• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 13 May 2011


    Teatr Okazjonalny / Occasion Dance Theatre

    Alchemist of Hallucination

     Embassy of Poland has the pleasure to invite for the performance of Occasion Dance Theatre titled "Alchemist of Hallucination" which will be played on Wednesday, 4th of June at 8 pm in Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, Jl. Gedung Kesenian.

    Dance performance is inspired by Polish great poet, Zbigniew Herbert's Mr. Cogito poems.

    As the authors themselves explain, the idea to create a dance performance inspired by the poetry of Zbigniew Herbert was born from a need to explore two fundamental subjects from a human and artistic perspective. These subjects, what we might term a sense of life and the meaning of creation, indicate that the performance is not merely the acting out of poetry but is itself a creative and personal interpretation.

    The performance is composed of certain tableaux and images, each devoted to a specific, previously chosen poem. While working on the structure of the performance, the authors have retained the original conception and perspective of the actual book of poems. From close observation of the self, and analysis of the physical and spiritual ego: (Mr. Cogito is observing his face in the mirror, About the two legs of Mr. Cogito, On the edge of the precipice of Mr. Cogito), to the achievement of a perfect state of equanimity and alienation: (Mr. Cogito and a pure thought, Mr. Cogito and the movement of thoughts, Alienations of Mr. Cogito), until the human is placed in hyperreality, the world of gossip-mongering and sensation-seeking: (Mr. Cogito and magic, What Mr. Cogito thinks about hell). Finally, they conclude with a much needed massage: (Mr. Cogito and correct posture, Massage of Mr. Cogito).

    For the creators, the most important aspect of this performance is their deep belief that both poetry and dance theatre can capture the internal life of a human being, capture the complexity of human reflections and observations, and present them in a clear, understandable, but at the same time, metaphorical way.

    In their interpretation the authors draw from what they consider to be the universal values of Zbigniew Herbert's poems. They are not investigating political facets of the poems, but rather their eternal meanings and the contemporary dangers that they illustrate. The latter, of course, have changed since the poems were written. "Our performance is contemporary and relevant but does not derive from or make use of traditional dance art, costume or music" - the authors say.

    Idea, choreography and dance: Joanna Czajkowska and Jacek Krawczyk.

    Music: Rafal Detkos

    Scenography: Jacek Krawczyk

    Costumes: Jola Sloma, Mirek Trymbulak

    Jeweller's metal work: Edyta Smorawska, Marcin Tomaszewski.

    Lights: Ela Okroy, Ewa Okroy

    Promotion photography: Magdalena Brzezińska, Radoslaw Orlowski

    Duration: 43 minutes

    Venue of Realisation: Sopocka Scena Off de Bicz, Teatr na Plazy, ul:Mamuszki 2, 81-718 Sopot, Poland.

    Premiere: 15th of December 2006


    The performance was realised thanks to funding it receives from The Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Board of the Pomerania Province Budget, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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