Eros Thanatos

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


Eros Thanatos"Eros Thanatos" is the newest spectacle created by Izadora Weiss and hers White Dance Theater. Choreography was made to music by Kronos Quartet, Karol Szymanowski and Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. Inspiration for Izadora Weiss was Jacek Malczewski's painting, where the obsessive intertwining of erotic motifs with the female personifications of Death is a canvas for many of his paintings. "Eros Thanatos" is performed by an international team of carefully selected dancers led by Izador Weiss. The spectator follows the paths of choreograper's imagination to discover new ways of expressing emotion through dance. Izadora Weiss designed the costumes and scenography herself, giving the spectacle her own character. The premiere took place on September 2017 in Teatr Polski in Warsaw. Theatre's director Andrzej Seweryn gave an institutional support to Izadora Weisse's new company.
The project was implemented from The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage funds.




The Tempest

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


The TempestAfter the truly daring project Netherlands Izadora Weiss returns to Shakespeare and proposes her own adaptation of The Tempest told with music and choreography of phenomenal artists from the BTT nowadays including new talents from all over the world. As usually in her case, Weiss holds on faithfully to her priorities in this production too. The relationship between music and dancing seems to be the most crucial for her, being the very condition of the theatre existence and a choreography foundation. She still observes a rule that there is nothing more essential in the art than telling a story of a man, his emotions, tragedies and heroic moral choices. All formal games with the pop culture seem to be unworthy of such high territory in the world of art as is a theatre stage. Human truth and emotions will never lose its rank in her eyes regardless of contempt shared by seekers of creativity based on destruction and panic avoiding of storytelling. The Tempest shall be therefore a rather casual interpretation of the Shakespeare’s drama when it comes to a place and time of the action but faithful to basic idea of this play in which overcoming of selfishness for the love of one’s daughter and feeling of justice gained by the one who has a great power over people, were given such beautiful theatrical scenery. The first symphony by Mahler accompanying this production turns it into a true gem.




Cool Fire

spectacle by Izadora Weiss





Waiting for....

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


In our spectacle we tell of those who wait, of the tension which builds up while we wait. Tensions complicate human relations. Being together evolves constantly. Nothing can be stable if each monad expects more than it has been given, more than it can win fighting desires of another monad. Yet, our spectacle is not a philosophical treatise about Leibnitz’s and Hegel’s ideas. We use the Hegellian triad only to observe how love between two people bears its own contradictions. These contradictions create, using other people involved in the lovers lives, triangles which calm the senses and combinations of such triangles.




Falling Angels

spectacle by Jiří Kylián


For Jiří Kylián, the fascinating aspect of Reich's composition lies in its rhythmical structure - especially in the stylistic device called phasing. It creates a floating underground where the choreography is free to develop independently. Whereas Kylián customarily considers music as the primary source for his choreographies - meaning that he sets his work on a (existing) musical structure - with Drumming he felt challenged to give unabridged priority to the dance. The result became an exciting and head-on flight of eight female dancers. Falling Angels - 'a piece about our profession' as the choreographer likes to comment on it.




Phaedra

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


It is a story of a tragic love of a stepmother to her young stepson. This masterpiece of French literature is transformed by Izadora Weiss with use of dance into a heart breaking story of impossible love, of guilt and of helplessness when faced with passions born within out of incomprehensible sources. It is about lies and a death that seems to be the only escape from this cursed trap. It is also a sophisticated show about relentless hierarchy in art and life which causes injustice and yet gives an incredible power to overcome weaknesses and fears.




Fun

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


An ironic dance fantasy about courtship, with choreography by Izadora Weis




Light

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


Spectacle by Izadora Weiss, inspired by Dutch painting. The choreographer’s imagination tries to answer the question about the fate of the famous Milkmaid by Vermeer, which for Wisława Szymborska became an allegory of the meaning of the world.




No More Play

spectacle by Jiří Kylián


The basic idea for this choreography is inspired by a small sculpture of Alberto Giacometti: a simple, slightly deformed board-game with little craters and ditches and two pieces of wood resembling human figures. One might feel like having been invited to a game, the rules of which are being kept secret, or have never been determined. But as you begin to play this mysterious game, you start to learn its laws (only sometimes too late). Anton Webern’s music has a fascinating feeling of essentiality and inevitability. Its sound and structure create captivating transparency and dynamic tension. These qualities assembled by Webern’s uncompromising genius become a source of energy which has a direct influence on anything that might be simultaneously happening on stage. The seriousness of much of what we set out to undertake, often results in no more than a grotesque grimace, but it should be accepted as such, and become a valid part of our being. So this choreographic play of bodies, mind, sound and light in time and space is merely a metaphor of a game with extremely severe rules, which someone wrote in a long forgotten language.




Out

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


The show Out premiered in 2010 and has been revived many times in its original form of a two-act evening. In 2013 Izadora Weiss decided to bring out the very essence of the performance and stage it in a shortened version, so that the message about the values inherent in the world of outsiders carried across more visibly. The music of this poetical show took on a more condensed form, and the BDT dancers filled it with additional interpretation. The theme of death wandering among the people, from which there is no escape even for outsiders, has become more acute in this version, and the lament of women after the loss of those who leave in spite of the love given them remains one of the most moving scenes in dance theatre.




Romeo and Juliet

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


The story of mythical lovers takes place in modern Baghdad. Juliet comes from rich, local family and is enmeshed in contradictions between her modern education and desires and imposed on her by her tradition and culture very strictly defined rules and prohibitions. Her mother and father have no doubts that obedience is her most important duty because it is them who represent will of society and God. Her brother Tibalt, with whom she grew up, is a strict, jealous guardian who does not take into account that her desires and opinions can differ from commonly accepted norm. Her only true friend is Nanny who manoeuvres on thin border between tradition, shamanism and love for forbidden freedom. Romeo is a soldier, one from many sent there on a stabilization mission. It is not important where he comes from. Maybe Spain? It is important though, he comes from foreign culture that is perceived here as a threat to local values. It is important he is an enemy and is of different faith. The meeting of two of them is from the very beginning, stigmatized with inevitable defeat. Their sudden love brings death and suffering.




Sarabande

spectacle by Jiří Kylián


On the background of Bach's Sarabande, Jiří Kylián is continuing his search for basic answers to a basic question of children: 'Why?...' Simple structures, banal situations, visions of dreamlike episodes, flashbacks, fractured motorics of dance and pantomime; they all are ingredients of this choreographic 'cookery' and ensure that the question will never be answered. Kylián has conceived Sarabande - like a number of his later works - as 'a venture by means of choreography'. It is fundamentally related to No More Play, Falling Angels, and Sweet Dreams - as a black and white sketch to be completed and coloured in the mind and fantasy of the observer. And, although their starting point is of clear intellectual nature, the result itself is determined by emotional energies. Bach's music, with its perfect structure and divine vision, is not interpreted - does not need any interpretation. As for this ballet, the contrast between music and dancing / sounds provides a voluptuous playground for human relations and instincts.




A Midsummer Night's Dream

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


Another Shakespearian masterpiece in the choreographic interpretation of Izadora Weiss. This time again she rejected the established musical version, composed by Mendelssohn Bartholdy, and she looked for a composer that in her view would be closest to this whimsical, royal-ludic comedy about the mysteries of love, sex and the world of dreams. Her choice fell on Goran Bregović and his sensual, brilliant interpretation of old folk motifs, which enjoys great popularity, especially in Poland. A brave and risky decision, but our charismatic artistic director of the BDT not for the first time shows evidence of her courage and extraordinary intuition for intertwining music and dance theatre. Her uncompromising stance in building her own style and a company comprised of imaginative personalities has brought her many admirers, not only in our country. The newest production will not let them down, and we believe it with increase their number by all those who love dance and the joy of life that can be achieved through it. Another sensational aspect of this project are the costumes designed by one of the greatest artists in the field, Gosia Baczyńska, reigning in the fashion world, but at the same time revealing much deeper resources of her talent in theatre.




Six Dances

spectacle by Jiří Kylián


Two centuries separate us from the time, Mozart wrote his German Dances. A historical period shaped considerably by wars, revolutions, and all sorts of social upheavals. With this in mind I found it impossible to simply create different dance numbers reflecting merely the humor and musical brilliance of the composer. Instead, I have set six seemingly non-sensical acts, which obviously ignore their surroundings. They are dwarfed in face of the ever present troubled world, which most of us for some unspecified reason carry in our souls. Although the entertaining quality of Mozart’s Sechs Tänze enjoys great general popularity, it shouldn't only be regarded as a burlesqué. Its humor ought to serve as a vehicle to point towards our relative values. Mozart's ability to react upon difficult circumstances with a self-preserving outburst of nonsensical poetry is well known. A fragment of a letter to his cousin is the finest example of this.




Death and the Maiden

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


BDT’s performance by Izadora Weiss, to Franz Schubert’s music. It’s a story of a Maiden who thought she could somehow plead Death, but she did not know that it’s impossible.




The Rite of Spring

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


Igor Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring is a work commonly known as the most difficult one in repertoires of respectable ballet companies in the entire world. It takes many years of a choreographer’s work with the dancers to create a basis for an attempt to produce the massed score once proposed to Sergei Diaghilev’s company by the genius composer. Vatslav Nijinsky, the first choreographer of this ballet, created a certain movement and interpretation standard which could not be discussed almost at all for a long time.




Tristan & Izolde

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


This is the latest production of BTT. A classical story is transformed in a moving show where as usual in case of Izadora Weiss, human passions and admiration for a man trying to fight against their dark powers dominate. The plot is just an excuse to reveal the truth about emotions with incredible artistic expression of the dancers who have been already recognised and appreciated in the world. Izadora Weiss does not retells the story from Wagner’s opera but creates her own vision of unfortunate love using selected compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki mixed with the contemporary variations on his music performed by Jonny Greenwood. Their joined album was a great sensation in the world of music. An incredible intuition of Weiss has allowed her to create a new quality with this personally created soundtrack and to adjust it surprisingly to a tragic story of lovers whose love was more important to them than the world around and who paid the ultimate price.




Windows

spectacle by Izadora Weiss


It's about a woman who gave her life to a dream and longing for something non-existent. Her real world, chances, emotions and people pass behind. She is unable to notice that, being so concentrated on illusion. The window she is staring through is of course a metaphor. The word Windows sends us to virtual reality tantalizing us through screens. Recently, that dangerously becomes our reality. Still, it can’t replace direct human contact, and real feelings present between us only here and now. Windows is a spectacle with music written by Leszek Możdżer. His piano solo very naturally transfers into Mozart’s piano concerto. Seconds pass before audience notices that something has changed, that this is new music. I like those moments very much. I’ve searched for someone who could connect with Mozart and only Leszek came to my mind. I even though that maybe Mozart today would think up like Możdżer, who is so fantastic improviser.