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 Post subject: Bytom 2008: Silesia-Wales dance mine project
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:15 pm 

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Magda Kupryjanowicz

A performance that is the culmination of the social project Silesia-Wales dance mine is full of surprises. Even those spectators accustomed to the space of Szombierki power station had no idea how the British choreographers Sally Varrall, Reachel Robertson and Phi Williams would exploit the postindustrial surroundings.

The performance starts on the staircase leading to the main hall with a member of the group Piekarskie Klachule standing on each level s. The older women are dressed in national costume and between them children from 6 to 12 from Młodzieżowa Grupa Tańca Współczesneg, Młodzi Gniewni, Arka Noego and pupils from Primary School nr 6 in Bytom. The women’s dresses confront the children’s modern t-shirts, and the slow and proud gestures of the adults contrasts with the children’s energetic movements. The choreographers made the most of the dancers’ physical abilities in a brilliant and original show about the meeting of two generations. When the motion of the children ends, the women perform traditional Silesian songs; the generation gap is enriched by the difference between their culture perception and attitude towards tradition.

With the conclusion of the singing, the children run to another room in the power station and the audience has no option but to follow them - this process continuing throughout . The children act as guides through the postindustrial space revealing some secrets of the unconventional surroundings. In various places they do synchronised dances, their mechanical movements and clangorous music bring to mind the machinery of a huge factory.

The final dance is performed together by the women and children, accompanied by the sound of harmoium and trumpet – typical instruments of the Silesia region. The trios of one woman and two children represent a symbol of communication between the generations and a chance for creative transmission of local culture. The choreographers have created a performance that doesn't allow our attention to waver for even an instant.

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