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Graham Watts about The Tempest

24.06.2015

Izadora Weiss’s exhilarating and always absorbing new production of The Tempest is a masterpiece of dance theatre; remaining faithful to Shakespeare’s story while also reinvigorating the wonder of his narrative, quoting Graham Watts.

Izadora Weiss’s exhilarating and always absorbing new production of The Tempest is a masterpiece of dance theatre; remaining faithful to Shakespeare’s story while also reinvigorating the wonder of his narrative.
 
Izadora Weiss recreates the magic of Shakespeare’s theatrical illusion in her skilfully constructed, danced adaptation of The Tempest.
 
She succeeds where many other choreographers have failed. Where they have been shipwrecked on the rocks of The Tempest’s complexity, Weiss has navigated the narrative with such skill as to have distilled the essence of Shakespeare’s last play into 80 minutes of complete clarity.  It is achieved with such simplicity as to be barely credible.
 
The choice of Mahler’s first symphony – augmented by the famous adagio from his fifth symphony – is inspirational and serves the tempestuous storyline with a faithful authenticity,  by providing descriptive themes for Prospero, Ariel, Miranda and others and luscious melodies for the key dance events. 
 
The whole cast are outstanding in bringing to life the characters of the Tempest. Filip Michalak gives such a towering performance as Prospero that one could easily imagine that he has the power to whip up a storm.
 
The remarkable simplicity of set design is offset by astonishingly effective lighting (also designed by Weiss).
Weiss has the alchemist’s ability to structure her work effectively, with impressive beginnings that draw the audience in, and memorable endings that stay implanted on our collective consciousness. 
She always leaves us wanting more. 
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The Tempest - review by Jann Parry

11.06.2015

Weiss is taking Baltic Dance Theatre on a journey that needs to be seen outside as well as inside Poland, quoting Jann Parry from DanceTabs.com.

Though the conclusion relies on Mahler’s adagio to deliver the emotional resolution of the work, it is an effective epilogue. Weiss has conveyed her own understanding of Shakespeare’s last play, in which he may have identified himself with Prospero, asking for redemption. She has given her company a range of well-developed roles, creating a distinctive movement style for her main characters and, especially, the female ensemble of nymphs who carry the first part of the production. Tura Gomez Coll is outstanding as Ariel, a fascinating combination of feminine and boyish attributes in her assertive way of dancing. She is entirely persuasive as a mischievous sprite and as a Leonardo angel in touch with another world. (...) Weiss is taking Baltic Dance Theatre on a journey that needs to be seen outside as well as inside Poland.

Jann Parry, DanceTabs.com

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Otello - new premiere

10.03.2015

April 25th new premiere - Otello, an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's play.

April 25th new premiere - Otello, an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's play.

More about Otello - here.

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New review by Graham Watts

28.11.2014

(...) it is clear that the pupil is now herself becoming a master. Weiss’s bold and imaginative choreography has already established her unique brand of dance theatre through a collection of excellent works that deserve a world audience of their own.

(...) it is clear that the pupil is now herself becoming a master. Weiss’s bold and imaginative choreography has already established her unique brand of dance theatre through a collection of excellent works that deserve a world audience of their own.

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New premiere

22.09.2014

November 8th and 9th new Baltic Dance Theatre there will be new BDT's premiere - project Netherlands: Clash / Fun / Light - the first part, and Body Master / Falling Angels / Sarabande - the second one.

November 8th and 9th new Baltic Dance Theatre there will be new BDT's premiere - project Netherlands: Clash / Fun / Light - the first part, and Body Master / Falling Angels / Sarabande - the second one.

Netherlands is a big project, on which BDT has been working throughout 2014. However, already in March, at the pre-premiere performances, BDT presented the first part of the project, which consisted of three choreographies: Patrick Delcroix’s Clash and Izadora Weiss’ Fun and Light.

November BDT will show also Izadora Weiss' new premiere - Body Master. Falling Angels and Sarabande are works from the greatest hits of Jiří Kylián.

Other spectacles: November 14th, 15th, 16th.
 
More about Clash / Fun / Light - here.
More about Body Master / Falling Angels / Sarabande - here.

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Casting

18.06.2014

Baltic Dance Theatre is pleased to announce an open audition for professional dancers (man and women) Ballet School Graduates, who are interested in joining BDT company. Audition will be held in Gdańsk on 2014, August 18 (Monday).

Baltic Dance Theatre is pleased to announce an open audition for professional dancers (man and women) Ballet School Graduates, who are interested in joining BDT company. Audition will be held in Gdańsk on 2014, August 18 (Monday).


All applicants shall send an email with cv and photos (portrait and in motion) to:
Natalia Madejczyk impresariat@operabaltycka.pl
 

Deadline for application is 2014, July 15.
 

Baltic Dance Theatre reserves the right to send an invitation to participate in the program only to artists, selected on the basis of submitted applications.
 

Program of audition:
-    learning of choreography selected by BDT`s director;
-    presentation of 2-3 minutes of own solo choreography.

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Baltic Dance Theatre at Istanbul Theatre Festival

31.01.2014

Baltic Dance Theatre will show A Midsummer Night's Dream at Istsnbul Theatre Festival on May 31, 2014.

Baltic Dance Theatre will show spectacles on May 31, 2014. A Midsummer Night's Dream will be shown twice.

About the Istanbul Theatre Festival:

Bringing together theatre companies and dance groups from Turkey and abroad with the audience, The Istanbul Theatre Festival, first held in 1989, is an international event organised during three weeks in May. Organised biennially since 2002, the festival hosts carefully selected companies and artists that open up new horizons for both the audience and the art world. Once in every two years, national and international, classical and contemporary renditions are brought to the stage through the lens of the Istanbul Theatre Festival.

Baltic Dance Theatre at Istanbul Theatre Festival - project co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

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The Best World Premiere

14.11.2013

With great joy we would like to announce that "A Midsummer Night`s Dream" by Baltic Dance Theatre was titled The Best World Premiere 2013 by Dance Europe magazine.

With great joy we would like to announce that "A Midsummer Night`s Dream" by Baltic Dance Theatre was titled The Best World Premiere 2013 by Dance Europe magazine.

We feel very honored and dared to invite you to see “A Midsummer Night`s Dream” in Baltic Opera on 19, 20 and 21st of December 2013.

 

We recommend you also review of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Rite of Spring, published in "Financial Times":

Laura Cappelle, Polish dance strides ahead, "Financial Times", 14 November 2013

 

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Ubu Rex - new premiere

26.09.2013

September 27th new Baltic Opera's premiere. Ubu Rex is an opera by Krzysztof Penderecki; directed by Janusz Wiśniewski, music direction - Wojciech Michniewski.

September 27th new Baltic Opera's premiere. Ubu Rex is an opera by Krzysztof Penderecki; directed by Janusz Wiśniewski, music direction - Wojciech Michniewski.

More about Ubu Rex - here.

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Maria - new premiere

21.08.2013

August 25th new Baltic Opera's premiere. Maria is an opera by Roman Statkowski; directed by Michael Gieleta, music direction - Łukasz Borowicz.

August 25th new Baltic Opera's premiere. Maria is an opera by Roman Statkowski; directed by Michael Gieleta, music direction - Łukasz Borowicz.

Opera is based on Antoni Malczewski’s poem Maria.

More about Maria - here.

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