Performances of Warsaw Dance Theatre

"Chopin - ex-saturo"

Choreography and direction: Aleksandra Dziurosz
Music: Fryderyk Chopin
Costumes and stage design: Magda Grabowska
Video direction: Tomasz Tarnawski
Dancers: Joanna Drabik, Aleksandra Dziurosz, Anna Maria Karabela, Anna Lorenc, Robert Bondara, Bartosz Zyśk
Running time: 50 min

The music of Fryderyk Chopin – its depth, emotionality, multiplicity - saturates, satisfies, and dies away (from Latin – Ex-sătŭrō). In human life similar roles play: faith, hope and love. Contemplating a sense of human existence in reflection of those three truths and the music of Frederic Chopin became the leading theme while developing the piece. The intention of the dance composition Chopin – ex-saturo is to show the interpretational multiplicity of Chopin's music and its inspirational content, through an attempt to bring  it together in a dance theatre performance, where movement (in a contemporary dance technique), lighting, stage design, and video projections, connected with each other will each constitute additional aspect of expression.

I would like to dedicate this performance to my parents – Grażyna and Józef.
Aleksandra Dziurosz

The premiere of Chopin – ex-saturo performance took place in Warsaw on 28th of July 2008 during The Chopiniana – VI Days of Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw. The follow-up performances took places:

  • during The XVI International Theatre Festival Dionysia in Ciechanów
    (Poland, Sep. 12, 2008)
  • during The I National Congress of Cultural Education, Stara Prochoffnia Theatre (Warsaw/Poland, Nov. 21, 2008)
  • during The II Warsaw Evening of Choreography (Warsaw/Poland, Dec. 8, 2008)
  • during The Re:visions 3rd Independent Art Invasion (Warsaw/Poland, Dec. 13, 2008)
  • during The Body-Art-Movement vol. 2 (Warsaw/Poland, Jan. 19, 2009)
  • during the dance evenig, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (Warsaw/Poland, Feb. 9, 2009)
  • during The VII International Dance Theatre Festival Chopin and his friends. Inspiration, Polish Dance Theatre-Ballet Poznan, Polish Theatre (Poznan/Poznan, Aug. 18, 2010)
  • in Iwata City Culture Hall (Iwata/Japan, Oct. 10, 2010)
  • in Theater X Cai - 2 performances (Tokio/Japan, Oct. 13, 2010)
  • in Nowy Theatre (Zabrze/Poland, Nov. 29, 2010)
  • in Powszechny Theatre (Warsaw/Poland, Jun. 17, 2011)
  • in Grand Theatre-Polish National Opera (Warsaw/Poland, Jun. 30, 2011)


Direction: Aleksandra Dziurosz
Choreography: Warsaw Dance Theatre
Music: Marek Kacprzak
Consulting director: Tomasz Szczepanek
Costumes and stage design: Magda Grabowska
Lights: Ewa Garniec
Dancers: Aleksandra Dziurosz, Anna Maria Karabela, Urszula Koss, Dorota Kossowska, Bartosz Miłosz Martyna (guest artist)
Running time: 45 min

The premiere of Trwa-nie performance took place in Warsaw on 12th of December 2008 during The II Warsaw Dance Night Body/Mind, Centralny Basen Artystyczny, Warsaw, Poland. The follow-up performances took places:

  • during The WW.TT Warsaw International Evenings of Dance Theatre (Warsaw/Poland, Apr. 21, 2009)
  • during The International Competition Movement Baltic Contest 2010, Gdansk Dance Festival (Gdansk/Poland, Jun. 15, 2010)
  • in Okęcka Sala Widowiskowa (Warsaw/Poland, Jun. 5, 2011)


Direction: Aleksandra Dziurosz
Music: Karolina Amirian
Improvisation: Tomasz Busławski – saxophone, Jakub Szydło – drums
Dancers: Aleksandra Dziurosz, Joanna Haszcz
Running time: 45 min

Ex-it is a performance based on movement and music improvisation. Its main assumption is to attempt to distance oneself from fashions and trends in the current dance and movement theatre. It is a summary image of subjective insights into the art of scenic expression which uses the movement as a tool. The performers do not comment on the image in a specific way. During the spectacle, they interact with musicians improvising live and the previously prepared music version.
The Ex-it premiered during the Com`in Festival, Mazovia Region Centre of Culture and Arts (Warsaw/Poland, Nov. 26, 2009).

"One day with Fryderyk"

The collage of music, dance and words
Idea: Aleksandra Dziurosz
Music: Fryderyk Chopin
Words: Bartosz Miłosz Martyna
Dancers: Aleksandra Dziurosz and Liwia Bargieł
Running time: 28 min

The aim of the performance is not to provide a true and accurate historical reconstruction of reality and rituals of the composer living and acting in the first half of the 19th century. We would like to invite you to a tour of emotional states which accompany subsequent parts of our day - from the somnolent, hazy morning through the vivid, active day to the fatigued, long-awaited evening. The starting point of this journey is Fryderyk Chopin’s music. It is an inspiration to dance using modern dance techniques between dance theatre and movement theatre. Moreover, the programme includes fragments of letters of Chopin himself which depict him not only as a great composer, but also as an ordinary man who faces everyday's problems.

The performance premiered during the 4th Chopin Club (Polish Evening) at the Mazovia Region Centre of Culture and Arts (Warsaw/Poland, Oct. 5, 2010).


Idea: Aleksandra Dziurosz
Music: folk music
Dancers: Liwia Bargieł, Alesandra Dziurosz, Anna Maria Karabela, Bartosz Miłosz Martyna (guest artist)
Running time: 10 min

Variation on getting married, the borderline moment in life, seen from the perspective of three different women. The storyline has been divided into three parts: ceremony preparations, the wedding itself and the results of this act.

The premiere of Marriage took place at the Palace of Culture& Science in Warsaw during the Re:visions Festival- the 4th Independent Art Invasion on 3rd of December 2010.

The follow-up performances took places:

  • during the 3rd Warsaw Evening of Choreography at 6th Floor Theatre (Warsaw/Poland, Dec. 6, 2010)
  • during the "Inspiration" project at Centre of Culture and Art (Płońsk/Poland, Mar. 20, 2011)
  • during the inauguration of "Kwartalnik Ruchu" (BODY-ART-MOVEMENT vol. 6 - evening of dance theater and contemporary dance) at Mazovia Region Centre of Culture and Art (Warsaw/Poland, Mar. 21, 2011)


Choreography and direction: Aleksandra Dziurosz
Music: Aleksandra Bilińska, Stanisław Moryto, polish folk music
Stage design: Magdalena Brzeska
Costumes: Natalia Roefler-Rejzmund
Lights: Bartosz Miłosz Martyna, Prot Jarnuszkiewicz (consultations)
Dancers: Aleksandra Dziurosz, Anna Maria Karabela, Anna Majder, Adam Strug (guest artist)
Running time: 45 min

"Contrasts" arise concerns about meaning and unpredictability of human life. It tells us about our emotions, desires and fears, about aspirations and dreams, career and insatiable ambitions. Exaggerated passion, cynicism and egoism – all strong feelings –sometimes transform themselves into subordination, manipulation and entanglement which as a consequence spread hopelessness and helplessness. Dancer try to investigate these various behaviours and ask the very old and as well extremely vivid question about the value of our lives. Do we live in the world of true or delusional values? Can we still give each other love, warmth and good? Or rather we are totally washed out of kindness, subtlety and sensitivity? How do we perceive difference? And does “different” always mean “strange”? "Contrasts" reflect also upon tradition. Why it isn’t a guidance of our life anymore? Why it isn’t inspiration for us?  What is the reason for its often refuting and denying? Do the modern times leave room for ideals? Inspiration of the performance was traditional texts and songs of the polish region called Kurpie.

Prepremiere: Jun. 17, 2011 in Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw.

Premiere: Jun. 30, 2011 in a Grand Theatre-Polish National Opera in Warsaw.

The follow-up performances took places:

  • II "Movement Quarterly", BODY-ART-MOVEMENT vol. 7, Mazovia Region Centre of Culture and Arts (Warsaw, Poland, Jun. 20, 2011)
  • Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 23, 2011)
  • International Ballet Festival; Ballet Days Olomouc („Mezinarodni Baletni Festival; Ballet Days Olomouc”), Moravske Divadlo (Olomouc, Czech Republic, Nov. 26, 2011)
  • Warsaw Dance Night, Studio Theatre (Warsaw, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011)