Nijinsky. The Rite of Dreams

16. 6. 2015. / 20:00 / ZKM

Slawek Krawczynski / Tomasz Wygoda / Anna Godowska
the_rite_of_dreams_project (PL)


New staging of groundbreaking in the history of music and theatre Igor Stravinsky's ‘The Rite of Spring’. Solo performance as a trip into the depths of Vaslav Nijinsky's unconsciousness – recognised as a scandalous and legendary precursor of modern dance. A story about longing for the innocence when the heart was at the centre of thought. It is also a desire to turn back to the times in which community established its identity through the simple act of ritual dance and where relation with God was as direct and natural as the one between men.

We started our work from the "Diary", which seemed to us as a book of dreams, dreamed awake and frantically saved. And so we find ourselves in a world that is constantly teetering between ecstasy and nothingness, torn by contradictions. It is quite amazing that a piece that particularly accurately and deeply relates to this situation, is the "Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky - the ballet, to which the first choreography was created by Nijinsky. This work, offers us a picture of the volcanic forces that are fighting for their formation in the world, putting us almost directly into the reality in which was Nijinsky’s an everyday experience. Psychiatric diagnosis should not obscure the nature of these experiences. They are a mysterious process that even today brings us a message. In his ballets and in his "Diary" - consciously or unconsciously - Nijinsky posed questions about the nature of our existence.
Slawek Krawczyński

During the Polish Dance Platform 2014 in Lublin Nijinsky. The Rite of Dreams won two of the three Special Awards of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland:
- for the best production (performance): Sławomir Krawczyński, Tomasz Wygoda, Anna Godowska,
- for the best performer: Tomasz Wygoda