International Academic Conference entitled “Literary Vision of Dance Theatre”


The most significant aim of the Conference is to present a broader view on how literature and dance theatre influence each other. It creates a great opportunity to confront different points of view of the artists and academics and to sum up the academic dispute about the relationship between those two fields of art. In the history of dance theatre and in the repertoire of its modern artists there are many examples of spectacles inspired by chosen literary motifs, characters or even biographies of great writers. Along the direct references to literature, many performances are filled with less obvious effects of the choreographers’ or dancers’ fascinations with certain literary works, periods or the works of a chosen poet, dramatist or novelist. At the Conference, therefore, we will attempt to answer the question how literary inspirations are reflected in the not always straightforward message of dance theatre, how its language is constructed and what influences the choice of the subject and a way of presenting it. We would also like to compare how different artists convey similar themes from the literary canon in their performances.

It is our desire to gather renowned Polish and international experts, academics and practitioners of the international dance theatre scene at the Conference. Therefore, we invite all theoreticians of dance theatre as well as students and graduates of Liberal Arts, Literary and Cultural Studies and all those with a passion for dance theatre from Poland and abroad to participate in our Conference. We truly hope that the papers and discussions prepared will add up to the development of dance theatre studies in Poland.


12.11 (Thursday)
10.30 – Theatre Meditation in Motion. Butoh dance and haiku, waka and turpistic literature – Małgorzata Wielgosz, MA, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
11.10 – Surrealistic Body – Butoh and the Idea of “a Quotation Passing Through.” – Ewa Janicka, MA, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
11.40 – Forbidden Colours – Obsessions and Fascinations of Yukio Mishimy and Tatsumi Hijikaty – Katarzyna Bester, MA, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
12.10 – coffee break
12.40 – Inspirations in Butoh Dance Theatre – Iwona Wojnicka, MA, The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw
13.10 – “Romeo and Juliet” Performed as a Ballet, why Bother? – How Kenneth Macmillan and Others Have Answered this Question – Stuart Sweeney, Critical Dance
13.40 – There’s no Point In Revolution without Dance. About the Political Meaning of Dance in the Polish Theatre of the Last Decade – Mariusz Jaskuła, MA, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
14.10 – discussion, end of session

13.11 (Friday)
10.00 – Russian Classics in Ballet Performances – Tatiana Asmołkowa, MA, Institute of Art Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw
10.30 – Idiots in Dance Theatre: the Charm of Dostoyevsky’s Writings – Irina Lappo, PhD, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
11.00 – Literary Inspirations in Pina Bausch’s Work – Aleksandra Dziurosz, PhD, The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw
11.30 – Dancer – a Being – the Presence – Tomasz Bazan, Maat Theatre
12.00 – coffee break
12.30 – Experiencing the Body. About the Artistic Method of Bretoncaffe Teatre and the “Dancing Sarah Cane” Performance – Julia Hoczyk, MA, Theatre Academy in Warsaw
13.00 – A Meeting with Leszek Bzdyl – Abort the Literary References in Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre
13.30 – discussion, end of session

14.11 (Saturday)
10.00 – Salome – the Figure of a Dancing Avengeress – Joanna Posłuszna, MA, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
10.30 – Josef Nadj’s Anthropological Theatre. Literature as the Source of Questions about the Human in the World. – Katarzyna Nocuń, MA, Theatre Academy in Warsaw
11.00 – Two Ways of Experiencing the Word: the Activities of Beckett’s Characters as Choreographic Material – Anna Królica, MA, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
11.30 – Music, Painting and Word of the 16th and 17th Century Masters in the Historical Dance Groups Performances, Cracovia Danza, Belriguardo and Others – Małgorzata Wojcieszuk, MA, Youth Culture Centre – MDK 2, Lublin
12.00 – coffee break
12.30 – Children’s Disease. About the Importance of Literature in the Polish Dance – Witold Mrozek, MA, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
13.00 – A Meeting with Hanna Strzemiecka – Abort the Literary References In the Lublin Dance Theatre
13.30 – discussion, end of session
14.30 – Closing of Conference

Gabriela Żuk
tel. +48 600 466 994
e-mail: gabrielazuk@op.pl