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Polish Dance Theatre

Fabula Rasa

Fabula Rasa,
photo Andrzej Grabowski, Polski Teatr Tańca

Fabula Rasa
Fabula Rasa,
photo Andrzej Grabowski, Polski Teatr Tańca

Polish Dance Theatre, a professional and autonomous collective, was founded in 1973. Its countenance evolved fro ballet-like spectacle forms to contemporary genres: dance theatre, characterised by crossing genres, as well as technical and stylistic borders, liberating itself from traditional methods of expression and leaning toward interdisciplinarity, as well as pursuing new theatre spaces and an improvisation-based process of creation.


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2019, London
Quinzena de Dança de Almada/International Dance Festival
2019, Almada
‘CLASH! When classic and contemporary dance collide and new forms emerge’ – EU programme ERASMUS+
2019, Roma, Derida, Almada, Amsterdam, Madrid
China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF)
2018, Shanghai
Theater im Pumpenhaus
2018, Münster
International Theatre Forum TEART
2018, Minsk
15th Belgrade Dance Festival
2018, Belgrad
6th Shenzhen International Friendship Cities Culture and Arts Week Poly Theatre
2017, Shenzhen
Tianjin Grand Theatre
2017, Tianjin
Harbin Opera House
2017, Harbin


LA Dance Film Festival 2020, Los Angeles, USA – StandardVision Award
2020, Los Angeles
European Design Awards
2019, Warsaw
The Professional Association for Design/Design Observer
2019, New York
Woodengate International Film Festival
2020, Baia Mare
Play Short 2019
2019, Barreiro
Austin Arthouse Film Festival
2019, Austin
Movimiento en Movimiento
2019, Mexico City
On Art Film Festival
2019, Warsaw
Mexico City Videodance Festival 2018
2018, Mexico City
ARTS TRIANGLE – Dance Film Festival
2018, Dallas

Fabula Rasa


Polish DanceTheatre


  • Maciej Kuźmiński Choreographer
  • Zbigniew Kozub Composer
  • Stanisław Moniuszko Composer
  • Ilona Binarsch Set & costume designer
  • Paul Bargetto Dramaturge
  • Paweł Murlik Lighting designer

Performance synopsis

Fabula Rasa’ is the first collaboration between the emerging choreographer Maciej Kuźmiński and the well-known Polish Dance Theatre. From the very first moment of the performance, we set off on a disturbing, surreal and hypnotic journey into the depths of human personality – which is then annihilated, in order to be reborn in a metaphysical perspective. Inspired by the book ‘Fabula Rasa’, the last work of the post-war poet Edward Stachura, and drawing from the classical composer Stanisław Moniuszko's music, as well as utilising traditional sheepskin coats from the Soviet Era, this work, in a poetic way, becomes the quintessence of Polishness.

Duration70" Crew *26 Artists16
Premiere 2019-11-19, Poznań

* cast plus technical support

Promotional details
  • The performance was co-organised by the Institute of Music and Dance within the framework of the Choreographic Commissions 2019 programme.
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