'Bollywood dancing is exciting'

Contemporary twist

'Bollywood dancing is exciting'

Zawirowania Dance Theatre from Poland which was founded in 2004 and the troupe shot to popularity in a short time, not only in their hometown but also across the world. They were invited to perform in several countries and feel that their exposure to the world of dance has only grown over the years.

On their first visit to Bengaluru to perform during the Attakkalari India Biennial 2017, the team says that they are delighted to be in India and interact with the dancers here.

They are best known for their contemporary dance moves and the team does well to experiment and incorporate different dance forms. This, the dancers believe, adds a lot of variety to their performance. In an interview with Nina C George, Wlodzimierz Keaczkowske, the theatrical director of the dance troupe, talks about their experience of performing in India.

How do you blend dance and theatre in movement?  
We try to tell a story through our performances. We switch between dance and theatre in our movements. There’s always one man and two women in all our performances and we try to capture emotions and portray a slice of reality. Our latest production, ‘Closeness’, was created as a result of the cooperation between the dancers of Zawirowania Dance Theatre– Elwira Piorun, Karolina Kroczak, and Szymon Osiński — and Slovak choreographer Tomas Nepsinsky.

How would you describe your style?
Our style is contemporary. We have dancers among us who are trained in ballet, so that gives us a chance to mix different styles. We try to weave in our experiences and the images that we see during our travels into our dance compositions and performances. We also try to showcase the different cultures and the way of life of the people who we meet through our performances.   

Could you tell us about your performance in Bengaluru?
The piece is titled, ‘Closeness’ and it talks about relationships and the emotions that come with it.

The man in the relationship is confronted with the image of ‘masculinity’ that women had created, and poetic images in the performance depict the distortion of relationships over time.

What do you think about the dance scene in India?  
I find that India has a rich variety when it comes to dance. Bollywood dancing is exciting and the movements are indeed very experimental and interesting. I would like to invite dancers from India to perform in our country someday.   

Did you get a chance to explore the city?
We would like to go around and visit the temples and parks here. And as far as shopping is concerned, we would like to pick up something that is very unique to the city and its people.

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