Projekt. Noce i dnie [Project. Nights and Days] is the second presentation (after Teraz jest czas) of Mikołaj Mikołajczyk’s work with the singing ensemble Wrzos from Zakrzewo near Poznań. The elderly people’s choir at the Community Centre in Zakrzewo was founded not only to fulfil their need for musical expression, but also to create a community that overcomes the stereotypes related to old age. In their latest project, the choir members approach not only theatre of movement assignments, but also their own life stories. They find inspiration in Maria Dąbrowska’s Noce i dnie [Nights and Days], a historical novel set in Wielkopolska.
The show also features dancer Iwona Pasińska and actor Adam Ferency.
The show was created within the framework of Wielkopolska: Rewolucje, a project of the Regional Government of Wielkopolska, curated by Agata Siwiak.
Direction, choreography: Mikołaj Mikołajczyk
Dramaturgy: Małgorzata Dziewulska
Musical arrangement: Zbigniew Kozub
Set design, video: Mirek Kaczmarek
Performed by: Edmund Bindek, Urszula Chałubek, Jan Cieślik, Irena Czermak, Alicja Dąbek, Bogdan Dąbrowski, Danuta Okońska, Janusz Okoński, Eugenia Płaczek, Łucja Podlewska, Jerzy Podlewski, Józefa Polak, Maria Trokowska, Jan Wojciechowski, Danuta Zdrenka (artyści z Zespołu Śpiewaczego „Wrzos” / artists of Zespół Śpiewaczy “Wrzos”), and Iwona Pasińska and Adam Ferency
Duration: ok. / approx. 80 min.
Collaboration: Zakrzewski Dom Kultury „Dom Polski”
MIKOŁAJ MIKOŁAJCZYK is a choreographer and dancer, one of the few in the contemporary dance milieu to use ballet techniques. He graduated from the Secondary Ballet School in Poznań, and later, studied history of art and sociology. He went through all the stages of a dancer’s career: from member of the corps de ballet, to first soloist and ballet director. He has also directed stage movement in opera and drama performances for Maja Kleczewska, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Grzegorz Jarzyna and Krzysztof Garbaczewski, among others.