WINTER – A SILENT SLEEP – 2010

Premiere date 16 Jan. 2010
Produced by Polish Dance Theatre, Company B. Valiente
Coproducers Avant Garden
Expressions Dance, Music, Multidisciplinary
Duration 50 minutter

Marcelino Martin Valiente – Dramaturge
Gunhild Bjørnsgaard – Chorégraphe
Anna Klimczak – Video/Film
Małgorzata Mielech – Dancer
Silje Marie Aker Johnsen – Dancer
Rolf-Erik Nystrøm- Saxofonist and Composer
Winter – a silent sleep (2010) by Company B. Valiente, choreographer Gunhild Bjørnsgaard and Polski Teatr Tańca was a dance performance investigating the magic melancholia of the cold season.Gunhild Bjørnsgaard – Choreography

Performance dates

16 May. 2010 – Grand Theatre in Łódź (Grand Theatre in Lodz) – Show
2 May. 2010 – Grand Theatre in Poznaniu (Grand Theatre in Poznan) – Show
25 Apr. 2010 – Verkstedhallen – Show
24 Apr. 2010 – Verkstedhallen – Show
21 Mar. 2010 – Hall (Central Art Pool) – Show
18 Mar. 2010 – The Main Stage (Municipal Theatre of Witold Gombrowicz in Gdynia)

The production Winter – a silent sleep by Company B. Valiente, choreographer Gunhild Bjørnsgaard and Polski Teatr Tańca was made in a meeting between four performing artists, the Norwegian saxophone player Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, singer/dancer Silje Aker Johnsen and the Polish dancers Małgorzata Mielech and Szymon Halik. Sounds and movement existed side by side in a journey through past and the experience of awaiting future. The production aimed to be a poetic examination of winter; of the great silence and what rises from silence.

The dance performance Winter – a silent sleep was part of Polski Teatr Tańca’s production cycle named after the seasons. The productions have been performed in different venues in Norway, and have toured France and Poland among other countries. Polski Teatr Tańca is the biggest dance theatre company of Poland and can best be compared to the Norwegian Carte Blanch.

Winter – a silent sleep took part in the MultiPliè dance festival.

Winter – a silent sleep by Company B. Valiente, Gunhild Bjørnsgaard and Polski Teatr Tańca was supported by FWK, EEA Grants Norway Grants, Arts Council Norway and the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs/MFA (travel grant/performing arts).

Source: Spring program 2010, Avant Garden.