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

Gunhild Bjørnsgaard – Choreographer

Marcelino Martin Valiente – Dramaturge
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 in collaboration with Polski Teatr Tańca is a dance performance investigating the magic melancholia of the cold season. The choreographer investigate through her private experience about loss and mourning, the germination of a new life. 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 production 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.

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)

Winter – a silent sleep took part in the MultiPliè dance festival 2010, in Trondheim. Norway.

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.