FESTIVAL DANSES-CITÉS / La Galerie Chorégraphique – 09/09/2020

842 Avenue Jules Verne, 11000 Carcassonne, Francja / Fabrique Des Arts / Carcassonne / France

Concept and choreography: Magdalena Przybysz

Direction: Agata Życzkowska

Dramaturgy and texts: Magdalena Przybysz / Agata Życzkowska

Performers: Magdalena Przybysz / Mirek Woźniak / Agata Życzkowska

Costumes: Anna Ciupryk

Choreographic cooperation: Wojciech Grudziński

Production: Fundacja Rozwoju Teatru ‘NOWA FALA’ /Theatre Development Foundation ‘NEW WAVE’

Partners: Adam Mickiewicz Institute / PROM of Culture Saska Kępa

The performance was created thanks to co-financing of the capital city of Warsaw

Polish premiere: 30.06.2017 / Warsaw / Poland

International premiere: 9.09.2019 / Montreal / Canada

Duration: 40 min.

Fot. Karolina Jóźwiak


The actress and the choreographer are looking at their artistic roots and their stories together, taking on the topic of education and identity. They try to identify what gives them wings and what brings them down. All to the rhythms of the 1980s, Polish folklore, contemporary dance, classic dance influences and full of absurds made in Poland. 

Absolutely Fabulous Dancers seek answers and inspirations in the past, in Polish history, everyday movement, body memory and performative tools. This way, the artists from the HOTELOKO movement makers create their unique, absurd and slightly bizarre dance style. It breaks down stereotypes and expectations about who the dancer should be. They are asking questions: What has shaped us? Where are we heading? Does anyone know what our lives would look like without the education that we had to go through? Do we have to wake up and unlearn everything we had to learn to go on? Can you find peace, despite the recurring story that comes back like a boomerang?

„See me beautiful

Look for the best in me

It’s what I really am

And all I want to be

It may take some time

It may be hard to find

But see me beautiful”

Song by Marshall Rosenberg

The performers begin dancing together to a Polish song by Zdzisława Sośnicka. Actually, what they are doing is not really dancing – what we see is movement, pulsation, rhythm. In fact, the dancers are not dancing collectively, but each seems to be dancing alone. The lyrics of the song played are not accidental either:

“An alley of stars

We’re running through an alley of stars

God knows the way, under a starlit sky

Under a starlit sky we live

Everyone is their own”



“You can be convinced that we are the same as you are, cured from the same clay. We have no other purpose than the one we declared. This is the basic program for our action. If you help us, we will try to achieve this goal together. Can you help?”

A fragment of a communistic propaganda speech, 1970s, Edward Gierek