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Beniamin Citkowski surrounded by “The Brides of Dracula” in Eros Thanatos.© Krzysztof Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Bialy Teatr Tanca Izadory Weiss – Eros Thanatos – Warsaw

★★★★✰   Biały Teatr Tańca (it means White Dance Theatre), is a new vehicle for the work of the uber-talented choreographer, Izadora Weiss, a protégé of the great Jiri Kylian…

Baltic Dance Theatre in Tristan and Izolde.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Tristan and Izolde, Death and the Maiden – Gdansk

★★★✰✰   What is different is the profound impact of Weiss’s choreography over this sixty-minute piece. Her movement is always busy and intensely musical but generally it is a means to an end…

Izadora Weiss.© Sebastian Cwikla. (Click image for larger version)

Izadora Weiss – Choreographer and AD of Baltic Dance Theatre, on her new Tristan and Isolde

Izadora Weiss’ latest work premieres on the 26 May in Baltic Dance Theatre’s home opera house at Gdansk and we look forward to reviewing it. In the meantime we wanted to know more about Tristan and Isolde and how the choreographer approaches dance making…

Beata Giza and Beniamin Citkowski in Phaedra.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Phaedra, The Tempest – Gdansk

It seems now to be a given that any new work by Izadora Weiss will combine dramatic, narrative-based dance theatre with a profound visual impact, danced to challenging, powerful music.

Filip Michalak and Beata Giza in Body Master.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Fun, Death and the Maiden, Body Master – Warsaw

Unlike Kylián, Weiss generally works from an overt storyline and her own libretto for Body Master is loosely based on the life of Gordon Craig, the English pioneer of modernist theatre…

Tura Gomez Coll as Ariel in The Tempest.© K. Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – The Tempest – Gdansk

Weiss is taking Baltic Dance Theatre on a journey that needs to be seen outside as well as inside Poland.

Baltic Dance Theatre in Jiri Kylian's Falling Angels.© K. Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Netherlands bills 1 & 2 – Gdansk

Baltic Dance Theatre have just presented two Netherlands inspired nights of dance with local premieres by Izadora Weiss (director), Jiri Kylian and Patrick Delcroix. Graham Watts with a comprehensive report…

Amelia Forrest (Servant) and Filip Michalak (Master) in Light by Izadora Weiss.© Sebastian Cwikla. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Netherlands 1 bill: Clash, Fun, Light – Gdansk

The big event was Light, set to the music of Phillip Glass and based upon Symborska’s poem about “that woman from the Rijksmuseum” (a reference to the servant girl that Vermeer painted pouring milk).

Baltic Dance Theatre in The Rite of Spring.© Krzysztof Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Rite of Spring – Warsaw

This is as powerful as dance theatre gets and a bill that connects and chimes with us all.

Poster for A Midsummer Night's Dream with Sayaka Haruna as Puck.© Sebastian Cwikla. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Gdansk

Ultimately this was a very human take on the ‘Dream’ – full of emotional punch, fun and bold movement in a clever modern staging. It’s a production that you could take anywhere…

Baltic Dance Theater in Jiri Kylian's No More Play.© Sebastian Cwikla. (Click image for larger version)

Baltic Dance Theatre – Kylian/Weiss bill: Windows, No More Play, Six Dances – Gdansk

It is refreshing to see Jiri Kylian’s repertoire performed by a mostly modern company, and the two works of his that completed the programme were danced with an encouraging sense of theatrical flair.

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