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Concept / choreography / performance

Dominik Więcek


The Mamas & The Papas - California Dreamin, John Hoppkins Immunity

Based on

T. Kantor "Intimate Comments"

Artistic collaboration

Orly Portal


BEST SOLO DANCE PERFORMANCE and AUDIENCE AWARD at the SzólóDuó International Dance Festival in Budapest in 2015.

JURY'S AWARD in the competition 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... DANCE! 2015 in Krakow



In praise of self-acceptance, adoration of life. Manifestation of faith in the extraordinary and uniqueness of each person, living in harmony with yourself. Objection to being influenced by others.

An original solo presented during the Young Choreographers platform at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen.

The young dancer in his solo "No thanks. [I don't drink alcohol.] ”was inspired by Tadeusz Kantor's Intimate Comments. However, we will not find any formal references to the artist's theatrical or artistic work in the performance. Więcek's movement seems to flow from the body itself, without any mediation of the intellect; it is subtle, fluent and even soothing. The dancer starts the performance lying on his back, illuminated by a single point of light. Gradually, his body "wakes up", the movement intensifies, first into a series of unhurried sections of movement on the floor, then the dancer takes over the entire hall. There is no striving for effect in these sequences, but there is a joy of moving - , full of peace and subtle humor.

In "No Thanks. [I don't drink alcohol.]” the rhythms are perfectly distributed, the transitions to the next phases of movement follow each other smoothly, efortlessly.

The unquestionable strength of Więcek as a dancer is his enormous concentration and even acting charisma - he can stay still for a long time,, and he still focuses the entire attention of the audience on himself. It is an undoubted talent, probably as much natural as it comes from the dancer's self-awareness.

"No thanks. [I don't drink alcohol.] ”is a successful attempt to draw attention to moments in life that usually pass unnoticed; those few moments when we feel the joy of being there, the carelessness that calms us down. It is a subtle affirmation of life, positive naivety, unflattering, completely without cheap slackness or sentimentality.

Mirosław Baran

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