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Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland
April 2000

Battery Dance Company worked and performed here in April 2000. 


Dates

  • April 15 - 19, 2000 (part of the Finland 2000 Tour)

    Program Activities

  • 3 Performances at the Alexander Theatre

  • Community Outreach Programs, Arts-in Education Program at English Language School and International School.

    Sponsors

  • US Embassy Finland

  • Finland Tour, 2000

    Helsinki, Finland
    Turku, Finland
    Espoo, Finland
    Tapiola, Finland
    Tampere, Finland

    Turku, Finland

    Turku, Finland
    April 2000

    Battery Dance Company worked and performed here in 2000.


    Dates

  • April 15 - 19, 2000 (part of the Finland 2000 Tour)

    Program Activities

  • 2 performances at Aurinkobaletti

    Sponsors

  • US Embassy Finland

  • Finland Tour, 2000

    Helsinki, Finland
    Turku, Finland
    Espoo, Finland
    Tapiola, Finland
    Tampere, Finland

    Espoo, Finland

    Helsinki, Finland
    April 2000

    Battery Dance Company worked and performed here in 2000. 


    Dates

  • April 15 - 19, 2000 (part of the Finland 2000 Tour)

    Program Activities

  • Community Outreach, Arts in Education Programs at Espoonlahti High School and Senior High, Espoo

    Sponsors

  • US Embassy Finland

  • Finland Tour, 2000

    Helsinki, Finland
    Turku, Finland
    Espoo, Finland
    Tapiola, Finland
    Tampere, Finland

    Tapiola, Finland

    Helsinki, Finland
    April 2000

    Battery Dance Company worked and performed here in 2000. 


    Dates

  • April 15 -19, 2000 (part of the Finland 2000 Tour)

    Program Activities

  • Community Outreach, Arts-in-Education Program at North Tapiola High School and Senior High, Tapiola

    Sponsors

  • US Embassy Finland

  • Finland Tour, 2000

    Helsinki, Finland
    Turku, Finland
    Espoo, Finland
    Tapiola, Finland
    Tampere, Finland

    Tampere, Finland

    Tampere, Finland
    April 2000

    Battery Dance Company worked and performed here in 2000. 


    Dates

  • April 15 - 19, 2000 (part of the Finland 2000 Tour)

    Program Activities

  • 1 performance at Tampere Biennale, Eino Salmelainen Hall, TTT

  • Studio Performance and Discussion, Symposium on Dance and Music, Collaborations between choreographers and composers

  • Frank Carlberg & Christine Correa performance at Tulliklubi as Part of Tampere Biennale

    Sponsors

  • US Embassy Finland

  • Finland Tour, 2000

    Helsinki, Finland
    Turku, Finland
    Espoo, Finland
    Tapiola, Finland
    Tampere, Finland

    Słupsk, Poland

    Slupsk, Poland
    June 2000

    Battery Dance Company worked and performed here in 2000.


    Dates

  • June 21 – July 11, 2000 (Part of BDC's Poland tour in 2000)

    Sponsors

  • U.S. Embassy Warsaw
  • Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

    Partners

  • Warsaw Marriot

  • LOT Polish Airlines

  • Joanna Kubacka, the Deputy Director of the Teatr Impresaryjny

    Project Activities

  • Performance at the Teatr Impresaryjny to audience of 500.
  • Extensive print media attention (photos and previews in four newspapers, rave reviews in three), local public and cable television coverage and radio spots

    Venues

  • Teatr Impresaryjny

  • Learn From Past Experiences

    Battery Dance Companies visit to Warsaw in 2000 was a success thanks to past experience.

    The company had performed in the same Region during 1996 and received no publicity. This time, the company used their media representative to ensure that this would not happen again.

    Slupsk had been the site of Battery’s first Polish performance in 1996, and we harbored fond memories of the standing ovation and rhythmic applause that had greeted a performance only 20 hours after our arrival at Teatr Impresaryjny.

    Joanna Kubacka, the Deputy Director of the Teatr Impresaryjny, is a powerhouse organizer and very creative and ambitious in her programming. She took care of all arrangements for our stay in Slupsk, had our meals preordered at a very good restaurant near the theater and arranged for our accommodations in rooms recently renovated in a building adjacent to the theater itself.

    The stage in Slupsk was a little small (in width) for our production, but we managed to shoe-horn the choreography into the space. As for the audience, it was overflowing the theater and gave us as enthusiastic response as we had enjoyed in 1996. This time, the press coverage was extensive and rapturous (there had been no press follow-up in the previous engagement.)

    Poland 2000

    Słupsk, Poland
    Warsaw, Poland
    Gdansk, Poland
    Lublin, Poland
    Krakow, Poland

    Warsaw, Poland

    Warsaw, Poland
    June 2000

    Battery Dance Company worked and performed here in 2000.


    Dates

  • June 21 – July 11, 2000 (Part of BDC's Poland tour in 2000)

    Sponsors

  • U.S. Embassy Warsaw
  • Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

    Partners

  • Warsaw Marriot
  • LOT Polish Airlines

    Project Activities

  • 1 x Performance at Teatr na Woli attended by an audience of 175

    Venues

  • Teatr na Woli

  • Learn From Past Experiences

    Battery Dance Companies visit to Warsaw in 2000 was a success thanks to past experience.

    The company had performed in the same Region during 1996 and received no publicity. This time, the company used their media representative to ensure that this would not happen again.

    When Battery Dance Company traveled to Warsaw as part of their Poland tour in 2000. After a performance disaster in Warsaw that had happened several years prior- BDC decided to take all the necessarily precautions on this trip.

    BDC had arranged to give two performances at the Teatr Maly, our Warsaw host in 1996 -- a ticketed show for the general public, and the a free concert for children. Six weeks prior to the tour, the Teatr Maly received a directive to close on the weekend that we were engaged to perform. (The Corpus Christi religious holiday and the end of the school year coincided and many people were given leave at this time.) Also, the Maly was faced with a 40% rent hike and the future of the theater was in jeopardy. The Maly’s Director, was able to broker an arrangement with the Teatr na Woli to produce Battery’s shows instead. Subsequently, BDC was unable to find anyone to take charge of inviting youth centers and orphanages to participate in the children’s show – so that plan was cancelled. (Elzbieta Grygiel of the Stefan Batory Foundation had originally offered to help – but in actuality, was “too busy”.) Upon arriving at the theater, 3 days prior to the performance, we discovered that there was no BDC signage in the display cases outside the theater and that only two tickets had been sold. We had already learned that the Boris Eifman St. Petersburg Ballet and the Warsaw Jazz Festival would be playing back to back with us, and to make matters worse, many citizens of Warsaw had taken advantage of the holiday on Thursday to take a long weekend. The Theater Manager and Public Relations Director of the Teatr na Woli met with us a few hours after our arrival from New York. In a harrowing three-hour session, their attitude was so hostile and defensive (despite the presence of Malgorzata Koszelew, Cultural Program Officer from the U.S. Embassy; and Pawel Pniewski, our Polish Technical and Logistical Director) that we had serious doubts as to whether the performance could go forward. Indicative of their attitude, the Theater was unwilling to rent a concert quality piano despite conditions they had agreed upon specified in our tech rider. Malgorzata offered the possibility of borrowing the piano from the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, boosting our morale and chances of a successful performance. The technical crew of the theater couldn’t have been more accommodating, generous and welcoming in contrast to the administration. \

    2000 Continued:

    SO… We asked our media rep, Justyna Golinska, to redouble her efforts in contacting the press. Her work resulted in prominent photo placements in the main newspapers, and an audience of 175 (with the theater closed down to its chamber size, this constituted a full house.) The Company danced beautifully and we received the unexpected compliments of the Theater Manager at the end, which we accepted with alacrity.

    Poland 2000

    Słupsk, Poland
    Warsaw, Poland
    Gdansk, Poland
    Lublin, Poland
    Krakow, Poland

    Gdansk, Poland

    Gdansk, Poland
    June 2000

    Battery Dance Company worked and performed here in 2000.


    Dates

  • June 21 – July 11, 2000 (Part of BDC's Poland tour in 2000)

    Sponsors

  • U.S. Embassy Warsaw
  • Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

    Partners

  • Warsaw Marriot
  • LOT Polish Airlines

    Project Activities

  • Performance at the 3rd Annual International Festival Feta
  • Performed at the Teatr Wrzeze. 1,000 people attended (800 seated, 200 standing)

    Venues

    Teatr Wrzeze

  • Battery’s was the only performance of the 40 presented by Festival Feta that was staged indoors. In rainy cold Gdansk, this was the only way and the Festival organizers didn’t want to risk the possibility of cancelling Battery’s performance for several reasons. We were the only American group participating; the first dance company ever presented by the Festival; and were billed as a headline act. Given the fact that the preponderance of the Festival events were of an extremely avant-garde style in a very large scale (ie. Acrobats suspended over the market square by hot air balloon, tight-rope walkers, actors on stilts, etc.) we worried that our show would appear too tame and conservative to the huge and mostly young audience.

    In this respect, our worries were unfounded: we enjoyed numerous curtain calls and “bravo’s” from an overflow audience. It was a heartening experience in every way. We had a superb guide called our “pilot” who was totally invested in making us comfortable and supported. We were put up in a first class hotel and shuttled around the city by taxi. Last minute requests for rehearsal space for our dancers and musicians were fielded successfully. One of the most incredible, touching events of Battery’s history took place here: when we made our initial tour of the theater, we spied some beautiful, natural canvas or linen fabric draperies hung as borders and drops in the enormous space. We assumed they were for some opera or theater production. However, we were informed that they were made especially for us!

    Our elation was slightly tempered when we found out that our tech schedule would be interrupted for four hours during the day of the performance while the resident theater company held a previously unannounced rehearsal on stage.
    Tributes also go to our dancers, who performed that night without having rehearsed previously in the lighting cues (they were being loaded into the lighting board as they rehearsed.) The show was one of our best despite the shaky preparation process, in large part because of the commodious stage, but even more of a factor was the electricity emanating from the enormous audience.

    Poland 2000

    Słupsk, Poland
    Warsaw, Poland
    Gdansk, Poland
    Lublin, Poland
    Krakow, Poland

    Lublin, Poland

    Lublin, Poland
    June 2000

    Battery Dance Company worked and performed here in 2000. 


    Dates

  • June 21 – July 11, 2000 (Part of BDC's Poland tour in 2000)

    Sponsors

  • U.S. Embassy Warsaw
  • Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

    Partners

  • Warsaw Marriot
  • LOT Polish Airlines

    Project Activities

  • 1 x Performance of Zero…Two…Blue…Heaven…Seven in Polish Television studio.
  • 1 x 30 Minute Performance Recorded by Polish Television for National Broadcast.

    Venues

  • Hanna's Studio
  • Teatr NN

  • Details

    It wasn't until the day of performance that many questionable details were resolved. The company had planned to perform to an audience of 100. However, when the company arrived, the television crew did not want an audience as it would interfere with their filming. It would also seem that the crew had a clear idea of what they wanted to film (something with music) meaning that the company had to change the choreography they were going to perform at the last minute.

    This project by Batter Dance Company was instigated by Hanna Strzmiecka, a choreographer and leader of the dance community in Lublin.

    Finding that the available theaters in Lublin offered stage dimensions inadequate for BDC, she proposed to the local branch of Polish Television that they host a public performance by BDC in their studio while creating a video recording for future broadcast. The studio accommodates an audience of approximately 100. The television people took responsibility for organizing hotel accommodations and meals for the Company and agreed to handle local transportation.

    However, they failed to meet us at the train station and we were left to our own devises for the first ½ day in which we were in Lublin (They later reimbursed us for our meals and cab fares, and began their patronage in earnest on the second day of our stay.) However, it wasn’t until the actual day of taping that certain issues were resolved. Worried about the interference of a live audience and interested in taping several run-throughs rather than a single performance, the station cancelled its earlier plans to have a live audience. Because they had waited so long to begin production details such as lighting, laying a dance floor, organizing the rehearsal and taping schedule, and because we discovered that the production team were unaccustomed to recording dance, we ended up deciding in favor of recording only Zero…Two…Blue…Heaven…Seven, our newest work and the one that involved live music. To complete a 30 minute program (the dance work is only 18 minutes in length), the t.v. people expressed an interest in interviewing the collaborative team of choreographer (Jonathan Hollander) and Frank Carlberg, composer/pianist. They were very excited about the results and have proposed creating a similar production of “Layapriya”

    While in Lublin, we were able to rehearse at Hanna’s studio, and to meet with her and her protégé, the young choreographer Tomasz Siwek. We also visited the Teatr NN in the Brama Grodzka where we met the directors Witold Dabrowski and Tomasz Pietrasiewicz whose work on the Memory Project was deeply impressive.

    Poland 2000

    Słupsk, Poland
    Warsaw, Poland
    Gdansk, Poland
    Lublin, Poland
    Krakow, Poland

    Krakow, Poland

    Krakow, Poland
    June 2000

    Battery Dance Company worked and performed here in 2000. 


    Dates

  • June 21 – July 11, 2000 (Part of BDC's Poland tour in 2000)

    Sponsors

  • U.S. Embassy Warsaw
  • Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust

    Partners

  • Warsaw Marriot
  • LOT Polish Airlines

    Project Activities

  • 1 x Performance at the Kraków 2000 Festival

    Venues

  • Jagellonian University
  • Silesian Dance Theater

  • Stage Dimensions

    On this Polish Tour in 2000, the company often had to adapt their choreography to smaller spaces.

    The company would turn up to different venues to discover they would have to dramatically reduce the expanse of the choreography with out any rehearsal.

    Make sure to research the stage dimensions before arriving at a venue. This will give time to organize any extra rehearsals to make adjustment to the choreography.

    Battery's performance at the Kraków 2000 was a wonderful surprise. We were greeted by a standing-room-only crowd including Cesar Beltran, our host from the American Embassy in Warsaw, Mark Toner, Bronia, Tim and others from the Consulate in Kraków.

    There were many dancers and theater students in the audience as well. The full audience was a surprise because it had been depressingly apparent that the administration of the Kraków 2000 Festival had done everything possible to sabotage the Dance Festival. They had not published any brochures or leaflets advertising the Festival -- a fact which stood out baldly in contrast to the other components of the 2000 event (ie.The Jewish Festival, the Jazz Festival, the Street Theater Festival) all of which were lavishly and extensively marketed. We had been told that Philippe Saire, a well-known choreographer from Switzerland, whose company opened the festival, had performed for 37 people! BDC assumed that they owe the large audience to a natural build over the course of the Festival swelled for us by those who responded to the invitation to our performance and a reception issued by the American Embassy. The stage was very small at the Theater School, PWST, but the lighting equipment, piano and sound were excellent, and the setting was very comfortable for the audience.

    The location just outside the center of Kraków was a tremendous improvement over the location where we performed in 1996 - the Nowohuckie Centrum Kultury - where some of the other dance companies were scheduled to perform this season. The Theater school appears to be a good partner for the Silesian Dance Theater in future. The Director and Administrator were both very cordial and welcoming. Our accommodations in Kraków, put together at the last minute by Roman Kusnierz, Managing Director of the Silesian Dance Theatre, were wonderful -- particularly for the five of us who stayed at the apartments of the Jagellonian University in the old center of Kraków.

    Poland 2000

    Słupsk, Poland
    Warsaw, Poland
    Gdansk, Poland
    Lublin, Poland
    Krakow, Poland