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Choreography – Ayrin Ersoz

Music – Sergej Maingardt

Video – Grzegorz Mart

Cast – Pamela Bosak, Magdalena Skowron, Paweł Łyskawa, Eryk Makohon, Mateusz Ulczok

Producers – Krakow Dance Theatre Association, Institute of Music and Dance


We ask audience to join us in the boat of hope, desire and fear; to give a hand in the moments of need, and to not withdraw their empathy towards the dancers’ struggle. Audience will witness closely how the desire to dance finds its place in an exhausting choreographic journey, where the landscape of gestures reveal cracks in the space from which the pain of refuging bodies leaks. Dancers of The Entrance project are in a liminal space, in a threshold between exiting and entering movement; movement as a space of desire and as a space of fear. Encapsulated in between states of determination and panic, hope and despair dancers breathe through their trespassing of different states of endurance; whisper their own stories of refuging leaving behind the traces of senses to tell other stories.The Entranceis an international collaborative project created by choreographer Ayrin Ersöz (Turkey) members of Krakow Dance Company including the artistic director Eryk Makohon (Poland), the composer Sergej Maingardt (Germany) and the video artist Grzegorz Mart (Poland). Deriving our artistic motivation for this project from the current refugee crisis in Europe, we conceive ourselves as an international collaborative group asking what choreography, music and the moving image can offer when analyzing refuging bodies. As artists, we aim to transmit our humanitarian concern into an artistic product that sheds light on hidden and implicit biases surrounding the refugee crisis. Refraining from any representational form the project focuses on the understanding ‘the hope’ that is the triggering motivation for refuging bodies to embark an excruciating journey which in many cases ends disastrously. A hope almost impossible to be traced in the highly industrialized and modernized lives of the West. A hope that can may only find its match in the liminal existence of the dancing bodies, in their overwhelming desire to dance subjecting them to constant state of entering and exiting the choreographic space of command. As Benjamin once said “it is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us.

The peformance is co-organized by the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the "Choreographic orders 2019" programThe project is co-financed by the City of Krakow.


The Entrance

by Krakow Dance Theatre