Come closer, see, touch, feel. Look inside. Our stories – hidden one in another, wait to be discovered. CLOSE becomes an adventure – a search for mysteries which can be found in each of us. CLOSE is a show about building relations. Two dancers reveal to the audience a world of magical ties which have always bound people together. Closeness – I, you, we – the family. We all carry inside a small part of it. By building ties, step by step, we open ourselves to others. What does caring for others mean? How can we care for another person? How can we look after each other? These are just some of the questions, so important for the development of our emotions, which the creators of the performance are trying to answer together with very small spectators. Dancing couple on a round stage – the circle of life and commonwealth, and at its centre a matrioshka – symbol of motherhood, but at the same time an object concealing inside lots of surprises. This traditional doll form acquires a modern touch and may be creatively processed – both by the artists and the audience. Form becomes the starting point for a conversation without words, where closeness, touch, tenderness become the most important topics.
(original title: BLISKO)
Early Years dance theatre performance by Children’s Art Centre in Poznań in co-production with Art Fraction Foundation
Directed by Alicja Morawska-Rubczak
Set design and costumes by Barbara Małecka
Music by Wacław Zimpel
Dancers: Paulina Giwer-Kowalewska Filip Meyer-Lüters
Age: 0,5-3 (family audience)
Duration: 45 minutes
REVIEW (by Maria Maczuga, www.teatralny.pl):
“Art has been created that due to the infinity of meanings, a wealth of artistic devices and multiplicity of aesthetic experiences of the audience is difficult to describe. Therefore, in the course of the show, you should personally experience the feeling that we are getting closer to the point, we touch it gently, and when we almost manage to appropriate it for good, it escapes, giving place to the next and they coexist together not far from us. This is the result of the unique matrioshka structure created by the authors. Elements of the show emerge one from the other, complement each other, but they also exist completely independently. The performance was addressed to the little ones and their accompanying relatives. The artists managed an incredible feat of creating a show attractive to the early years spectators, engaging children and their parents in relations between each other, which was also interesting to adults. On an almost empty stage, through acting expressions, we saw a cascade of images. Viewers will be happy to discover further layers and their meanings. A huge grain/egg stands in the centre. We hear a pulsating rhythm. It opens. The interior is filled with greenery. Leaves sprout. A thicket of plants appears. Birds and tortoises hatch. Mother Earth is mindful of her children. Nature develops in a harmonious way, in keeping with its proper cycle. Macrocosm.”
Premiere: 26th November 2016 / Poland
Show produced as a part of the project “Small size, performing arts for early years” made in the frame of Creative Europe.