East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

KRoki – International Festival of Contemporary Dance 2017


KRoki – International Festival of Contemporary Dance 2017

5th edition: “Conflicted?”


Curator: Jadwiga Majewska      

 This year’s edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Dance KRoki, now in its fifth year, will take place between 12 and 21 May. We will show 14 productions by artists from 10 countries, including six shows from Poland. The Festival has yet again been appreciated by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and received funding for three more years. The support of the state attests to the fact that the international importance of the festival has been noted, and to the significance of dance as art and of the festival itself for the development of Polish culture.

The concept behind this year’s edition:

 The fifth edition of "KRoki", “Conflicted?”, seeks to showcase ensemble cast productions by the most eminent European and Polish choreographers, who offer artistic diagnoses of the contemporary human community. By means of dance as an art, through the medium of the body and the motion of the dancers, and together with audiences, we will attempt a reconnaisance of the situation at the level of societies, nations, groups, families, couples. Are we always together the same way? Has something changed between us recently? What does “we” mean in an I-dominated world?

The foci of conflicts and the areas of communication, social tensions and reconciliations. Political rhetorics reveal the embodied reality, rooted in the body, the senses, the intimate contact. How many words are needed to stir up conflict, how many actions, how many moves? And how do we work towards harmony? We offer a macro and a micro perspective, geopolitical analysis, social deconstruction, but we also seek reconstruction and synthesis, we are on the lookout for a method of construction and communication at the level of the human community of bodies and ideas. Artists typically avoid armed struggle, but their art does not shirk responsibility, for they are a sensitive harbinger of the changes occurring in the depths of the inter-human organism.

We thus wish “Conflicted?” to become a platform, a floor, a shared “no man’s land” and a “promised land”; let it be our local site of presenting artists from the sore spots on earth where conflicts have broken out – Palestine and Israel in a neverending war, constantly attacked Ukraine, uneasy Germany – and places which have become safe havens, new communities. But global conflicts have their reflections in family conflicts, intimate conflicts, inner conflicts. Is an existence without conflicts at all possible? Can a conflict become constructive, grounds for a new, better order?