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Mobile Academy of Dance Criticism curator: Jadwiga Majewska

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Mobile Academy of Dance Criticism

  • curator: Jadwiga Majewska

Contemporary dance in Poland is in fact not just a fresh art in the developing country but it is already falling in the period of maturity and expansion. Dance as an art rooted in human body mirrors the intimate lie of the individual and the society, it is both political and spiritual. Dance is democratic by nature, it is an artistic activity of highly international character and designed to encourage various forms of personal and group cooperation. At the same time the dominance of its physical aspect makes this art suffer from a chronic lack of intellectual resources which would allow us to put dance among other areas of culture as their rightful and equal partner.

Mobile Academy of Dance Criticism was created to face the above situation - What does it want to be?
The mobile nature of training relies on cyclic but variable as to time and place meetings between teachers and students. The meetings will last several days of intensive sessions and take place in various places and on different occasions, each time retaining the same group of students, changing forms of collaboration with the lecturer; thus the particular workshop will therefore be of a literary-critical character then the theoretical seminar or lecture and performative demonstration. This will allow the participants to learn various techniques and offers them tools of critical writing; it also enables them to familiarize with several working methods and personalities of the leaders. Finally we hope to established personal contacts in various centers.

The academy is committed to educational purposes. A team of experienced experts will educate people who, in the nearest future, will be active on the Polish and European dance market. The leaders are not just university researchers but experienced artists as well. The graduates should find employments as: critic, editor, dramaturge, curator, organizer of cultural events, etc.

By criticism we also understand an educational project for cultural leaders in the country. W mean criticism to be an activity including competent analysis, fair and comprehensive assessment of the commentary; criticism is here understood as a specific attitude and permanent disposition, necessary in the daily work of those who create and maintain an intellectual environment in this extremely rapidly developing field of culture which the artistic dance is.

MADC will function and operate touring

  1. to the most import Polish festivals:

Poznańska Malta, Gdański Festiwal Tańca, Międzynarodowe Spotkania Teatrów Tańca in Lublin, Ciało/Umysł w Warszawie, Brave Festival and Mandala in Wrocław, itp.

  1. in liaison with local academic institutions

Uniwersytet A. Mickiewicza in Poznan, Uniwersytet Gdański, UMCS in Lublin, UJ iand PWST in Krakow, Akademia Teatralna, WUW, UFC, PAN, UKSW in Warsaw...

  1. in cooperation with professional journals and magazines

Teatr, Didaskalia, Ruch Muzyczny, dwutygodnik, and others

  1. with participation of local and foreign experts

Inviting visiting professors of music theory, theater, philosophy, aesthetic, performance art, analysis and criticism and history of dance, dramaturgy, media
Intended number of students of MADC would be about 10 people aged 24-35 years (although the metric is not decisive for participation) who already have some humanistic educational background. Recruitments would take place in two steps: preliminary selection on the basis of submitted documentation and written interview will select four people, the next four places are reserved for students selected by the co-operating universities or other research centers. There are also 2-3 scholarships reserved for the young people from Eastern Europe: Lithuania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belarus… In the future we plan trips and residencies at international festivals and art centers, cooperation with international journals, branch and centers of theoretical and critical thinking.

Academy could work as a system of scholarships for a group of selected students who would meet several times a year in the same group. The faculty, in addition to purely theoretical researchers, should include practitioners able to give a lecture and lead seminars. Between the congregations students will be supervised by the local mentor responsible for their studies, exercises and writing. Participants do not receive funds in cash. Annual scholarship for each of the participants includes the cost of participation in festivals, travel and accommodation expenses during the session, and other necessary costs of the workshop.

The best texts of our students are going to be published in the patronage journals; even some particular editions. This publication is to be not just a satisfaction for the author but also the possibility of confrontation with the audience. Our students should also have the opportunity to have a short editorial, journalistic and dramaturgical practices.
MADC cannot and does not work either alone or in a vacuum, our intention is simply to create a future network to exchange ideas and meet on the ground of critical confrontation between theory and practice; a network of cooperating institutions, organizations and groups of independent experts and enthusiasts. We would like to cooperate on a partnership conditions with Polish institutions and government agencies: Institute of Polish Culture abroad, Institute of Theater, Visual Art, Music and Dance, publishers, theaters, finally the European and international institutions of cultural character.
The opening of the Mobile Academy of Dance Criticism will be at Malta Festival in Poznan – from the 3rd till the 8th of July.


Performative Body or On Creating Reality by Dance – Jacek Wachowski

New Media - Agnieszka Jelewska, Michał Krawczak

New Theatre; Pleasure of Differentiating – K. Cicheński, P. Grzymisławski

Managing Dance Project - Agata Siwiak

Curating Dance Projects - Joanna Leśnierowska

Analizing Dance Spectacle and Writing on Dance – Jadwiga Majewska

Meetings with artists:

Eszter Salamon, David Zambrano, Renata Piotrowska, Marta Ladjanszki, Janusz Orlik, Joanna Leśnierowska


Fundacja Burdąg,

East European Performing Arts Platform (IAM),

Departamentu ds. Kultury Urzędu Marszałkowskiego Woj. Wielkopolskiego,

Lubelski Teatr Tańca i Centrum Kultury w Lublinie

Katedra Dramatu, Teatru i Widowisk UAM w Poznaniu

Stary Browar Nowy Taniec na Malcie (Art Stations Foundation)

Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie

Jadwiga Grabowska (publishes as Majewska) – is a dance critic and theoretician but she also writes about theatre, fine arts and religion. She holds MA in religious studies from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, where specialized in modern art. She publishes mostly in Didaskalia and Teatr, and collaborates with TVP-Kultura. She has experience in working for The National Museum in Krakow, American theatre in Chicago, art restoration, and as a director manager of charity foundation. She is also active workshops’ leader and lectures on dance at the Jagiellonian University. Co-author of “The Report on Dance in Poland” (for the Ministry of Culture) and author of the book on current Polish dance scene The Body Revolving the Stage. New Dance in New Poland (2011). She does editing works and publishes articles popularizing contemporary dance. Engaging her time to be jury member of several festivals she is recently working as a curator and moderator of some international artistic and educational projects. Born in Krakow she resides there mostly but she had her home also in: London, Rome, Chicago, Seattle; Buffalo. As a Polish Ministry of Culture fellow 2011 she edited two anthologies of dance writings: Polish and international (to be published in 2012). She is currently working on translation of “Terpsichore in Sneakers” by Sally Banes into Polish. She is co-founder of Open Forum of Dance Communities. She is a member of the Council for Dance Program of The National Institute of Music and Dance and member of Dance Critics Association and Congress of Research in Dance.

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