Poles Apart consists of eight performers, all graduates of the AST-WTT in Bytom, Silesia (director: Brian Michaels, assistant: Kasia Gorczyca). The performers are trained both as dancers and actors to a high professional level. This enables a unique combination of dance theatre and spoken theatre to be developed.
The two “poles”, dancing and acting, are together and apart at the same time. The actions of the performers allowing for a process of separation and union - very much like the central thrust of Shakespeare’s narrative. The result is a very specific version of Shakespeare’s “Taming”, and it is the first piece created by the group. The complex narrative of the original is replaced by the thematic focus on the antagonistic relationship between Katherina and Petrucchio, which in turn becomes a prismatic vision of the possible inter- sexual realities of our world today.
Very often it is the bodies and movement that transmit the content that we have chosen. The movement sequences are intense, creating their own compelling dynamic. There is no space for naturalisms in this performing context.
The performance premiered on November 18, 2017, at The Rozbark Theatre in Bytom, as part of the Ars Cameralis Festival, which takes the art throughout Upper Silesia. The performance was received enthusiastically, and will be shown again at the same venue in February and March 2018.