The Polish Dance Platform

Bytom, 1-4 April 2017

The Polish Dance Platform aims to seek out and promote the most interesting original dance productions made in Poland or by Polish choreographers. The first event of this kind in Poland was the "" showcase held in 2003 in Warsaw as part of the Body/Mind International Contemporary Dance Festival. The idea was revived five years later. To date, Poznań’s Zamek Culture Centre and the Art Stations Foundation have made three editions of the showcase happen: in 2008, 2010 and 2012. In 2013 the two institutions made an agreement with the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw which made it the main organiser of the event.

Since then, the Platform has travelled Poland and has been organised in association with local dance communities. The previous edition took place in Lublin in 2014 and was organised in collaboration with the Centre for Culture in Lublin.

It is open for all contemporary and classical dance professionals. Participants of the final, three-day showcase will be selected through competition. In 2017, the pieces will be selected by a five-member jury including artists, journalists, curators and dance theorists.

The finale of the forthcoming edition of the Polish Dance Platform will be held on 1–4 April 2017 in Bytom. Fans of dance know this city well, as it is home to Jacek Łumiński and the Silesian Dance Theatre, whose work makes it one of the most important dance centres in Poland. In 2017, ROZBARK Bytom Dance and Movement Theatre will be the Platform’s main co-organiser, and partners will include the Bytom Centre for Culture, the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow – Dance Theatre Department in Bytom, and the Silesian Opera in Bytom.

We hope that the forthcoming Platform will become an opportunity to reinvigorate collaboration within the Polish dance community and with international partners.

As always, the final showcase will be an occasion to invite festival directors, managers of dance institutions, journalists and dance curators from across Europe, the USA and Asia. We believe that this will open up new opportunities for Polish artists to be present on the international scene.We already look forward to welcoming all dance lovers and professionals interested in Polish choreography to this beautiful city.