Katarzyna Chmielewska/
Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre
"Why Don't You Like Sadness"

photo by Krzysztof Mystkowski

choreography: Katarzyna Chmielewska
artistic collaboration: Anna Steller
performance: Katarzyna Chmielewska, Radek Duda (live music)
lighting: Michał Kołodziej
graphic design: Maciej Salamon
produced by: Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre Association
premiere: 22 July 2016, Malarnia Stage, Wybrzeże Theatre, Gdańsk
duration: 50 minutes

The performance is a subtle journey through emotional states, which can be compared to passing from one room to another. Each of those rooms is saturated with a different hue and it happens at times that when entering one of them, we discover, once again, that we are goddamn sad. We cover ourselves with sadness as if it was a warm blanket and we aren’t in a hurry to leave its comfort. Melancholy causes a slowdown, which makes us more attentive. At the same time, being melancholic we simultaneously try to be distanced towards this state in order to open a new door with regained energy.

Katarzyna Chmielewska graduated from the Secondary Ballet School in Gdańsk and the Contemporary Dance School P.A.R.T.S in Brussels (1997). Since 1993, she has co-created the Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre alongside Leszek Bzdyl. The company works as a creative collective, and has developed over fifty pieces. Since 2009, the Theatre has been affiliated with the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk. Its performances have been presented in China, India, South Korea and the United States, among others. Its works are informed by movement, dance, word, the interplay of form and convention, as well as the grotesque.


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