BDT - Baltic Dance Theatre
The Baltic Dance Theatre (BDT) was created 1 march 2010. Two years earlier Gdańsk had been visited by many young, talented dancers from all over Poland who had begun to strengthen a dynamically developing ballet company at the Baltic Opera. They had all been connected by aiming at perfection and love for dancing. They are now a company that has won hearts for the Tricity young audience.
The artistic director of BTT is its founder Izadora Weiss. In her work she believes that body movements have to result from the spirit of music and is only reasonable when it creates one with music. In the stories she tells she is trying to present positive emotions and defend values system which claims that love, dignity, faithfulness to the ideals and chosen people, love of truth and justice should be always present regardless of fashions and destructive trends that are often promoted in the contemporary culture or as she defines it “the subculture”.
The long-time director of the National Ballet, Emil Wesołowski, has rated highly the skills and theatrical passion of the new company, with which he produced his outstanding spectacle Chopinart. Jacek Przybyłowicz, the choreographer who had worked with the company in preparation of the premiere Men’s Dance, in one of TV interviews prophesized it a great career. Wojciech Misiuro, the legendary creator of the Theatre of Expression, who realized here two of his most recent spectacles, Tamashi and Sen (A Dream), was greatly impressed by the company’s skills.
BTT aims at artistic ideal and model of the Nederlands Dans Theater shaped by Jiří Kylián’s choreographies, a man who is Izadora Weiss’ master and teacher. It was him who after watching Izadora Weiss’ Waiting for… and The Rite of Spring with Stravinsky music decided to grant BTT rights to perform two of his choreographies No More Play and Six Dances. His presence during rehearsals and at the premiere was incredible experience and priceless lesson for the dancers. This was also the moment when BDT joined a group of very few dance theatres that peform Kylián’s choreographies. At the same time Izadora Weiss and her production Windows with Leszek Możdżer’s music joined a team of choreographers whose work is presented next to the master’s during one evening. The man who is truly tremendous among contemporary choreographers in recognition of artistic skills of the company expressed willingness to continue his cooperation with BTT. In 2014 there was another premiere of his shows Falling Angels and Sarabande presented jointly with Izadora Weiss’ Body Master.
BDT is more and more invited to present its productions outside Gdańsk. The performances in Poznan and Katowice received an enthusiastic welcome by local audiences. Two performances of Romeo and Juliet and The Rite of Spring in the National Theatre in Warsaw received standing ovations. The extraordinary latter one was laso very successful at festivals in Bielefeld, Bangkok and Istanbul. Due to the limited finances BDT cannot accept all invitations it receives. But in November 2013 they showed it one more time in Warsaw at Teatr Wielki which is also Izadora Weiss’ dancing debut place. The audience had also a chance to watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream with her choreography and Goran Bregovic’s music. The performance received a standing ovation and many invitations to foreign festivals as well as enthusiastic reviews in British media. A prestigious British magazine "Dance Europe" recognized it as the 2013 best dance production. Izadora Weiss received also the Jan Kiepura Musical Theatre Award for choreography and the Merit Theatre Award of the City of Gdańsk.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream honoured the Eurovision Competition for Young Dancers organized in Gdansk by the European Broadcasting Union and TVP Kultura. It was the ninth full production prepared by Izadora Weiss on Gdańsk stages. Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Mr Bogdan Zdrojewski honoured the young choreographer with Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture in February 2013 after the premiere of Cool Fire, her next production.
2014 was a year of work on the Netherlands project which was presented in its entirety at the beginning of November. It consists of six choreographies: Clash by Patrick Delcroix, Fun, Light, and Body Master by Izadora Weiss and also mentioned earlier Sarabande and Falling Angels by Jiří Kylián. The Netherlands project received the 2014 Theatre Award of the City of Gdańsk for the best show and Izadora Weiss received for the second time the Jan Kiepura Musical Theatre Award for choreography. Another premiere took place in May 2015 – The Tempest based on Shakespeare with Gustav Mahler’s music and Izadora Weiss’ choreography who believes this production to be the most important in her achievements.
The twenty-people company of BDT is being constantly complemented after castings taking place twice a year. More than a hundred of dancers from all over the world attends these castings to fight for two, sometimes three available vacancies resulting from very demanding expectations not everyone is able to meet. Such a sharp competition results in many tremendous international individuals working for BDT displaying necessary stamina and technical skills. The work that is carried every day at mornings and evenings during entire season and requires many sacrifices and true passion but the satisfaction coming from working with the best choreographers and dancing for the loyal and grateful audience of the Tricity compensates these young people in their own opinions for their efforts and difficult separation with the families and countries that are usually far and very different from Poland. Most of them returns here after the holidays regardless of typical migrations so popular at this particular line work and with that many dance theatres around the world.
The Tempest, spectacle by Izadora Weiss
Body Master, spectacle by Izadora Weiss
Light, spectacle by Izadora Weiss
A Midsummer Night's Dream, spectacle by Izadora Weiss
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