Waiting Room
Waiting Room
Waiting Room
Waiting Room
Waiting Room
Waiting Room
Waiting Room
Waiting Room
Waiting Room
Waiting Room

Choreography and director: Magdalena Radlowska

Music: Tomasz Adamczyk

Performers: Emma Lindgren, Wandi Lungren, Zdzisław Ziółkowski, Wanda Radłowska, Krystyna Kurdzielewicz, Zbigniew Frydrych, Krystyna Bartoszewicz, Genowefa Cichowska, Marianna Kańdzia, Stanisława Sudak, Janina Dolata, Jerzy Lampa, Alicja Walczak, Janina Żarkowska, Henryka Mackiewicz, Ryszarda Truskawska, Maria Pietrzak, Alicja Fałdzińska, Janina Mikołajek, Tadeusz Mikołajek, Waleria Lewandowska, Irena Fedorowicz, Franciszka Szczepanik, Urszula Korzeniowska, Genowefa Kaczyńska, Krystyna Krawczyk, Alfreda Bułka, Krystyna Czapska

Dancers: Dance Theatre Dafka Energii

Video: Performance in Teatr Dramatyczny, Wałbrzych, Poland, August 2008

Synopsis: The Waiting Room is a metaphor for life. It is a place where people go through transitions and have to make life-changing decisions. The room symbolises the end of an era or the discovery of pastures new.

This piece features a strong central character who represents the freedom and independence of people who are able to make their own decisions in life and not be easily influenced by the mainstream. She stands out from a crowd that also features in this piece, who represent the majority of people who are easily satisfied by following everyone else, doing what they are told and nervous of challenges. The piece demonstrates how those who think for themselves naturally influence members of the bourgeois, by showing them it is possible to escape the monotony and routine and try something new.

In the Waiting Room members of the group are unsure of what path they should take, whereas the central character moves very steadily and directly and gives the impression of clarity and confidence with her chosen path. Some members become fascinated by her bold statements and imitate her, but others in the group are less inclined to. This represents how it is possible to escape from everyday routine and be creative by trying new ideas, but many people prefer to copy others and follow the tried and tested formula.

The piece features a dream sequence where all the dancers act as they really wish to; without inhibition, low self-esteem or outside influences. As the piece progresses members of the group slowly learn to express themselves more confidently, and are encouraged to break away from the norm and diversify.

Funded by the Lower Silesian Governonr’s Office, as part of the ‚Nestor’ program, Waiting Room was an international project with thirty elderly and visually impaired people. Commercing in February 2008 and interspersed with Magdalena studying in South-Western Poland, the city were Dance Theatre Dafka Energii had been formed. This project set a precedent for community dance in Poland, and shortly after funding was secured for the next project.

Waiting Room

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