Dancing Planets

Nicolaus Copernicus’ Heritage as an Inspiration for the Cracovia Danza Ballet

Cracovia Danza Ballet

Agnieszka Malatyńska-Stankiewicz, Maciej Michalik

Planets moved by dance, FTD (2023) by Maciej MichalikCracovia Danza Ballet

A lot has been said and written about Nicolaus Copernicus over the past centuries. Dance performances of the Cracovia Danza Ballet offer an unusual approach within this context.

Planets moved by dance, FTD (2023) by Tomasz KorczyńskiCracovia Danza Ballet

Famous scientific studies of Copernicus, which have revolutionized the world, became an artistic inspiration for the Ballet and were translated into their language of dance, since in both, dance and in Copernicus' theory, movement plays an important role.

Planets moved by dance, FTD (2021) by Tomasz KorczyńskiCracovia Danza Ballet

This is best illustrated by a well-known saying about Copernicus that "he had stopped the sun and moved the Earth", which was also the starting point for the Ballet’s artistic concepts.

The idea of the creation of the Copernicus-themed series of ballets, as well as their concept and choreography belong to Romana Agnel. Cracovia Danza incorporates original choreography of the 16th and 17th centuries within their performances: Fabritio Caroso, Louis Pécour. Costumes: Monika Polak-Luścińska, Elżbieta Gularowska-Wójtowicz. Masks: Monika Polak-Luścińska. Visual projections during performances: Krzysztof Antkowiak.

Planets moved by dance, FTD (2023) by Ilja van de PavertCracovia Danza Ballet

Nicolaus Copernicus was a canon, mathematician, doctor, lawyer, economist, and a translator, however his greatest discoveries concerned astronomy. It was“Mrs. Astronomy”, a science which reveals the laws of stars, that became his lifelong faithful friend.

Harmonia Mundi Nicolaus Copernicus (2021) by Tomasz KorczyńskiCracovia Danza Ballet

The courtyard of Collegium Maius at Jagiellonian University, the place where Nicolaus Copernicus was studying for four years and where the first observatory was located, played a new role in its history, thanks to the stagings of Cracovia Danza. 

Planets moved by dance, FTD (2021) by Tomasz KorczyńskiCracovia Danza Ballet

It became a natural setting for the Harmonia Mundi shows, which had been performed for several years as part of the Cracovia Danza Court Dance Festival program.

Harmonia Mundi Nicolaus Copernicus (2018) by Tomasz KorczyńskiCracovia Danza Ballet

The manuscript of six books, De revolutionibus of Nicolaus Copernicus, written between 1520 and 1541, consists of 213 paper sheets of 28 × 19 cm each, and is stored at the Jagiellonian Library in Krakow.

Planets moved by dance, FTD (2023) by Tomasz KorczyńskiCracovia Danza Ballet

Dancers of the Cracovia Danza Ballet in Renaissance costumes showcase Nicolaus Copernicus’ theory by recreating movements of the planets.

Hrmonia Mundi movie scene (2021) by Hrmonia Mundi movie scene and Tomasz KorczyńskiCracovia Danza Ballet

The revolutionary theory of Nicolaus Copernicus was presented in the film Harmonia Mundi of the Kraków Painted With Dance series as an inspiration for subsequent generations of scientists and creators. 

Hrmonia Mundi movie scene (2021) by Hrmonia Mundi movie scene and Tomasz KorczyńskiCracovia Danza Ballet

This film series of the Ballet, in which one episode was devoted to Copernicus, presented on numerous television stations tells about the most important monuments of the former capital of Poland, bringing to life the stories related to them through dance, and colorful costumes.

Harmonia mundi movie (2022) by Sebastian DudekCracovia Danza Ballet

The film contains interviews with people from the cultural and scientific societies, as well as fragments of artistic presentations that refer to Copernicus' discoveries.

Planets moved by dance, FTD (2023) by Tomasz KorczyńskiCracovia Danza Ballet

How to show the universe, planets and space in the theater? How to explain Nicolaus Copernicus' discovery from the theater stage? These questions are answered by the performance of the Cracovia Danza Ballet, Planets Moved by the Dance.

Planets moved by dance, FTD (2023) by Maciej MichalikCracovia Danza Ballet

Copernicus's crazy dream about the universe and space expeditions, which is showcased in the ballet, turned out to be quite real. It took only 426 years from the publication of the astronomer's revolutionary theory to the landing of a man on the Moon.

The Sun King Ludwig XIV (2023) by Tomasz KorczyńskiCracovia Danza Ballet

The sun has always been a matter of interest and inspiration for artists, including the creators of baroque ballets. This is why in the performance of Cracovia Danza, Sun performed in a golden costume with appropriate splendor.

Planets moved by dance, FTD (2023) by Maciej Michalik and Tomasz KorczyńskiCracovia Danza Ballet

The dancer had to demonstrate some impressive ballet skills, just like Louis XIV, who was nicknamed “Sun King” for his famous ballet performances.

Copernicus and his planets (2023) by Maciej MichalikCracovia Danza Ballet

Nothing is impossible in Krakow! Copernicus has managed to stop the rain and let the sun shine on the Kopernika Street so that the planets could move in their orbits during the Cracovia Danza performance to the absolute surprise of astonished bypassers. 

Copernicus and his planets (2023) by Maciej MichalikCracovia Danza Ballet

Are the planets arranged in orbits by size? Only in the Cracovia Danza performance, and only when they are giving their bows to the audience: this when they are lined up by height.

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