A project aimed at popularising Polish traditional culture throughout the world and incorporating its elements in contemporary art.
The initiator of the project is Aleksandra Dziurosz, PhD, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Music and Dance.

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The Roots of Dance/Korzenie Tańca is an international and multicultural artistic project for young generations of dancers and choreographers. It is about stimulating their creativity by going back to the roots of culture, looking for inspiration and stimuli in local cultures for the development of contemporary dance and enriching the dance culture of the world. Traditional Polish culture is the catalyst for exploring these processes.

This year marks the third edition of the project, which will last until the end of 2022.

During this time, online lectures and workshops on music and traditional dances from central Poland and Beskid Żywiecki will be offered, as well as workshops on contemporary choreography. Afterwards, Polish artists and experts will give live classes in partner institutions. The Roots of Dance will conclude with a meeting in Poland, where participants will visit the Beskid Żywiecki and Podhale regions to meet with local and traditional dance communities. They will then participate in workshops and give a final performance in Katowice.

The partners of the project are dance schools and companies such as e.g. Dance Division at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music from Katowice (Poland), Arts Research Institute from Tbilisi (Georgia), Moving Borders from Mérida (México), The Dance Centre from Vancouver (Canada), TRAFIK dance/theatre company and Croatian Institute for Dance and Movement from Zagreb (Croatia), Kofago Dance Ensemble from New York (USA), Sapphire Creations Dance Company from Kolkata (India), Zhejiang Conservatory of Music from Hangzhou (China), ASK Dance Company from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and diplomatic missions: Polish Cultural Institute in Tbilisi (Georgia), Embassy of the Republic of Poland in México City (Mexico), Polish Consulate in Vancouver (Canada), Polish Cultural Institute in New York (USA) and Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

We will keep you informed about the whole project. At the end we will show you a documentary film.
Below you will find links to previous editions of The Roots of Dance.


The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport as part of the “Inspirational Culture” Programme.

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