Serce Robotnika napędza praca/The Worker’s Heart is Powered by Work

“Serce Robotnika napędza praca” (“The Worker’s Heart is Powered by Work"), spectacles, workshops, exhibitions, film shows, or panel discussions. About dance and not only about dance. ROZBARK Dance and Movement Theatre in Bytom invites the inhabitants of Rozbark (Bytom’s suburb) to shape together a new identity of the Rozbark Mine’s space, the current seat of the Theatre. Rafał Urbacki’s author’s project will last from 23rd to 14th September. The crowning of the endeavour will be the spectacle, which premiere is scheduled for 7th November, 2014. Entry to all of the events is free.

Wishing to be strictly connected with the society, in which it operates, ROZBARK Theatre invites the inhabitants of Rozbark suburb to shape together the new image of the place, which once used to be the heart of the suburb. Rozbark Mine, the work place for many miners is today a place where enthusiasts of dance and connoisseurs of art meet. A combination of history with the present,  the miners’ work and the work of an artist. The project is based on discussions with the Mine’s former employees, which recorded in the form of a video material will become a video-blog available on the Internet (it will become a space for discussion about the collected materials and prospects for the suburb). 

(“The Worker’s Heart is Powered by Work") is a two stage endeavour realised at the weekends, from 23rd August to 14th September. Participation in all events is free of charge. Within the first stage the film by K. Kutz “Sól ziemi czarnej” (“Salt of the Black Earth”), which was partly shot in the space of Rozbark Mine’s Waiting-room, will be shown. The suburb’s inhabitants will be invited to plant flowers together around the Waiting-room, bake traditional cakes, etc. A picnic will also be organised for them. Moreover, the inhabitants of the suburb will be able to share their memories during “Giełda wymiany historii” (“The History Sharing Exchange”). The memorabilia collected during the Exchange will make a unique exhibition.

The second stage of the project will be a movement performance joined with the presentation of the video material, which premiere is scheduled for 7th November, 2014. 5-6 dancers will participate in the spectacle. Music will be realised live, with the participation of a miner’s brass band. The material (collected during the first stage) will make an ”anatomical” model of the Silesian working body. The spectacle will be an alternative history of the suburb, showing the place before the restructuring catastrophe and also after it. It will be an attempt to negotiate, seek new directions of development and reconciliation with contemporary times. To a large extent discussions with the Mine’s former workers about the work carried out by them, the restructuring time, redundancy, or the Mine’s liquidation will be used. The project’s director is Rafał Urbacki, son of a miner, dancer and choreographer, who has received many prestigious awards.

The project is realised within a scholarship of the Marshal of the Province of Silesia in the field of culture.

23.08.2014 (Saturday) 5.00 p.m. – Projection of the film “Sól ziemi czarnej” (“Salt of the Black Earth”) by K. Kutz and a panel discussion on Upper Silesia | free of charge entry

24.08.2014 (Sunday) 2.00 p.m., 4.00 p.m., 6.00 p.m. – Visiting the Theatre’ building | free of charge entry

30.08.2014 (Saturday) 5.00 p.m. – “Giełda wymiany historii” (“The History Sharing Exchange”) – common discussions about Rozbark Mine, exchange of experiences connected with this place and “Open jam” – collective dance improvisation under the choreographer’s eye, in which all participants of the meeting may participate | free of charge entry

06.09.2014 (Saturday) 4.00 p.m. – Planting of flowers in front of the Theatre’s building, ceremonial unveiling of the inscription “Kopalnia Rozbark” (“Rozbark Mine”) and “Open space” – dance experience exchange platform during which the participants will create a choreography by themselves during the meeting | free of charge entry

14.09.2014 (Sunday) 3.00 p.m. – A picnic during which many attractions will be organised both for adults and kids (among other culinary attractions or animations for adults and kids - ”laughter yoga”) | free of charge entry.

RAFAŁ URBACKI, born in 1984 in Upper Silesia. He studied among other drama direction at The Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow and cultural studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Director/choreographer: “Mt 9,7 [On wstał i poszedł do domu]” (Stary Browar, Poznań 2010), ”Mover”(Silesian Dance Theatre, Bytom 2010), “rewind”(Instytut Teatralny, Warsaw 2011), ”W Przechlapanem”(Instytut Teatralny, Warsaw 2012), ”stypa” (Teatr Ósmego Dnia, Poznań 2012), “kto podskoczy jest pedałem, hej” (Inicjatywa Pomada, Warsaw 2012), “pod wielkim dachem nieba part 1” (Maat Festival, Lublin 2013). Co-author of video-dance: “the lift” (with E. Szubstarska, Cracow 2009), ”Przygody Żyrafcia i Foczki Czarodziejki” (with M. Przybysz, Cracow 2010) and intermedia projects among other “Zrównywanie” (with K. Sokołowska, XIV MKTiFST, Bytom 2009), “Miłość i medycyna. Antologia” (with P. Orzechowska, Silesian Museum, Katowice 2014). Choreographer in the spectacles of the duet Strzępka/Demirski – ”Tęczowa Trybuna 2012” (Teatr Polski, Wrocław 2011), musical ”Położnice Szpitala Św. Zofii” (Teatr Rozrywki, Chorzów 2011), “W imię Jakuba S.” (The Dramatic Theatre, Warsaw 2011), “Courtney Love” (Teatr Polski, Wrocław 2012) and other. Author of the novel “dobra książka” (2014). Protagonist of the biographical documentary “Tancerz”, directed by W. Klimala. Scholar of the  Silesian Province Marshal. For the last three years he moves without using a wheelchair owing to the development of an author’s method of movement.

ROZBARK Dance and Movement Theatre in Bytom is located in the building of the historic waiting room of the Rozbark Mine, which was founded in 1868. Excavation of coal was finalized in 2004 and three years later a part of the Rozbark Mine’s buildings was entered in the register of monuments. The activity of ROZBARK Theatre is based on three sections: artistic, educational, and social activity. ROZBARK Theatre’s mission and assumption is creating and propagating of the art of contemporary dance enriched by other forms of the art of movement with which it wants to reach kids, youth, and adults. A culminating point of activities that promote contemporary dance are the next editions of ROZBARK IN MOTION // International Contemporary Dance Conference and Performance Festival.