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Flow ECoC 2016

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11 June 2016

“With the stroke of a pen at the Potsdam Conference following the Allied victory in 1945, Breslau, the largest German city east of Berlin, became the Polish city of Wroclaw. Its more than six hundred thousand inhabitants - almost all of them ethnic Germans - were expelled and replaced by Polish settlers from all parts of prewar Poland.”

Gregor Thum, Uprooted.

The River Odra. Sometimes friend, sometimes angry, the Odra is the liquid-like backbone to this ever changing city. The river Odra and its surrounding parks, streets, buildings and accompanying bridges, will be the centre of focus for a series of international events and performances which tell the stories of 20th Century Breslau/Wroclaw, and present creative reflections upon the themes of “diasporas, migrations, immigrations” and contemporary European identities.

The events place the city, its citizens and diasporas and concepts of “the others” as the principle performers of the event. International voices and reflections are also active participants and makers of events.

“The Flow Quartet” is the name for the four biggest projects in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture, 2016 directed by Chris Baldwin, Curator for Interdisciplinary Performance and involving artists and citizens from many countries. They aim to tell the story of Wroclaw to itself, to Poland, to Europe and beyond. The Flow Quartet consists of four interlinked projects;

            * Mosty/Bridges – June 20 2015,

            * Przebudzenie/Spirits of Wroclaw (Opening Ceremony) – January 17 2016,

            * Flow I and II – June 11 2016

            * Niebo/Sky (Closing Ceremony) – December 16/17 2016


5th June – (20:00) An opening taster for the week: A concert at Auditorium Marianum by the Chamber Choir of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance + welcome by Chris Baldwin - Curator for Performance Wroclaw 2016.




FLOW – 11 June 2016 (Part 3 – The “Flow Quartet”) European Capital of Culture, Wroclaw 2016.

Flow is a major international cultural event taking part in the centre of Wroclaw, around the river Odra on SATURDAY 11th June 2016.


FLOW I – 11 am to 8 pm

*          Four zones, within a few meters of the Odra river, will host adult and family events lasting the whole day.

*          All events are free entry but some restrictions placed on the number of people who can enter for safety reasons.

Body Story Zone : Sand Island (Wyspa Piasek)

Contemporary Dance Stage: (see table on next page)

Three of the best contemporary dance companies from Israel will be performing on one stage. Free admission.


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Nadine Bommer Dance Company

The hilarious and international sensation, Invisi’BALL transforms the theater into a surprising and multi-cultural football field.

Free entry


Kamuyot breaks the traditional barriers between performers and audience, making audience members an integral element of a shared experience. 15 Ensemble dancers create a welcoming and magical space punctuated with the eclectic sounds of Japanese pop, reggae and vintage television themes, converting the term "performance" into a celebrative experience of audience and performers alike.

Free entry


Machol Shalem Dance House in cooperation with Teatr Tańca Zawirowania

All wars are the same but all wars are different. All people are the same but all people are different . All needs are the same.

"HA-E" (The Island) is a creation for dance and theatre that deals with our basic needs as human beings searching for love and communication in a harsh and cold world.

Free entry


Batsheva – the Young Ensemble

as above

Free entry


Nadine Bommer Dance Company

as above

Free entry


Machol Shalem Dance House in cooperation with Teatr Tańca Zawirowania

as above

Free entry


Bielarska Island  workshops with Fundacja

  • Little Shipyard.

When I was small, I peeled the bark from trees to make boats. Where are these boats today? Can they be found ? Lost dreams…. For those visiting Bielarska Island they will find „Little Shipyard” a project prepared by foundation. All  children and adults are invited to use wood, string and canvas to fulfill their dream of making handmade boats and launching them on the Odra River.

  • Historical Postcards of Breslau/Wroclaw

Come and make new postcards using the old, archive postacards from the foundation collection. EVERYONE,  young and not-so-young have the opportunity  to see what Wroclaw and Odra looked like in past years. Additional attractions include writing your own card with memories from Wroclaw  - European Capital of Culture 2016 - and send it to the world.

Free entry: Open from 11:00 to 19:00


The Floating Boat of Memory


This visual and oral history project tells the story  of the Lower Silesian Polish Jews. On Barca Tumska, moored to Wyspa Młyńska , audiences are invited people to listen to the voices of the post war survivors and learn about the fate as well as the beauty of their lives. The languages of the Floating Boat of Memory are Polish, English and Yiddish with Polish and English subtitles.


Free entry: Open from 11:00 to 20:00


Zone of Whispers: “A Certain Story”, Nowy Targ to Slowackiego Park.

This zone consists of Nowy Targ Square, Hala Targowa, the blocks near Frycza Modrzewskeigo Street, the square in front of Academy of Fine Arts, Purkynieg Street between Radisson Hotel and National Muzeum qnd Slowackiego park.

“Historia” consists of three activities in one: a street performances “A Certain Story” in the form of a walking trail in which different urban spaces are used to explore the hidden stories of families from Lower Silesia in the 20th century; an international dance collaboration, Dansnest and a series of workshops taking place in Slowackiego park run by young artists from every corner of Europe. 

„A Certain Story”(directed by Piotr Łukaszczyk and Kamil Przyboś) - Beginning at Nowy Targ, and passing through local landmarks, the performance takes it's audience on a short, intense trail through four decades of 20th century family experiences in Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. Certan Story is an open invitation to the audience to contribute their family stories to this magical day. These family contributions will be the foundation material for Niebo – the closing ceremony of EcoC in December 2016.

Directly following on from this performance will be a performance by Dansnest, Breda, Holland, who have been working with dancers from Wroclaw on a new work especially for the event.

And then you are invited to participate in open air art workshops run by young artists from all over Europe!

Theatre Workshops  for children and adults to engage the imagination, concentration, memory, body consciousness, breathing and movement.

Singing Workshops for those who like to sing (or want ot start with singing), for those who are curious about the melodies of other languages and want to develop their voice skills and experience of group singing.

Circus Workshops activities for kids, youth and adults including juggling basics, acrobatics and physical play.

Dance Workshops integrated dances of different nations – dances in a circle, line dancing, modern dances. 


Nowy Targ – „Certain Story” – 1st Show

(finishes at Panorama Racławicka at 12.20 pm)

11:00 – 11:30

Dancenest show on the stairs and square of Panorama Racławicka

13:00 – 13:30

Dancenest show on the stairs and square of Panorama Racławicka

14:00 – 15:30

4 workshops (dance, singing, theatre, circus) Slowackiego Park


Nowy Targ – „Certain Story” – 2nd Show

(finishes at Panorama Racławicka at 16:50)

15:00 –15:30

Dancenest show on the stairs and square of Panorama Racławicka

17:00 – 17:30

Dancenest show on the stairs and square of Panorama Racławicka

18:00 – 19.30

4 workshops (dance, singing, theatre, circus) Slowackiego Park

19:00 – 19:30

Dancenest show on the stairs and square of Panorama Racławicka


Zone of Tastes: The Botanical Gardens

Botanical Garden is the location of “Marmolada!” an international Polish-German collaboration whose focal point is jam! Theater der Jungen Welt, Liepzig with European Capital of Culture, Wroclaw, have prepared Marmolada! – a theatre, music installation and story-telling event focusing on the notion of taste memory - memories of home, jams made by our grandmothers using their well-kept secret recipes! Come and see the Botanical Gardens as you have never seen them before. Recipes and memories from Poland and Germany. Come and taste the stories, listen to the music, take part in an suprising concert by Atonor Ensemble and participate in a delicious and artistic marmolada picnic prepared by Grupa z Pasją. The event is for families and lovers of flavours and is bound to evoke long lost memories.

Hours of shows: 11:00; 12.30; 14:00; 15:30; 17:00; 18:30.

Seats are limited; tickets at different hours to pick up at the entrance.


Theater der Jungen Welt Leipzig covers many different sections and is open for everyone. Children, teenagers, adults and families can all come to the municipal  theatre in Leipzig. With about 700 performances each season it runs the most performances in town.During the last years the house, which was Germany’s first professional theatre for children and youngsters founded in 1946, has developed to being one of the most renowned German speaking children and youngster theatres and is also known for the multiplicity of guest performances and Festival invitations which present this theatre all over Germany and international.The artistic director, Jürgen Zielinski, worked for several production for the German Goethe Institute and is one of the leading artistic director for the theatre for children and young persons.

Unpredictable - unforgettable - crazy, fun and surprising: Everyday objects break out of their original function and into new sounds. Ensemble Atonor goes its very own way through a world of surrealistic things. Using the various electro-acoustic objects of German artist Erwin Stache Ensemble Atonor creates pieces which constitute a mix between experiment, performance, theater and rhythm. Usually the audience does not know, whether to be more astonished by the performance or the objects themselves.
Ensemble Atonor: Antonia Sachse, Constantin Suppee, Maximilian Hensel, Ferdinand Störel, Benjamin Stache
Sound objects: Erwin Stache


Zone of Borders: University Square (plac Uniwersytecki)

The area of University Square will be divided into stories of and told by Ukrainian people living in Poland. Specially prepared installations will enable audiences to move freely as performances happen throughout the day, all of which have been created and will be performed by people of Ukrainian origin. An opportunity to listen to stories told in unusual ways. Come and peek  into the houses and dreams of others.

Performance based on idea and directed by Zofia Dowjat.

Hours of dramatized happenings: 11:00; 13:00; 15:00; 17:00.

Knock knock, who’s there?

Have you ever looked inside a wardrobe and discovered a family secret or treasure? An untold story? What would you leave in a wardrobe to be discovered by the next generation?


Linking the four day-time zones together you can encounter a chain of twenty one special wardrobes. Twenty one chances to join us in sending messages to the next generation. Come and tell them where we are from....and where we would like to go. Leave a memory and join in the fun.




FLOW II – 22:00

This evening event, organized the river Odra in the space between Sand Island and the Bridge of Peace, is going to be an extraordinary spectacle for a large city audience. Behind the scenes lies a precise and intimate process.

The starting point for the work was a scenario written by Chris Baldwin (director). Composer Paweł Romańczuk created a musical frame using this scenario - a few bars at the beginning and end of each of four sections. Four young talented composers have since developed these musical ideas to create an extraordinary piece of music.

Jiří Kabát (Czech Republic), Udi Perlman (Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem), Adam Porębski (Poland - Music Academy of  Karol Lipinski in Wrocław) and Amir Shpilman (Hochschule fur Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden) have composed the four parts of the cantata, which will be performed especially for the occasion by an orchestra composed of artists from Beethoven Academy orchestra (Poland), graduates and students of the Academy of Music of Karol Lipinski Wroclaw (Poland), Hochschule fur Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden (Germany), The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (Israel) and Instrumentalists from the Czech Republic and big international choir.

This work is the backbone of an interdisciplinary performance, in which the river and surrounding buildings will play key parts.

The list of musicians and choirs is long and really impressive: The Orchestra of the Bethoven Academy, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Chamber Choir, members of the Jerusalem Academy's Mendy Rodan Symphony Orchestra, postgraduates and students of Karol Lipinski Music Academy in Wroclaw, Students of Music Conservatory in Pardubice, students instrumentalists and choir of Hochschule für Music Carl Maria von Weber from Dresden,  Chamber Choir Le Colisee Erkelenz, Academic choir Camerata Jagellonica from Jagiellonian Univeristy in Cracow, Academic choir of University of Life Sciences in Lublin, choir of University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw, Gaudium choir of University in Wroclaw, Ars Cantandi – choir of Wroclaw Univeristy of Economics.

Wroclaw Cantata


Musical Frame composed by Paweł Romańczuk


Movement 1 - “The Dancing and Building Decade”  - (Udi Perlman - Israel)


The period of the Weimar republic was most significant for the development of housing in Breslau/Wroclaw, bringing many interesting modernist solutions of a european dimension. This was a great period for cooperative housing in Germany in general. Dance in Germany of the 1920’s was also of international importance. Three choreographers who influenced the development of 20th century dance and dance and actor education, Kurt Joose, Rudolf Laban and Mary Wigman. In this opening movement we celebrate the architecture and dance of the period.



Movement 2  “Destruction” (Amir Shpilman - Germany)


How did an ethnic community, so integrated into the life of the German majority nation, fall victim to that nation in just a few short decades?


The city of Breslau was besieged as part of the Lower Silesian Offensive on February 13, 1945, by the 6th Ukrainian army and the encirclement of Breslau was completed the following day.  The Siege of Breslau consisted of destructive house-to-house street fighting, During the siege, both sides resorted to setting entire districts of the city on fire.



Movement 3 “Silence and Reawakening” (Jiri Kabat – Czech Republic)


Speaking of “displacement” in postwar Europe in general obscures important differences between the experiences of particular groups. In the midst of Europe’s “demographic revolution”  at least two main modes of population management can be distinguished: the first is the resettlement of foreign nationals to their assumed “homeland” for the purpose of ethnic homogenization--the so-called disentanglement of populations--involving, for instance, the evacuation of some ten million Germans from Eastern Europe and the resettlement of some three-and-a-half million Poles in western Poland. The other is the resettlement across the world of the “non-repatriable” foreign nationals remaining on European soil after the war. These were the so-called last million who stayed in 1946 after the rest of the eight million “foreign workers, slave laborers, prisoners of war, and liberated concentration camp inmates”


Movement 4 “Rebuilding, Flood, Rebuilding” (Adam Porębski  - Poland)



The founding election in the new Polish democracy was held as a two-leg ballot on June 4th and 18th, 1989. The election was the outcome of the so-called Round Table Talks which reserved 65% of the seats in the lower house (Sejm) in advance for the official Polish United Workers’ Party (PZPR) and its satellite parties but created a Senate for which all the seats could be freely contested in the ballot. The Solidarity coalition scored an overwhelming victory in the semi-democratic election, winning all of the seats that were fought competitively in the Sejm and 99 of the 100 seats in the Senate.


On the early Friday morning, July 11, 1997, in the town of Siechnice lying close to Wrocław, water from the two rivers Oder and Olawa broke through their embankments and flooded the town. Water rushed in the direction of Wrocław submerging the village Radwanice on its way. The culminating wave reached Wrocław in the evening of July 12. By the morning of the next day a significant part of the city was under water. Thanks to the determination of Wrocław inhabitants who built dams of earth and stacked sandbags around the seriously endangered Cathedral Isle and Sand Isle, numerous historical buildings and priceless monuments of European culture were saved.

In all, the flood covered 30% of the city and over 150 000 of its inhabitants were directly affected. Thousands of homes were damaged. Many houses collapsed because their structure had been disturbed.


Participants in the show also include other kinds of fans of the river Oder, those who normally float on its waters and the surrounding waters. Boats are recast as actors in this show, and, along with the music, they help tell the story of the twentieth century in Wroclaw.

The most attractive and natural place for the audience of this show will be along the bank of the Oder and the Peace Bridge. For those who want to see the show in a more intimate atmosphere – there will be the chance to see the show on TV screens at several places around the city.

The event will begin at 22.00 and will last approx. 65 minutes.




Background Notes:

Each part of the Flow Quartet has an outcome designed for a citywide, nationwide, Europe wide audience. As in all quartets this is a work for four instruments or voices:

* PEOPLE: the voices of artist citizens associated with the stories of Wroclaw/Breslau and the diasporas of the city now living around the world – predominantly in Germany, Israel, Ukraine and Czech Republic.

* SPACE: the public and open spaces, bridges, river, roads and parks of Wroclaw. We have found ourselves repeatedly using the Greek concept of “palimpsest” - a place or object with many half revealed layers, repeatedly in our work.

* SOUND and DESIGN: New music and design has been developed as the result of both intercultural collaborations and a celebration of the palimpsest nature of this city. We have commissioned music and designs from Polish lighting magicians and floating object builders to French Spirit makers, bringing the city as manuscript into dramaturgical relief.

* DRAMATURGY: By combining people, space and sound/design the Flow Quartet presents a story which do not reduce the complexity of this city but rather acknowledges the contradictions, the historic trauma and it's incredible achievements. The projects also explore the city's hopes for the future.

These four voices will intertwine at various points to create complex and somewhat unpredictable pattern. Each movement, each part of the quartet, is designed for tens of thousands of people to enjoy. But these four voices (artist citizens, space, sound/design and dramaturgy) are always present even when only one of them takes the leading role for a few bars.

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