Red Grass

Red Grass



premiere: 11 July 2009, Teatr Wybrzeże, Gdańsk

directed by:
Katarzyna Chmielewska and Leszek Bzdyl

choreography and dance:

Katarzyna Chmielewska, Tatiana Kamieniecka,
Ula Zerek, Leszek Bzdyl, Radek Hewelt

Mikołaj Trzaska

Maciej Chojnacki

video by:
Kamila Chomicz / featuring: Cezary Rybiński

lighting design:
Michał Kołodziej

produced by: Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre & Teatr Wybrzeże, Gdańsk 

supported by Gdańsk City Council

special thanks to: 
The Baltic Opera House in Gdańsk and 
Open Studio for Performing Arts in Burdag


Katarzyna Chmielewska: 

After reading any of Boris Vian's novels, the reality isn't the same any more. His surreal visions are so tempting and opening that one would love to stay and live in them, irrespective of their bitterness and indefinable sadness. To be like a Senator dog, who lacks just Lapiti to be perfectly happy; or like Lil, who has two beetles specially coached for manicure-scissoring; or dance to Duke Ellington’s hit single “Screw Me”.

Leszek Bzdyl:

1 - it's the book of my life (I read it for the first time at the age of 22, and since then, I have been identifying myself with the character of Wolf, which has undoubtedly influenced my relation to the world for the next 22 years);

2 - if you love something too much, you go blind and no longer keep distance from it;

3 - we dance, rather than talk, and the whole charm of Vian's prose is its language, so we need to find similar charms with movement;

4 – because of what is said above, we need to start with Vian, and then try and flee from him to perform an autonomous performance that finds fulfilment within itself.

press reviews:

This is an unpretentious performance with slowly unfolding events, and full of cheerful eroticism. The irony, so typical for the company, is also marked in Red Grass. It’s a tongue-in-cheek reflection on ourselves.

Mirosław Baran, Gazeta Wyborcza Trójmiasto

The issue of human relationships with a bit of subtle eroticism couldn’t be presented in a better way.
Kamila Golik, Dziennik Teatralny

Dada created an interesting performance, close to Vian’s prose, and full of surprising turns as well as innovative approaches.  

Łukasz Rudziński,


presentation dates:

28 November / Dada XX, Teatr Wybrzeże - Scena Kameralna, Sopot
2 June / Klopsztanga – Polen grenzenlos NRW, Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany
1 June / Klopsztanga – Polen grenzenlos NRW, Theater im Depot, Dortmund, Germany
13 May / Center for Contemporary Art - Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw

6-7 December / Teatr Wybrzeże - Scena Kameralna, Sopot 
11 October / International Dace Fesyival - Open Stage, Centrum Sztuki Mościce, Tarnów
27-29 May / Teatr Wybrzeże - Malarnia, Gdańsk

8 October / Polish Dance Platform / CK Zamek, Poznań
5-6 October Teatr Wybrzeże - Malarnia, Gdańsk
29 June / Malta Festival, Stary Browar, Poznań
31 May / Days of Contemporary Art, Białostocki Teatru Lalek, Białystok
31 March – 01 April / Teatr Wybrzeże – Malarnia, Gdańsk
27 March / XX Olsztyńskie Spotkania Teatralne, Teatr im. Stefana Jaracza, Olsztyn

12 listopada / XIII International Dance Festival, CK, Lublin
8 listopada / International Theatre Meeting OKNO, Teatr Współczesny, Szczecin
3-5 listopada / Teatr Wybrzeże – Malarnia, Gdańsk
11-12 lipca / (premiere) Teatr Wybrzeże - Malarnia, Gdańsk