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DanceLab is an artistic laboratory, where movement, body and emotions are confronted with existing definitions of contemporary dance, in order to transcend them.
DanceLab is a dance company founded by Małgorzata Mielech and Zofia Jakubiec, former long-standing dancers of Polish Dance Theatre. Their comprehensive dance education and professional experience, gained at the Polish Dance Theatre, along with individual efforts, bring their skills to the highest level and has enabled the founders of DanceLab the outlook and dance technique needed to implement original dance projects.
Throughout their careers, they remained open to influences by the most important figures and trends in world-class contemporary dance, while continually seeking their own choreographic aesthetics and working methods in dance theatre. The turning point in their careers came with their time spent in Israel, and the opportunity to collaborate with local dance artists. The forms of expression learnt in Israel are strongly reflected in their choreographies, giving evidence to their fascination with the possibilities offered to professional dancers by GaGa, the choreographic language created by Ohad Naharin.
The Company has several interdisciplinary projects in its repertoire, choreographed and performed by Polish and International artists. DanceLab has created DanceLabirynth - a platform of exchange between artists representing different genres, who form an artistic dialog with one another. DanceLabirynth has been presented in Poland, Germany and Israel.
DanceLab was invited by the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw and Berlin's Mica Moca, to take part in an art residency programme in Berlin, coming up with a piece called NILREB (premier: Uferstudios, Berlin, 2013).
DanceLab has four performances in its repertoire. “Sababa” choreographed by Małgorzata Mielech and Zofia Jakubiec, as well as “We bleed the same color”, choreographed by Shi Pratt, had a premier in the Polish Theatre, in Poznan, Poland (June 2013).
Another DanceLab’s production, "Anonymous" choreographed by Gosia Mielech, had a premier in Nowa Gazownia, in Poznań, Poland (June 2014).
DanceLab present its repertoire nationally and internationally: London, Stockholm, Lisbon, Nurnberg, Berlin, Jerusalem, Jena, Wroclaw, Krakow, Bytom and Poznan.
DanceLab has also been selected to present its repertoire at Polish Dance Platform (November 2014).
DanceLab won the award for Most Abstract Idea at Licht.Blicke Festival in Nurnberg (October 2015). During the Festival, The Company presented two performances: “Anonymous” and “I’mperfect”.
DanceLab’s latest piece “I’mperfect”, choreographed by Gosia Mielech and Oliver Mahar had a premier during This is Not a Festival in Bytom, Poland (July 2015). The second premier of the full length performance took place during Resolution Festival, at the Place in London, UK (January 2016).
"DanceLab represents a new vision of dance theatre, slightly different from the one presented by the Polish Dance Theatre ( from where the artists originate ) as well as Old Brewery New Dance."
Stefan Drajewski, Głos Wielkopolski