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Canadian Premiere


Iwona Pasinska

Poland | 2018 | 9 min
Polish |
Subtitles: English
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Iwona Pasinska’s short film uses theatrical elements to reflect the ornamental motifs in the work of Polish painter Zofia Stryjenska. The parade of characters on screen represents the different aspects of the painter’s own character; they perform the dances depicted in her paintings; we even have a glimpse of Stryjenska’s colour palette. Their music and words evoke the traditional music that, perhaps, the artist’s subjects danced to. Bória sheds light on the twin worlds of the individual and the community: both governed by the rhythm of nature, by moments of joy and pain, and by bounty and desolation. Pasinska’s expressive choreography combines elements of the traditional Hutsul and Polish cultures and reframes them in contemporary dance. Magnified by still shots, this is a vision of two distinct arts with more in common than we might think.
Overview of some festivals: 

LA Dance Film Festival, United States (2020) Official Selection 
Muestra Movimiento Audiovisual, Mexico (2019) Official Selection
Raksa Dance Film Festival, France (2019) Official Selection
InShadow, Portugal (2019) Official Selection
LA Dance Film Festival, United States (2020) Official Selection
Director Iwona Pasinska
Editing Edyta Pietrowska
Choreography Iwona Pasinska
Cast Michal Przybyla, Damian Zatonski, Emily Wong, Dominik Wiecek, Makovskyi Volodymyr, Sandra Szatan, Wiktoria Slezok, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Adrian Radwanski, Dominik Kupka, Victoria Kennett, Amy Basley, Evelyn Blue, Kacper Bozek, Nordang Brage, Julia Halka, Paulina Jaksim, Jerzy Kazmierczak, Katarzyna Kulminska
Concept Iwona Pasinska
Cinematography Marek Grabowski
Costumes Zofia Grzybowska, Andrzej Grabowski, Adriana Cygankiewicz
Decoration Andrzej Grabowski
Music Jan Malisz, Kacper Malisz, Zuzanna Malisz


Iwona Pasinska

Iwona Pasinska

Iwona Pasinska is a theaterologist, a choreographer, movement dramatist, a doctor of humanities. Since 2016, she has been director of the Polish Dance Theatre. A graduate of the Feliks Parnell National Ballet School in ?ód?. For many years, was the first soloist of the Polish Dance Theatre. In 1998, she was awarded the Leon Wójcikowski Medal for the most outstanding dancer of the young generation. She graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan with a degree in Polish philology, major in theatre studies and a PhD in the experience of the body in contemporary theatre from the perspective of dance theatre. As a choreographer or movement dramatist she has cooperated with drama, opera and alternative theatres all over Poland, including Teatr Wielki/​Grand Theatre in Pozna, Teatr Wybrzee in Gdask, Wroclaw Opera, Teatr Ochoty and Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw. She choreographed the Pre-Match Ceremonies” during Euro 2012. As the director of the Polish Dance Theater, she created choreographies for four titles: niwa”/” Harvest”, Wesele. Poprawiny”/” The Wedding. Afterparty”, Polka”/” Pole” and Kurka wodna albo urojenia”/” Water hen or delusions”.Three short dance films, namely Inicjacja”/”Initiation” (2017), Brzemi”/”Burden” (2018), and Toporze” (2019), which she directed, have received numerous awards at international festivals and competitions.
Initiation (2017)
Bória (2018)
Toporze? (2019)
Tamara (2020)

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