The Miraculous Mandarin / The Table Without Happiness

Kielce Dance Theatre

The double evening of Kielce Dance Theatre is a unique occasion to see two spectacles: the latest spectacle of the theatre “The Miraculous Mandarin”, choreography by Grzegorz Pańtak and one of the oldest performances celebrating its 20th anniversary “The table without Happiness”, choreographed by Elżbieta Pańtak.

The version of The Miraculous Mandarin by Grzegorz Pańtak contains the assumptions of the original libretto. The form of choreographic composition results from the way the choreographer perceives the individual characters of the ballet as well as the intention to maintain emotional tension of this dramatic ballet. Nowadays, the contemporary dance language gives possibilities to compile different dance styles, allowing both the choreographer and the dance artistes to give individual features for the characters.

      • Modern dance with the elements of different dance techniques was adequately marked, and the elements of theatralization (mainly violence but also sex) were not too naturalistic, but strong. It’ s worth seeing!


      • (…) a moving story about loneliness and a struggle for the attention of another man. The spectacle in a very emotional form showed the need of partner’s and parental love as well as difficulties which experience people in such relationships.

A beautiful, moving story about loneliness and a struggle for the attention of another man. It shows experiences of the child who is a watchful witness of relations between parents. The spectacle in a very emotional way shows the happiness which the girl experiences while her parents show attention to each other, and the feelings of fear and sadness felt while her beloved parents are in conflict. The spectacle has a clear dramaturgical line.

We sometimes have to be near
to close somebody’s little hand in our big hand
We sometimes have to look deeply and carefully
in carefree child’s eyes
since the child is afraid of the world.

      • The Miraculous Mandarin
      • duration: 35 min
      • choreography, costumes: Grzegorz Pańtak
      • libretto: Menyhért Lengyel
      • music: Béla Bartók
      • scenography: Luigi Scoglio
      • lighting direction / projections: Bogumił Palewicz
      • film: Maria Łozińska
      • performers
      • Girl: Małgorzata Kowalska
      • Mandarin: Mateusz Wróblewski
      • Bandits: Daniel Pustelnik, Kacper Czyż, Aleksander Staniszewski
      • Townsman: Tomasz Słomka
      • Student: Dawid Pieróg
      • Prostitutes: Alicja Horwath-Maksymow, Izabela Zawadzka, Małgorzata Ziółkowska
      • Ballet: Anna Jamioł, Pamela Paprota, Anna Piotrowska, Anna Szczotka, Marta Starostecka, Marta Rolska
      • The Table Without Happiness
      • duration: 25 min
      • choreography, costumes: Elżbieta Pańtak
      • music: Abel Korzeniowski
      • lighting design: Grzegorz Pańtak
      • performers
      • Child: Arkadia Ślósarska
      • Mother: Joanna Polowczyk
      • Father: Grzegorz Pańtak