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 enabled the founders of DanceLab to have 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. DanceLab is also an artistic laboratory, where movement, body, and emotions are confronted with existing definitions of contemporary dance, in order to transcend them.
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 (premiere: Uferstudios, Berlin, 2013).
DanceLab showed its repertoire in Berlin, Jena, Jerusalem, Wroclaw, Krakow and Poznan. DanceLab's latest piece "Anonymous" premiered in June 2014, will be performed five times at the Emerge Festival in London (November 2014) as well as during In Shadow Festival in Lisbon (November 2014). DanceLab has also been selected to present its repertoire at Polish Dance Platform (November 2014).
"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