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PhD Arts Practice Performance – Ewa Zak-Dyndal
October 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Droga – Where We Belong
Performers: Ewa Żak-Dyndał; Aniela Nowak; Aleksandra
Styka; Femke Donkoh; Anna Bańko-Szumacher; Julia Styka;
Daniel Lasota; Jarosław Kurek; “Lubelska Orkiestra
Rodzinna” (Lublin Family Orchestra)
My research investigates the role of ritual and ritual music
in the performance of belonging within the Polish Irish
community. In my first PhD Arts Practice performance, I
present a tale of discovering one’s sense of belonging and
identity using music, dance, light and audio-visual animation.
This theatrical project draws on various music traditions,
related rituals, and elements of old-Slavonic character. It
represents a journey through changing feelings of belonging,
reflecting the stories of performers and the audience alike.
The experience begins as spectators enter the Irish World
Academy, stepping into the intimacy and magical space of
the performance tale. This performance project seeks to
open the possibility for everyone to connect with their own
story of belonging.
Mrs Ewa Żak-Dyndał – PhD Arts Practice candidate, piano
and theory tutor at the Irish World Academy. As a child, she
absorbed Polish traditional songs and rituals from her family
and community. She completed her schooling and musical
training in her native Poland, before gaining a BA in Music
at Bristol University and an MA in Ritual Chant and Song at
the Academy. Ewa is an active member of various musical
ensembles among the Polish and Irish communities. Her
doctoral research explores the transmission of traditional
rituals and singing in Poland and the Polish diaspora in
Admission is free and all are welcome.