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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.


October 12, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Theatre 1, Irish World Academy