My Tail and I

My Tail and I

interactive dance performance for families with children 3+ y.o.

The performance is focused around an inconspicuous decline from our evolutionary ancestors - the tail bone. Built on a somatic approach to the body and movement, My Tail and I invites families to accompany and take action in the process of becoming walking-on-two-feet creatures, called humans.

With a humorous atmosphere and in a form appropriate for the youngest audience, the performance asks: How many tails do we have? How do we feel them? How can they support us in our daily lives? How can they feed our movement and our imagination?

The performance is an artistic response to one of the contemporary plagues of civilization, which is sitting for a long time without moving, very often causing back pain, especially in its tail section. It affects both caregivers and, unfortunately, children, who are mirroring the adults, and who are often trained not to move too much. Long-term freezing often means cutting off valuable signals flowing from the body. One of the main goals of the performance is to deepen the awareness of the body and encourage them to enjoy the common family dance.

illustration: Dana Chmielewska
production: Performat Foundation
co-production: Teatr Polski in Poznań
partner: Somatische Akademie in Berlin
distribution: Performat Production - Karolina Wycisk

Premiere: December 19, 2021, Polish Theater in Poznań

Co-organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance as part of the “PolandDances / Tournée” program. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Theatre / company

Holobiont Collective, PL


Hanna Bylka-Kanecka


Holobiont collective in collaboration with Heike Kuhlmann, Adalisou Menghini and Ka Rustler


Józef Buchnajzer


Aleksandra Bożek-Muszyńska, Hanna Bylka-Kanecka, Dana Chmielewska

Stage design

Mr. Tail

Costume design

Mr. Tail