Until 2008 the theatre operated in Kalisz; in 2009 it moved to Łódź, where it collaborates with other artists – currently the main group consists of Jacek Owczarek’s Pracownia Fizyczna dancers: Mariola Benesz, Wojtek Łaba, Agnieszka Muczyń, Paweł Skalski, Radek Stępniak and Aleksandra Ścibor.
ALTER’s unique feature is its focus on the creative process, which results in permanent evolution of performance. The theatre’s projects, both strictly for the stage and happenings, are not typical choreographic compositions, as the artists never attempt to create closed and complete formula of performance.
In their day to day work, ALTER does not rely on any specific technique, trying to create their own movement and own language of stage expression. During classes, apart from defined dance and movement techniques, improvisation and contact improvisation, attention is paid to non-conventional methods, based on an individual approach to every dancer. Over the years the group has created numerous performances and dance actions, including these: Sin Piel (choreography by Izabela Chlewińska, Magdalena Witwicka, 2006), What would you do if you could do what you can’t do… (directed by Witold Jurewicz, concept: Izabela Chlewińska, Kama Jankowska – guest, Krzysztof Skolimowski – guest, Aleksandra Ścibor, 2007), I episode I (creation: Izabela Chlewińska, art consultation Witold Jurewicz, 2007), Shitty Dance Shitty (directed and choreography by Witold Jurewicz, 2008), The Best (choreography Witold Jurewicz, 2009), And What... (directed by Witold Jurewicz, concept: Mariola Benesz, Aleksandra Ścibor, 2009), Lovers (choreography by Witold Jurewicz 2010).
ALTER collaborates with artists from other fields, such as musicians and photographers. Music for performances is created by Jan Smoczyński, pianist and composer, and others. The theatre’s performances are accompanied by dance photography exhibitions of Katarzyna Maziała.
Another area of the theatre’s activities is education. Based on an extensive experience and teaching skills, dancers run classes, training courses and workshops in various fields of dance and movement techniques.