Theatres of the World and Polish Artists 2014
Bringing their plays to theatres around the world are Polish directors Krzysztof Warlikowski, Grzegorz Jarzyna and Krzysztof Garbaczewski. From Brazil to New York, Paris and Tel Aviv; here are the upcoming world premieres, co-productions and internationals festivals of 2014/15.
Warlikowski at La Monnaie once again
Following a row of controversial and praised operas – Macbeth based on Verdi, Médée based on Cherubini, and Lulu based on Alban Berg – renowned European opera director returns to La Monnaie with a new production. He takes on Mozart's famous Don Giovanni which premiered in Prague in 1787. What will Warlikowski's interpretation bring to light?
Those familiar with Krzysztof Warlikowski's style and approach won't be surprised that the titular Don Giovanni will be a dark and desperate protagonist (played by Jean-Sébastien Bou). Conducting the opera is Ludovic Morlot, who has guided the orchestra to Mozart twice before. Set design was created by Warlikowski regular Małgorzata Szczęśniak, and the choreography was arranged by Claude Bardouil. Don Giovanni opens in Brussels in December 2014.
For all opera enthusiasts, the opera will be transmitted via the internet on the La Monnaie website. Viewing is possible between December 31st 2014 and January 20th 2015.
King Lear sings in Brazil
Psychosis 4.48 in America
Between October 16th and 26th, New Yorkers can visit St. Ann's Warehouse for Grzegorz Jarzyna's Psychosis 4.48, based on a play by British playwright Sarah Kane. Theatre troupe TR Warszawa has already travelled with the plays to festivals in Scotland and China. Lead role actress Magdalena Cielecka was awarded the Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival. TR Warszawa goes to New York with the support of Culture.pl.
Jarzyna's play was well received by critics abroad. In The Herald Scotland, Scott Clair commented on Cielecka's performance, calling it and the other actors "unparalleled" and "stunning". "It rarely happens that the audience doesn't know how to react after a play,", he wrote "because the events that transpired seemed too real and painful to be followed by an applause".
Set design was created by Małgorzata Szczęśniak. Cast members include Mariusz Benoit, Rafał Maćkowiak and Katarzyna Herman.
Tmuna Festival 2014 in Tel Aviv
The young artists from Poland's premiere dance centre - the Poznań-based Stary Browar - are packing their bags for Israel, where they were invited by the Polish Institute in Tel Aviv and the curator of Tmuna Festival 2014, Yair Vardi.
Dancer Agata Maszkiewicz arrives with the performance Poland, Anna Nowicki presents The truth... and Janusz Orlik, Insight.
The shows are part of the 2014 October Tmuna Festival and mark the beginning of the Polish-Israeli Dance Platform, which is intended to permit the regular exchange of ideas and experiences between Poland and Israel.
The Polish performances take place on 23-24 October 2014.
Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy by Garbaczewski in Minsk
Praised at Polish threatre festivals and winner of the Krakow Divine Comedy Award, Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy travels to Belarus. Krzysztof Garbaczewski and his theatre group from the Jan Kochanowski Theatre in Opole take part in the International Theatre Forum TeART 2014 on October 13th and 14th.
Their performance is a mix of theatre and film in which "the camera allows us to enter Yvonne's private world" comments Garbaczewski . The director intended to give a more contemporary image of Gombrowicz's protagonist Yvonne. "I hope that the viewer who has already seen her many times will now see an entirely new Yvonne. [...] However, we are not deconstructing the play but engaging more deeply in a process begun by Gombrowicz himself – the process of fighting against Yvonne's silence", explains Garbaczewski, who also created the set design for the performance.
Dancing in Sweden and Lithuania
The Warsaw-based dance theatre Teatr Tańca Zawirowania is to visit Sweden and Lithuania with two performances. At the Dancing Partners industry event in Härnösand, they will perform Zbliżenia (October 7th and 9th) – an artistic cooperation between the Polish theatre and the Swedish company Compania E. The performance Zbliżenia involved the cooperation of the Teatr Zawirowania Dancers and Slovak choreographer Tomáš Nepšinský. Performing on stage are Karolina Kroczak, Elwira Piorun and Syzmon Osiński.
Next on the list of destinations is Lithuania and the international dance festival Aura Dance. There, Elwira Piorun, Magda Radłowska and Paulina Święcańska will perform 50 twarzy Ewy.
Claude Bardouil and Nancy. Interview
Coming to Mulhouse's Horizon Festival in April is Nancy. Interview with Magdalena Popławska, directed by French director and choreographer Claude Bardouil, about the much-talked about love story of the Sex Pistols bassist.
The project is a crossover between theatre and dance where artists confront the legend of Vicious, who died of an overdose and was suspected of murdering his fiancé Nancy Spungen. The performance, originally created at the Warsaw-based Teatr Nowy, has garnered awards at festivals in Poland.
The performance is coproduced by Centre de Developpement Choreographique Toulouse / Midi-Pyrenees.
New York's United Solo
New York's United Solo presents over one hundred shows from around the world. Coming to its stages is the monodrama Moja Droga B, based on a text by Krystyna Janda, directed by Marek Koterski and performed by Małgorzata Bogdańska.
Author: Ania Legierska, translator: MJ 02/09/2014
Sources: Nowy Teatr, Teatr Tańca Zawirowania, La Monnaie, TR Warszawa, press materials