For Teatr Polski, 2011 begins with a new director at the head - Andrzej Seweryn - whose vision for the theatre is a merging of the traditional and the contemporary. The interdisciplinary nature of the repertoire is to become one of the theatre’s qualities.
Andrzej Seweryn was officially appointed as director of Teatr Polski / Polish Theatre on January 1, 2011. The new director of the legendary theatre at ul. Karasia in Warsaw symbolically opened the theatre's aging doors and windows to let in some fresh air. The event was recorded on camera and presented on January 4 during Seweryn's first meeting with the press. There he explained his outlook on the future of the theatre:
It is easy to gather stars, take a good text and make a good play. It is much more difficult to create a theatre as a space. I want the Polish Theatre to become an important space in Warsaw. A space that radiates.
When presenting his vision for the theatre Andrzej Seweryn referred to the programme presented by his predecessor, Kazimierz Dejmek, who took on the role in September 1981. He mentioned the high moral and civic level of both the actors and the audience. It would not be possible if the performers did not have the basic technical skills, i.e. impeccable stage delivery and proficiency in reciting poetry. The new director's other main focus is to remain true to the authors presented on his stage.
"Our man at Comédie-Fraçaise" inaugurated Seweryn's arrival on January 5 and 6, 2011, with a part in "Wyobraźcie sobie… / Imagine That…", a monodrama based on Shakespeare's texts, directed by Jerzy Klesyk. The performances were created by the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków.
We want to be open to all topics and generations, the new director stated. If someone thinks "Seweryn came, oh no, the horror and the conservatism", he is wrong. There will be no shows directed at people or things, but there will be discussion. I want to invite such creators as Jan Klata and Barbara Wysocka. I want to make theatre that makes sense.
The interdisciplinary nature of the repertoire is to become one of the theatre's qualities. Apart from making its own productions the Polish Theatre aims to co-operate with independent theatres and to promote contemporary dance - the stage at Karasia Street will host The Whirls Dance Theatre every two months. Moreover, the theatre plans to take a number of plays on tour in the Mazowsze region, create a Discussion Forum, a Poetry Salon as well as a drama school.The company will also undergo transformation. Some actors have had their contracts extended, however the contracts of twenty new players do not automatically imply permanent employment.
Teatr Polski: Calendar of premieres and other events in 2011
- January 15 & 16
Beckett's Endgame/Happy Days, directed by Antoni Libera; a show commemorating Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, starring Olga Sawicka, Jarosław Gajewski, Andrzej Seweryn and Zdzisław Wardejn
- January 23
Opening of the Poetry Salon, a concept created by Anna Dymna, Józef Opalski and the Słowacki Theatre in Kraków. The Poetry Salon will be held monthly. The first Salon will focus on the works of Jan Twardowski
- January 29
Night at the Polish Theatre, celebration of the theatre's 98th birthday, the guests include Andrzej Łapicki and Zofia Kucówna,, Gaba Kulka performs in the finale
- February 26
Fredro's Nowy Don Kichot" / "The New Don Quixote, directed by Natalia Kozłowska
- March 5
Polacy / The Poles based on Gombrowicz 's Dzienniki / Diaries as well as Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński's homilies and public speeches, directed by Gabriel Gietzky,, starring Radosław Krzyżowski and Olgierd Łukaszewicz. This evening also inaugurates the Polish Theatre's Discussion Forum
- March 26
Szaniawski's Żeglarz" / "The Sailor, directed by Jerzy Klesyk
- April 30
Corneille's Le Cid, directed by Ivan Alexandre, starring Grażyna Barszczewska, Anna Dereszowska, Marcin Jędrzejewski, Olgierd Łukaszewicz and Jerzy Zelnik
- May 14
The independent Belarusian Free Theatre from Minsk performs Dreams/Generation Jeans by Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada
- June 18
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by Dan Jemmett
- September 17
Euripides's Hecuba, directed by Karolina Kolendowicz, starring Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak
- October 8
Molière's School for Wives, directed by Jacques Lassalle, starring Andrzej Seweryn as Arnolphe
November 19 – Jean-Luc Lagarce's I Was in My House Waiting for the Rain to Come, directed by Michał Sieczkowski, Polish premiere
December 31 – Jay Lerner's and Frederik Loewe's musical "My Fair Lady", directed by Magdalena Piekorz
Forecast - 2011/2012 Season
Słowacki, 's Mazepa, directed by Piotr Tomaszuk
Gabriela Zapolska's Ich czworo" / "The Four of Them, directed by Jerzy Klesyk
Conrad's Under Western Eyes, directed by Jacek Gąsiorowski
Witkacy, 's Oni / Them, directed by Jarosław Gajewski
Pedro Calderón de la Barca's Life Is a Dream – Autos Sacramentales, directed by Andres Lima
Wyspiański's Noc listopadowa" / "November Night
Fredro's Damy i huzary" / "Ladies and Hussars
Mickiewicz's Dziady" / "Forefather's EveKochanowski's Odprawa posłów greckich" / "Dispatch of the Grecian Envoys
On January 29, 2013 Zygmunt Krasiński 's Irydion returns to the stage a century after its premiere which opened the Polish Theatre.
ul. Karasia 2, 00-327 Warsaw
Director: Andrzej Seweryn
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