This year's Festival will be the first edition of an event organized by the International Theatrical and Ballet Seasons Association. Each edition will be dedicated to a great theatre artist (or an important theatrical current). The festival's organizers will put together programs that demonstrate how contemporary theatre artists read outstanding theatre authors of the past, and the way in which these authors and artists are understood in regions of Europe that are culturally and historically varied
This year's FESTIVAL will be the first edition of an event organized by the International Theatrical and Ballet Seasons Association. Each edition will be dedicated to a great theatre artist (or an important theatrical current). The festival's organizers will put together programs that demonstrate how contemporary theatre artists read outstanding theatre authors of the past, and the way in which these authors and artists are understood in regions of Europe that are culturally and historically varied.
An essential point of the festival will be to demonstrate how countries converse with each other using the language of Moliere, Czekhov, and other greats, which should prove especially interesting given the imminent political and economic unification of Europe. The organizers wish to examine how contemporary European theatre draws on its great traditions and to demonstrate the nature of the dialogue that has developed between the present and the past.
Drawing on the long tradition of the KRAKOW BALLET SPRING, which brings together the world's best and most esteemed ballet troupes, the Juliusz Slowacki Theatre, a co-organizer of the "DEDICATIONS" FESTIVAL, sought to expand on the formula of these contemporary dance theatre meetings by periodically bringing the most famous productions in contemporary European theatre to Krakow. Plans call for the city to host specially selected theatre productions every two years, alternating these with ballet festivals. Important elements of "DEDICATIONS" will include international meetings of theatre schools and workshops lead by recognized specialists.
The first edition of the FESTIVAL will be dedicated to Moliere. The "DEDICATIONS - MOLIERE" FESTIVAL began in fact in December of 2001 with a presentation of a ballet rendition of Moliere's DON JUAN by the outstanding ballet ensemble of Borys Eyfman from St. Petersburg.
The "DEDICATIONS" FESTIVAL will take place between the 4th and 8th of October, 2002. During these four days audiences will have the opportunity to attend performances of: PROJECT MOLIERE, a production from Milan by a theatre ensemble lead by Paolo Rossi, an actor of the Piccolo Teatro; TARTUFFE, as directed by Yuri Lyubimov at Moscow's Taganka Theatre; and THE IMAGINARY INVALID, directed by Jiri Menzel at the Komedija Theatre in Zagreb. Other festival performances will be offered by the Russian Drama Theatre from Riga (SCAPIN'S SCHEMINGS directed by Genady Trostaniecki), and the French ensemble of l'Amphitéâtre de Pont de Claix (THE CONFOUNDED HUSBAND, directed by Michel Belletante and Nino d'Introna). In addition to the three famous and highly esteemed foreign productions, the festival program will include performances of the SCHOOL FOR WIVES from the National Theatre in Warsaw, and workshops for theatre school students to be held at the State Higher School of Theatre and lead by Yuri Lyubimov, Jiri Menzel, and Paolo Rossi. Also planned are screenings of Ariane Mnouchkine's famous film titled MOLIERE at the Cinema Under the Rams, and screenings of Robert Wilson's film LA MORT DE MOLIERE at the Miniature Stage. The festival's organizers have done everything to avoid making this season of Moliere in Krakow an event or the elite, striving instead to create a day of celebrating theatre, which is an art form dear to all of Krakow. This is manifested in the production of THE IMAGINARY INVALID, directed by Jiri Menzel, from the Komedija Theatre of Zagreb, which will be presented in one of the courtyards of Krakow's Old Town. Plans also include an open-air performance dedicated to Moliere, conceived and organized by Adolf Weltschek, director of Krakow's Groteska Theatre.
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