A staging of Krystian Lupa’s interpretation of Franz Kafka’s The Trial will be presented at one of the most important theater festivals in Europe. The Festival d'Automne à Paris will also host a conference devoted to Lupa as well as the premiere of a new book about the prominent Polish theatre director.
Festival d'Automne à Paris is the most prestigious theater festival in France. Every year, from September to December, it offers over 50 theatrical events, which attract an audience of 250,000 people. This year, it will see the staging of renowned Polish theatre director Krystian Lupa’s latest play, The Trial.
Lupa’s adaptation of the book by Franz Kafka presents the famous story about Joseph K. in a way that remains universal, yet still evokes dangerously current realities. Lupa brings to the stage Felicia, Franz Kafka’s fiancée, and his friend Max Brod, whom Kafka had ordered to burn his works on his death. He didn’t.
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At the festival in Paris, the ‘Portraits’ section will showcase Krystian Lupa and his work during a special conference, a meeting with the director as well as a presentation of a new book, which focusses on his work with actors. This will be the premiere of the book – it has not even been published in Polish yet. The book, Krystian Lupa, edited and translated by Agnieszka Zgieb, containing over 300 reproductions, sketches and collages, presents the rich artistic achievements of the artist, and above all, reveals the diversity of his visual imagination, the seeds of all his artistic activities. The book launch will take place on 24th September.
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This will not be Krystian Lupa’s first visit to the Festival d’Automne. In 2016, the director brought the Thomas Berhard plays with him. This second invitation is a special recognition of the creative work of the Polish artist and his strong position among the most important theatre artists in history. This is evidenced by the fact that the festival organisers departed from the usual formula of presenting a different artist each year – the ‘Portaits’ section will be devoted to Lupa for the second time.
The project is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2021.
Source: press materials, compiled by ZŁO, translated by NR, Sep 2018
Krystian Lupa Retrospective at the Paris Autumn Festival