The Theatre Slam in Berlin is a two-day marathon of theatre events presenting the latest developments in Polish drama. Alongside showcases, the event will encompass stage readings, meetings and discussions with authors, as well as an artistic action titled: "Skup historii" / "Story Purchase"
The Theatre Slam in Berlin is a two-day marathon of theatre events presenting the latest developments in Polish drama. Alongside showcases, the event will encompass stage readings, meetings and discussions with authors, as well as an artistic action titled "Story Purchase"
Award-winning playwrights and writers whose works are to be presented within the framework of the project include: Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, Magda Fertacz, Paweł Demirski, Radosław Paczocha, Artur Pałyga, Antonina Grzegorzewska, Dana Łukasińska and Michał Walczak.
The theatre Slam features pieces open to interpretation regardless of the place of production, and the writings present an acute awareness of the choices contemporary society makes - and their consequences. The plays deal with issues such as the search for spirituality, the responsibility of Western civilization, the reconstruction of identity and the deconstruction of cultural systems, and are intended to keep a broad anthropological perspective.
The Berlin Theatre Slam isn't a one way monologue: Polish playwrights, for example, invite participants to take part in the "Skup historii" / "Story Purchase" happening in which members of the audience are asked to share stories from their lives. They are, as well, asked to present creative pieces they have written on topics such as: spiritual or criminal experiences, stories of transition, separation, homecoming, and stories of re-birth.
Plays / stage readings
During the course of the event, Berlin actors will present eight 30-minute excerpts of plays. Staged rehearsals will take place at Studio Kleines Parkett Akademie der Kuenste. Here works performed by Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, Magda Fertacz, Paweł Demirski, Radosław Paczocha, Artur Pałyga, Antonina Grzegorzewska, Dana Łukasińska and Michał Walczak will be accompanied by live music by Daniel Pigoński. Pigoński has composed music for many theatrical performances and is the author of electronic and experimental music. He will be joined by the renowned guitarist and composer Raphael Rogiński. The event is directed by Sebastian Schwarz, Monika Dobrowolańska, Bożena Baranowska and John Wagner.
"It's a tough task to speak for ten minutes" and "Hello, everybody," are two additional parts in the program. Each playwright has ten minutes to present his/her own mini-lecture, presentation, performance, or use to the time to simply speak on any topic s/he chooses.
On the 11th of November a meeting with Polish playwrights will be led by Dirk Pilz (Berliner Zeitung für Theater und Geisteswissenschaften journalist) and on the 12th of November Christine Wahl (theater critic, journalist and Theater heute Tagesspiegel) will moderator.
"Skup historii" / "Story Purchase"
During the Theatre Slam, a "Point of Story Purchase" will be inaugurated, where playwrights await the audience’s responses, and in turn, use the opportunity to gather further stories. The typical situation gets reversed and playright's will be the audience to stories based on the attendees' own life experiences.
Full versions of the fourteen POlish plays featured will be published on the Theatre Slam's website.
Petra Kohse (ADK), Jacek Głaszcz (IP), Marta Sztanka (Agencja Dramatu)
Curator / Producer:
Theatre Slam takes place within the "BLICKWECHSEL. Künstlerische Dialoge mit Polen. Ein Design der Akademie der Künste und des Instituts polnischen Berlin" project series
Date: 11th-12th of November 2011.
Venue: Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
Organised by: Akademie der Künste, Polish Institute in Berlin, Agencja Dramatu
Partners: Europäisches Theaterinstitut.
Project co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Source: Adam Mickiewicz Institute