Three Polish plays will be presented during the Second International Theatre Festival TheATRIUM 2018 in Klaipėda, Lithuania. The performances by theatres from Warsaw, Kraków and Poznań all premiered in 2017.
The Second International Theatre Festival TheATRIUM 2018 in Klaipėda is one of the more important theatre festivals in Lithuania and the Baltic region. This young, but extremely ambitious, festival is very highly regarded in Lithuania. The TheATRIUM's team consists of outstanding Lithuanian theatre figures including prominent directors and playwrights. Apart from Polish performances, the programme of the festival will include plays from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Belarus, Italy, France and Great Britain.
The Polish Theatre Days are permanent part of the festival in Klaipėda. TheATRIUM will present audiences with the most intriguing trends in contemporary Polish theatre. The programme of the festival will also include master classes based on the Grotowski method.
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Polish Theatre Days at TheATRIUM 2018
15th-16th June 2018
Klaipėda Drama Theatre, Grand Hall, 6:30PM
NOWY TEATR (Poznań, Poland)
You’ll Be Pleased, Madam; Or The Very Last Wedding In Kamyk Village
Direction, set design, costume design: Agata Duda-Gracz
There is a village where the weather has stopped. There is a village where silence continues without interruption: you will not hear flies buzzing, wind whistling through the rye in the fields, or a carriage passing. There is a village in which there are no children, where no cow has had calves in many years, and hens no longer lay eggs. The mechanism of birth and death has stopped. No new families are being created. Half of the houses are empty, because only the strongest have stayed here. And none of the residents are normal.
Will the wedding of Ziūnia and Siutek interrupt the power of silence, revive the local community and end this ‘dead season’? Will everyone live happily ever after? Or maybe the upcoming apocalypse is unstoppable? Only one thing is clear: an uninvited wedding guest has showed up: ‘evil’.
21st June 2018
CHOREA THEATRE (Łódź, Poland),
Master Class – Workshop Presentation
Klaipėda Drama Theatre, Small Hall; 6:30PM
Workshops led by: Tomasz Krzyżanowski, Tomasz Rodowicz
The CHOREA workshops are based on intensive actor training. The workshop aims to awaken the actor's organic nature for working with the body, dynamic movement, voice, musicality, rhythm, and at the same time applying these means of expression in one complete artistic action. The CHOREA methods have two main characteristics: intensity and risk – both physical, and stemming from the need to exceed human capabilities. The CHOREA workshops are not limited to technique and training. The workshops aim to bring out the creativity of the group and create an authentic and dynamic artistic vision that will be presented to viewers later on 21st June.
22nd June 2018
NOWY TEATR (Warsaw, Poland),
The Call Of Cthulhu
Klaipėda Drama Theatre, Grand Hall, 6:30PM
Direction: Michał Borczuch
The Apocalypse, staged by Michał Borczuch, was very well-received by the audience during the last edition of TheATRIUM. This year's festival will feature his performance called The Call Of Cthulhu, inspired by the short story by H.P. Lovecraft, the pioneer of global horror literature.
Michał Borczuch and Tomasz Śpiewak once again introduce literaturę to theatre. It seems they mean to emphasise that we live in times when it's best to reveal the state of humans through the world of fantasy and horror. It is not without reason that they chose this author, who is often underestimated in the world of literature. Lovecraft's bust is literaly placed on pedestal hight above the stage, and his name is written in yellow spray paint. No legends, no monuments – the creators of this performance are interested in a living person. All the monsters are inside him.
24nd June 2018
JULIUSZ SŁOWACKI THEATRE OF KRAKÓW (Kraków, Poland),
The House Of Sound
Klaipėda Drama Theatre, Grand Hall, 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00PM
Direction, music: Wojtek Blecharz
Wojtek Blecharz is one of the most intriguing contemporary Polish composers. The House Of Sound does not resemble a usual concert. It is the audience, supplied with 40 specially-designed instruments, that make the music under the direction of actors and musicians.
The House of Sound is a meeting place which allows the public to actively participate in the creation of the performance, while also individually listening to and contemplating the sounds. They can be both observers and active participants, and it's up to them how the elements of The House of Sound fit together and what will be audible on stage. No musical training necessary – just follow simple instructions and enjoy the sound.
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a co-organiser of the International Theatre Festival TheATRIUM in Klaipėda.
Source: press materials, compiled by PB, Jun 2018