The Warszawa Centralna festival is dedicated to tackling major issues in contemporary society through music and performance. This year's edition centres around the theme of Migrations, presenting universal symbols and messages through a variety of media and forms of expression from directors and troupes from all over Europe - presenting a most contemporary perspective on art, culture, history, legacy, memory, perception and storytelling...
The Warszawa Centralna festival is dedicated to tackling major issues in contemporary society through music and performance
Warszawa Centralna is a bi-annual international theatrical event organized by the Dramatic Theatre
in Warsaw as an interdisciplinary project presenting a wide range of theatre and performing arts. The interdisciplinary character of productions ensure the unique character of the project. This year's edition centres around the theme of Migrations, presenting universal symbols and messages through a variety of media and forms of expression.
The festival opened with the Palace of Culture and Science's own Dramatyczny Theatre performing Place Apokalipsa, which deals with history as a collective memory and memory as an individual perception of history. Directed by Michael Marmarinos, it is a guide to that memory, flesh, society and politics is rooted in Plato's The State and the novel Minor Apocalypse by Tadeusz Konwicki
. Banned by the communist regime, Minor Apocalypse is one of the most important novels of 20th century Polish literature. It's the story of an anonymous protagonist 'chosen' by fate for self-immolation at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw. Michael Marmarinos sets his experiment in this very building and at the Parade Square (Plac Defilad) just next to it - a space of lesser particularity, and more conducive to collective experience. The director concentrates on the private life of a human being, an actor, a Warsaw citizen, and therefore makes history visible and tangible. A choir - the collective body - is the society's subconscious and plays an important part in the performance. It imparts the viewer with collective life codes on the rules of nature, society, history and politics.
On the 21st Dorky Park from Berlin presents Hell on Earth!. It is a story about maturation, about dreams and hopes common to all human beings. It is also a tale of discrimination and local limitations. The production tells everyday stories through live performance, film, classical dance, break dance, ethno-disco and live music. On the 22nd Christian Garcia, from Lausanne, along with performers from Berlin, Paris and Warsaw, commandeer the music of Chopin
, bringing on a new viewpoint on the composer's music with new arrangements and a completely different narrative. Chopin, his life and illness, are confronted with the tragic biography of Pink Floyd co-founder and guitarist Syd Barrett. The artists transform Chopin's music and together create a piece of work the composer had never created - the opera Glissando - B000m. On the 26th of October Adrian Walter's (France) Pandora Box - Paderewski journeys through the life and art of Ignacy Jan Paderewski
, toughing upon immigration, exile, family secrets, the search for one's roots and their discovery. All this to create an intimate theatre of storytelling - theatre as a confession.
Tel Aviv's Tmuna Theatre wraps the festival over the weekend of the 29th with Adam Geist, a theatre manifesto of the young generation and a critical outlook on modern society. The political sensitivity and imagination of the German playwright Dea Loher meet with Israeli reality. Cultures, beliefs, nationalities and languages clash on stage. Performances on October 29 & 30. On the 31 Munich's Münchner Kammerspiele performs Blue, White, Red, based on the screenplays of Krzysztof Kieślowski
and Krzysztof Piesiewicz. The various protagonists of Three Colours are brought together by fate. There's the widow of a distinguished composer trying to free herself from prior lies as well as the past, a loser from Poland during the political transformation, a model on the brink of maturity and an experienced and bitter retired judge. This outstanding Dutch director once again uses a script by Kieślowski and Piesiewicz (he previously directed The Decalogue). Simons does not intend to compete with the cinema. He uses Kieślowski's film to reestablish theatre's primary function - the ability to tell universal truths through the lives of individuals. The stories of the protagonists expose the archetypes of human condition and emotions.
Over the duration of the festival, Aernout Mik and a group of artists have created an installation in the foyer of the festival hall, projecting responses from 500 different artists on "the common experience". The experiment uses the space and symbology of the Palace of Culture and Science as a sign of the previous system - a totem of the tribe that used to rule and suddenly just gone away - but their language in the common space has remained, changing its meaning in the new reality. Mik's experiment is about common memory and the status of the place. The installation is on view every evening from 17:00-19:00. The festival is also accompanied by a number of concerts, lectures, discussions and debates.
For more information, see www.warszawa-centralna.eu