Workshops with Ludmiła Ryba

Secret Dealings With A Dybbuk And A Suitcase
17–28 June 2015, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM


Facilitator: Ludmiła Ryba
Capacity limit: 12 participants
Work-in-progress show – open hours: June 28, from 4 p.m.

Download the application form and send it to writing the name of workshop facilitator in the e-mail subject line. Deadline for the applications: closed.



Theatre – I still believe – is a place which reveals traces of a ‘passageway’ from ‘the other side’ to our life, as if they were some secret ways to ford a river.


Let us be careful, however, and not believe those who for these metaphysical reasons offer us bleak pathos, pretentious gestures of different types of shamans and ‘gurus’.

Bright circus-like character, irony, sarcasm, and sense of humor constitute the human side  of metaphysics.

Tadeusz Kantor




The workshops will mainly include exercises, études  and stage improvisations, aimed at a better understanding of the particular theatrical methods of Tadeusz Kantor.

An actor is not burdened with a part to play but with objects – inseparable companions of his journey through the theatrical space. An actor does not perform a part but, according to Kantor, is ‘inhabited’ by a dybbuk of sorts, a character from ‘the other side’, from the dead past.

But who will these dybbuks ‘sneaking into’ living actors be? What will they have to say with their fragmented memory? This is what we will also try to address in our workshop research…

In the years 1994 – 2007 Ludmiła Ryba collaborated with the Compagnie du Singulier theatre founded by Marie Vayssière, also a former Cricot actress.


The workshop will take place as well in the Theatre Institute in Warsaw (1 – 10 July 2015). For more information visit


The final show


Cricot 2 Theatre’s actress and Tadeusz Kantor’s interpreter from 1979 and 1992. She performed in Tadeusz Kantor’s productions Wielopole, WielopoleMachine of Love and DeathI Shall Never Return and Today Is My Birthday. Tadeusz Kantor’s interpreter during his drama workshops in Milan (Civica Scuola d’Arte Drammatica, 1986), and then his assistant during workshops in Avignon (1990). She worked with Roman Siwulak during his workshops in Civica Scuola d’Arte Drammatica (Milan, 1992) and the performance Magellan in La Fonderie (Le Mans, France, 1996).
Ran drama workshops with e.g. Mises en Scène group (Avignon, 2000), in the Centre for Performance Research (Aberystwyth, UK, 2002), at the Department of Theater at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in collaboration with Prof. Michał Kobiałka (1998, 2000), in Città del Teatro di Cascina (Pisa, 2008), in CIFAS (Brussels, 2009), at Brown University (Providence, USA, 2010), with the Brazilian theatre group Compania Antropofagica (Sao Paulo, 2010 and 2012), with Marie Vayssière in the Krzysztofory Gallery (Krakow, 2008) and also in Cricoteka (Krakow, 2012). She directed The Dybbuk based on the play by S. An-sky (2004), Notes of the Black Bird – texts by Franz Kafka, Aeschylus and Dante (2007) and Mystery Bouffe  by V. Mayakovsky (2013).  Outside the theatre she also translates Polish literature into Italian.