11 – 17 July 2016, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Facilitator: Roman Siwulak
Maximum number of participants: 15
* To enrol in the workshops, buy a ticket online or at the box office no later than 7 July.
By purchasing a ticket a participant agrees to the terms and conditions which require a signed consent of all workshop participants.
The workshop participation fee is 120 PLN. The fee for each additional workshop will be reduced by 50% (60 PLN). The offer is also valid for participants of last year’s edition. For those aged 65 and older the workshops are free.
During this year’s edition of drama workshops we will be dealing with five notions included in the text by Tadeusz Kantor Confusing Concepts: imitation, copying, pretending, mock-up and wreckage. The text was published as part of the Autonomous Writings collection, included in Volume 2 of Writings – Theatre of Death 1975-84.
We will try to decipher the ‘confusing concepts’ and their functioning in Kantor’s theatre as well as in his art. We will make an attempt at our own interpretation of those notions and their use in theatre practice – in reference to acting and actor’s environment on stage. Costume, props, makeup and other stage objects will help us create situations in which the concepts will come to being in a spectacular way, i.e. on stage. We will examine what the concepts convey and how they are understood by individual participants. Our work will end in a form of show in front of an audience. The groundwork for the workshop will be a play by Alexander Blok The Fairground Booth. The play is a kind of ‘paper theatre’ in which everything is constructed of appearances; volatile, ephemeral elements of characters and decorations. It is also related to the concept of commedia dell’arte, which lies at the basis of contemporary theatre. In my opinion such revision of basic concepts which lie at the origin of contemporary theatre will be particularly useful today, in face of them losing their proper meaning.
born in 1952 in Krakow, painter, actor, educator, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, active in a variety of creative disciplines. From 1970 he was a member of Tadeusz Kantor’s Cricot 2 Theatre, taking part in all the Cricot 2 productions until 1992.
From 1994 to 2001 he cooperated with French theatres. He took part in performances: En passant based on Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and Barbe Bleue by Georg Trakl in Compagnie Singuliér (1994-98). In 1999 he ran workshops and directed a performance entitled Magellan in Théâtre du Radeau in Le Mans. In 2000, he participated in preparations for the production Mine of the Adequate Theatre in Le Mans and in 2001 he co-directed the play Les Clowns in the Circus Klotz theatre.
He was a lecturer at:
– Milano Scuola Dramatica di Paolo Grassi, producing a diploma performance based on Witkiewicz’s play They (Milan, 1993);
– Scuola Internazionale di Musicisti per il Teatro in Centro teatrale La Corte Ospitale, where he facilitated workshops (Rubiera, 2008);
– Conservatorio Vivaldi Instituto di Alta Formazione Musicale, where he also facilitated workshops (Alessandria, 2009);
– Centro Aggregativo Apollo 11 – Esquilino Young Orchestra. As part of an art/social programme aiming at cultural integration of immigrants, he organised workshops and a performance with children (Rome, 2010).
Since 2000, a member of the Italian group Orchestra Teatro di Moni Ovadia:
Il banchiere errante (2001), Il Violinista sul tetto, (2002), L’Armata la Cavallo (2005), Le storie del Signor Keuner (2006), Shylock Il Mercante Di Venezia
In Prova (2011). Linked to Italy though his work as a director and participation
in the performance Omaggio a Kantor at Mittelfest Festival in Cividale in 2005 and in the production for the Festival della Mente in Sarzana in 2008.
His paintings were displayed in solo shows in the Krzysztofory Gallery, Otwarta Pracownia in Krakow, Foksal Gallery in Warsaw as well as in collective exhibitions including: Polish Avant-Garde from 1910 to 1978 in Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome, 1979), Fifth Exhibition of the Collection of the Małopolska Foundation for the Contemporary Art Museum in Cricoteka (Krakow, 2008) and the exhibition in the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (2012).