Day 7: divine emotions

10 December 2015

Today is an extremely exciting day, full of stimulating contrasts.
We started before noon with an accompanying event: PEREGRINUS, a wandering street show by KTO theatre, which juxtaposed a vision of the consumptionist world with the commercial space of Bonarka City Centre.
Contest performances set off with "Morphine" directed by Ewelina Marciniak. The production, linking elements of slapstick comedy and vaudeville, is based on Sczepan Twardoch's award-winning novel. It juxtaposes identity problems with the trauma of the Second World War, and is accompanied by live music played by Chłopcy Kontra Basia.
The second contest performance was "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" directed by Grzegorz Wiśniewski, in which psychological confrontations set in a claustrophobic space are counterpointed by Mickey Mouse cartoons.
Our festival paradise (PARADISO: Young Artists section) opened its pearly gates twice for Anna Karasińska and her "Ewelina's Crying," in which an unusual theatrical situation is created. The actors try to play themselves and simultanously confront their image in other people's eyes.
The day ended with "Kantor Downtown" - a project conducted by Jolanta Janiczak, Joanna Krakowska, Magda Mosiewicz and Wiktor Rubin. On the 100th anniversary of Tadeusz Kantor's birth, and 36 years after his "The Dead Class"  at La MaMa theatre in New York, they travelled to the US in order to conduct interviews with avant garde leaders of the era, who expressed their admiration for Kantor's genius. The showing at 9:00 p.m. was a special festival event. The project is still hot-of-the-press - just two weeks after its premiere.