|10 December 2015
||PSWT Theatre - 210 Stage|
Directed by:Wiktor Rubin
AuthorJolanta Janiczak, Joanna Krakowska, Magda Mosiewicz, Wiktor Rubin
ProductionTeatr Polski Bydgoszcz
The idea of this project is to present Tadeusz Kantor in the broader context of the avant-garde performance art of the 70s., particularly important now, in the period when this tradition is slowly fading while contemporary theater desperately seeks for new languages and lacks power of engagement.
The idea of Kantor Downtown was born out of the necessity to revive memory and re-enact, as Jack Smith put it, "rituals of Rented Island" in order to prove that the counter-culture of the 70s. and 80s. is our shared tradition beyond borders and political systems.
Thus, with Ellen Stewart on his right and Jack Smith on his left Tadeusz Kantor can focus tradition that not only cannot fall victim to cultural amnesia, but must become an inspiration for present and future quest for alternative, experimental, non-conformist art and theater.
In Kantor Downtown the figure of Tadeusz Kantor is incorporated into diversified, colorful, anarchist, subversive, queer, feminist tradition of Downtown performance of New York and appears on the stage as an artist involved in real and virtual dialogue with other artists. It challenges our memory and mind by providing both critical and nostalgic narration on Polish and American avant-garde theatre thanks to the significant contribution of American performers who were present on New York experimental stage in the 70s and 80s.
realization Jolanta Janiczak, Joanna Krakowska, Magda Mosiewicz, Wiktor Rubin
video cooperation Mikołaj Walenczykowski
stage manager Hanna Gruszczyńska
cast Grzegorz Artman, Marta Malikowska
special guests Penny Arcade, Lee Breuer, Linda Chapman, Citizen Reno, George Ferencz, Jill Godmilow, Barbara Hammer, Lola Pashalinski, Ozzie Rodriguez, Theodora Skipitares, Thomas Walker, Sylvia Palacios Whitman