Stefan Żeromski Theatre in Kielce
It is one of the oldest theaters in Poland existing since 1879. In 1945 the inauguration ceremony of Theatre of Kielce Voivodeship took place and permanent acting ensemble was established. For the last 23 years the theater had been managed by Piotr Szczerski, theatre director from Kraków. Thanks to his policy of conducting the theater – repertoire diversity, openness to the avant-garde and the young, talented artists – Kielce drama scene has become a place where phenomena important for the Polish theatre, and moreover, noticed and appreciated in the world, take place. Writing texts on request and for specific actors is practiced in the theatre. Excellent team of young well-integrated, talented people and a bit older experienced actors is appreciated not only by the jury of festivals to which the Theater has been going to almost continuously for several years, but also by the people who cooperate with it.
Helena Modjeska Theatre in Legnica
Polish theatre in Legnica was founded in 1977. The theatre was named after Helena Modjeska in 1999. Since 1995, Jacek Głomb has been managing the place. The theatre consequently realizes idea of combining artistic activities with the city space – shows are presented not only in historic theatre building but also in the old interiors of factory halls, restaurants and shops. The fruit of this concept are famous and prize-winning shows as Coriolanus (1998), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (2001), Othello (2006) and other contemporary plays written especially for Helena Modjeska Theatre and inspired by local and authentic stories: Ballada o Zakaczewiu (2000), Made in Poland (2004), III Furies (2010). Seven of Legnica shows were televised. The theatre presented its shows in Poland and abroad, not only in Europe (f.eg. Fringe Festival in Edinburgh), but also in Russia, USA, Argentina and Turkey. Modjeska theatre produces unique educational project and other cultural initiatives. In 2012, they started the Theatre of stories project which was meant to be an alternative for homogenous contemporary theatre. The manifesto which announced the initiative caused an intensive discussion about Polish culture and theatre. Distinguished artists as Piotr Cieplak, Piotr Tomaszuk, Ondrej Spišák and Lech Raczak declared their access to the project.
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow
The theatre has been continuously staging plays since 1893. It is one of the most famous and distiguished Polish theatre scenes. The edifice, designed by Jan Zawiejski, is ranked among the most valuable monuments of theatre architecture in Europe. There is an inscription of its façade: “Kraków for the National Arts”. Interiors are decorated with and the famed curtain by Henryk Siemiradzki. There is an antique wardrobe of the famous actor Ludwik Solski next to the stage. The legendary Theatre started to fulfill its role as a national theatre just at the turn of 19th and 20th centuries. It was a birthplace of Polish modern theatre direction, stage design, staging and the acting profession. Juliusz Słowacki Theatre has continuously been playing a unique role in cultural landscape of Kraków. It stages important, high quality plays which vividly comment the present days but also creatively allude to Polish and European tradition
Teatr Ludowy is one of the youngest theatres in Cracow. The theatre opened in 1955 with a premiere of Krakowiacy i górale by Wojciech Bogusławski. Since 2017 the theatre is managed by Małgorzata Bogajewska. The theatre specializes in contemporary dram, modern re-interpretations of classics and well-made plays.
Laznia Nowa Theatre
Łaźnia Nowa is an actively operating Cracow theatre, located in a renovated postindustrial space of former workshop halls of the communist School of Mechanics in Nowa Huta. In the ten years of its existence, the theatre has become a recognised trademark in Polish theatre. It initiated a number of popular festivals, such as Genius Loci Theatre Festival, the Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival and Mrożek Festival. Łaźnia Nowa does not have fixed cast and its productions follow the practice of inviting various actors and directors to cooperate. Both recognised and budding theatre artists find here excellent conditions to produce their work. To date, the theatre has hosted productions prepared by artists such as Michał Borczuch, Łukasz Czuj, Iga Gańczarczyk, Paweł Kamza, Marcin Liber, Paweł Passini, Wiktor Rubin, Monika Strzępka, Marcin Wierzchowski, Paweł Świątek, Weronika Szczawińska and Michał Zadara.
Between 2005 and 2015, Łaźnia Nowa theatre produced more than 40 shows, both independently and in co-production with other institutions such as Jerzy Szaniawski Theatre in Wałbrzych, Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin, Dramatic Theatre of the Capital City of Warsaw, Montownia Theatre and Imka Theatre. Łaźnia Nowa’s productions successfully participate in numerous theatre festivals, such as the Interpretations National Directing Art Festival in Katowice, R@port Festival of Polish Contemporary Arts, Premiere Festival in Bydgoszcz, Theatrical Whims in Wałbrzych and Gliwice Theatre Meetings Festival. They are also regularly shown abroad, for instance in Berlin, Madrid, Mexico City and Singapore. The unusual space of Łaźnia Nowa theatre (there are two stages with auditoriums of up to several hundreds spectators, as well as a spacious foyer) attracts the best productions from Europe. Recently, the theatre hosted controversial Kamp by the Dutch Hotel Modern theatre group and Hedge Knights by the machina eX collective from Berlin. On regular basis, rock concerts by leading artists from Poland and abroad take place here. The rich artistic offer of Łaźnia Nowa proves wrong all those who like to believe the worst about the district of Nowa Huta and complain that nothing can be done here. Determination and firm faith in the power of human creativity allowed the theatre to become rooted in the local landscape, to gain regular audience and be hopeful about the future.
Teatr Nowy Proxima in Krakow
The Stanisław Wyspiański Teatr Śląski in Katowice
The Stanisław Wyspiański Śląski Theatre in Katowice is the biggest and the most important theatre stage in Upper Silesia. It presents Polish and world literature output, classic and contemporary. In a season the audience can choose among more than 30 propositions: spectacles, concerts, debates, exhibitions, workshops or meetings. In Katowice takes place cycle Europa in Śląski and during it their performances show best artists from European stages. Katowice theatre is also co-organizer of All-Poland Festival of Directors’ Art "Interpretations", Festival of the New Stage Design or Silesian Laboratory of Theatre Pedadogy.
Teatr Polski in Warsaw
Nowy Teatr is created by Krzysztof Warlikowski and a group of his regular collaborators. The main goal, which behind the concept of this place, is communication and creating a meaningful dialogue with the audience. This dialogue can be based on an understanding or it can start with a provocation that changes the routine way of thinking. Nowy Teatr seeks to expand the area of dialogue with the audience not confining itself to theater performances alone. It aims to be a place for a whole new artistic situation. An area free for artists and curators to create a space defined by innovative people.
STUDIO Theatre Gallery is a place for inventive experiments conducted by artists representing various artistic domains. With reference to its avant-garde tradition and with Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz as its patron, STUDIO will establish a space for free speech where different disciplines of art. will interpenetrate: theatre, visual arts, music, film. In accordance with the thoughts of the Theory of Pure Form author, the invited artists will have an opportunity to carry out aesthetic experiments. STUDIO does not establish a programme, but a PLACE, where one can think differently than in the reality programmed by politicians and advertisement agents. STUDIO aims at changing this reality. The starting point for us will be the question concerning the future of artistic theatre in Poland and Europe and, more precisely, how can it defend its position in current social, economic and political situation. STUDIO is an open and democratic space with no privileges. The same principles apply to everyone. Everyone is free to choose the topics and artistic means. It is the concept, not convention that matters. There is no place for stardom, but for partnership. The STUDIO actor is a mindful artist whose role in the performance does not limit to being an element of the staging. The practical realisation of the Theatre Gallery idea will be a permanent set on one of the stages, inaugurated by an art. show. Thus, the stage design will automatically become a work of art. exhibited in the theatre space. Several directors will be working there. In the 2016/2017 season, the "Izolatka" project, on the Modelatornia stage, was realized by Mikołaj Grospierre and Olga Mokrzycka Grospierre. This season STUDIO has invited Daniel Buren to participate the project. On September the 9th Daniel Buren personally opened his Work In Situ in STUDIO Theatre Gallery.
Alojzy Smolka Opole Puppet and Actor Theatre
The theatre was founded in 1937. It’s named after Alojzy Smolka, a famous puppeteer, director and actor. The repertoire is composed of classical plays, fables and other original shows. The theatre is managed by Krstian Kobyłka.
Komuna Warszawa is one of the most important independent avant-garde theatres in Poland, experimenting at the borders of performing arts, video-installation and music. In its original text-based works, Komuna Warszawa explores key issues of the contemporary world, ceaselessly seeking new forms and means of expression. Komuna Warszawa has taken part in some of the most important festivals in Poland and the world, performing at such venues as La MaMa in New York City, HAU in Berlin or 104Centquatre in Paris. Komuna Warszawa is also a production house where different art worlds meet – Komuna has produced performances by both mainstream theatre artists (Grzegorz Jarzyna, Monika Strzępka and Paweł Demirski, Michał Borczuch, Markus Öhrn) and by rising stars of the Polish dance and performative scene (Marta Ziółek, Paweł Sakowicz, Iza Szostak, Ania Nowak, Cezary Tomaszewski). Komuna Warszawa co-operates with curators for the performing arts and music sector, the result being interesting projects dedicated to one specific issue, e.g. We, the Bourgeois, The Future or the ongoing series Pre-war/War/Post-war and Musicals. Musicals. One of the most important projects to generate critical acclaim and audience interest was the pioneering attempt at an “archaeology” of performing arts known as RE// MIX. Over a period of four years created performances in direct response to past masterpieces of performing arts avant-garde. A hit of the 2016–2017 Warsaw theatre scene was a series titled MicroTheatres: performances by various artists of no more than 16 minutes with at most four participants, using no more than four lights, two microphones and one projector. As a result, as many as 16 microshows were created, which addressed such issues as the nature of theatre, at the same time struggling with formal and financial limitations. Komuna Warszawa is also an important venue for theatre performances, as well as performance art pieces, lectures, film and video-art screenings, concerts and discussions.
In English, we call the Slovensko mladinsko gledališče – which literally translated means Slovenian Youth Theatre – the Mladinsko Theatre. It carries its history in its name. And at the same time surpasses it. MLADINSKO. For or of youth. The Mladinsko Theatre was established in 1955 as the first professional theatre for children and youth in Slovenia. In the first twenty-five years, it created for them. But it never underestimated its young audience. Since the very beginning, it has tackled heavy topics, like the Holocaust, coming of age, love in the times of revolution ... And then around 1980, it took a new step and deliberately expanded its programme, in which it linked – and continues to link – political criticism and
provocativeness with innovative performative procedures and fresh poetics, to attract the audiences of all ages. MLADINSKO IS NOT ONLY FOR THE YOUNG.
SLOVENIAN. Mladinsko’s home is in Ljubljana. The house in which we conceive, create, study, play is here. Yet, we are an organism in constant movement, as we perform a significant portion of our performances on tour. From the very early days in Slovenia and (then) Yugoslavia, but at least since the early 1980s, we’ve been firmly embedded into the theatre landscape of Europe and, since the 1990s, also South America and other continents. In over forty countries around the world, our versatile ensemble, capable of extraordinary transformations, has left an indelible impression, as it is full of actors who can tackle music, choreography or psychological challenges and do not abide to a hierarchy or a star system, but support
each other to become a fine-tuned whole. MLADINSKO IS NOT JUST SLOVENIAN.
THEATRE. We are a theatre. But we expect more than just “watching” from our spectators, we try to engage them into a dialogue and make them active participants. We create performances. But we don’t create in a vacuum. We critically observe our society, comment on it and strive to shape it. Mladinsko is a theatre organism that tries to penetrate into the public space from the stage, so that for us, the public space becomes an equal space for performance. MLADINSKO IS NOT JUST A THEATRE.
AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow
National Academy of Theatre Arts was formed in 1946. AST runs one season of master studies leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Acting Department and the Drama Directing Department in Krakow, the Acting Department and the Puppetry Department in Wroclaw, and the Department of Dance Theater in Bytom. It is a national academy and it has the authority to issue the following types academic degrees: Doctorate, Habilitation and Professor of Theatre Arts. Direct supervision of the AST falls to The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The School has professionally equipped stages in Krakow (St. Wyspiański Stage, Stage 210, Classical Stage) and Wroclaw.
Paweł Sakowicz is a choreographer and dancer. He graduated from the University of Warsaw with a degree in political studies and holds an MA in performance and choreography from the London Contemporary Dance School. He has collaborated with Ramona Nagabczyńska, Marta Ziółek, Iza Szostak, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Rebecca Lazier, Isabelle Schad, Peter Pleyer, Joanna Leśnierowska, Magda Szpecht, and Anna Smolar. For a few years, he has been working with artists and curators in Warsaw, London and Berlin.
In the summer of 2013, Paweł was a resident at Berlin’s Uferstudios, where he started to work on a solo inspired by Thomas Bernhard’s language. Bernhard premiered at the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw in June 2014. The piece was selected to be presented at the Polish Dance Platform 2014. In 2015, Sakowicz was an artist in residence at the Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk (as part of the Solo Project Plus 2015). In December 2015, he presented TOTAL, a piece that problematizes the issues of virtuosity and examines speculation as a potential choreographic tool. The piece was selected to be presented at the Polish Dance Platform 2017. In 2017, he was developing another solo work: JUMPCORE was premiered in December 2017 in Lublin (MAAT Festival) and Warsaw (Studio Theatre). Currently, Paweł is working on two new pieces at Nowy Teatr in Warsaw: Thriller (in collaboration with Anna Smolar) and MASAKRA (January 2019).
Sakowicz’s artistic development was supported by a scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, a residency programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw, by the Alternative Dance Academy of the Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, and by the Centre National de la Danse in Paris. He collaborated as choreographer with Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, Studio Theatre in Warsaw, the Szaniawski Theatre in Wałbrzych, Polski Theatre in Poznań, Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz, and Lithuanian National Drama Theatre in Vilnius. Paweł was the curator of two editions of the dance education program Poruszyciele#Wałbrzych. He was awarded for the choreography („Schubert” directed by Magda Szpecht) at the National Competition for the Polish Contemporary Play Staging. He was nominated for the 2016 Polityka Passport Award. 2017 danceWEB scholarship holder.
TR Warszawa is one of the most well-known theatres in Poland. It is considered to be a modern theatre open to new ideas, a theatre that cultivates the best theatrical traditions. Theatre’s high position in various rankings of young European theatres is confirmed by numerous awards won by the company at domestic and international festivals.
Teatr im. Juliusza Osterwy w Lublinie
The Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre
Established in 1781, The National Stary Theatre in Kraków is one of Poland’s oldest public theatres. Connected to the stage are the names of eminent directors, including Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Grotowski, Zygmunt Hübner, Konrad Swinarski, Jerzy Jarocki, Jerzy Grzegorzewski, Krystian Lupa and Andrzej Wajda.
There are two program strands that mark out the repertoire of Stary: different, original takes on contemporary drama and theatre and reinterpretations of Polish and world classics, held under the brand of the re_wizje. Since 2009 the theatre is a member of a prestigious international network -Mitos21,European theatres collaboration network.
Burdąg Fundation and Center in Motion
Burdąg Foundation provides space for creation, facilitates research and exploration to recipients of current tendencies in performance art. Studio Burdąg operates under the legal entity of the Burdąg Foundation. Our studios are available for rent to organizers of all kinds of workshops, coachings and residencies. Studio Burdąg operates under the legal entity of the Burdąg Foundation. Its studios are available for rent to organizers of all kinds of workshops, coachings and residencies. Center in Motion is an association of choreographers. Is a proposal to build new opportunities for creative development. Centrum w Ruchu is meant to stimulate the development of the dance and performing arts community, to expand the visibility of these art forms in the cultural landscape of Warsaw.