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The festival will be comprised of six sections, comprising plays, workshops, debates, meetings, concerts, film screenings and exhibitions. All in all, the city will host over 70 plays and 130 [...]
The festival will be comprised of six sections, comprising plays, workshops, debates, meetings, concerts, film screenings and exhibitions. All in all, the city will host over 70 plays and 130 events connected with theatre.
The programme of the 7th edition of the Theatre Olympics, organised by the Grotowski Institute, is filled with plays by inspiration directors such as Eugenio Barba, Peter Brook, Romeo Castellucci, Pippo Delbono, Jan Fabre, Valery Fokin, Heiner Goebbels, Liu Libin, Krystian Lupa, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Tadashi Suzuki, Theodoros Terzopoulos and Robert Wilson.
Want to know more? Check out the official Wroclaw 2016 press release below for further details:
The Theatre Olympics is an international theatre festival, presenting the achievements of the most outstanding authors from all over the world. Its main goal is to restore the significance of contemporary theatre. The idea for the festival was proposed by Theodoros Terzopoulos, who together with the Founders’ Committee established the Theatre Olympics in 1993 in Delphi. To date, six editions took place, and each one had a different motto: Among the cities that organised the festival were: Delphi (1995, “Tragedy”), Shizuoka (1999, “Creating Hope”), Moscow (2001, “Theatre for the People”), Istanbul (2006, “Beyo++AAZ+ndAA Borders”), Seoul (2010, “Sarang. Love and Humanity”) and Beijing (2014, “Dream”).
During one of the press conferences, Theodoros Terzopoulos himself expressed his joy caused by the fact that this year’s Theatre Olympics will take place in Wrocław: “There are many theatre festivals in the world, but they all have a similar form. It is simply what happens with everything in the contemporary world, diversity and cultural richness disappear. The Theatre Olympics is more than just a festival, as we use it to present not only the best plays but also what the grand masters of the 20th-century theatre managed to achieve, as well as the most individual and culturally diversified aspects. I am very happy that this time, the Theatre Olympics will come to Wrocław, the city I have been coming to for the past several years and seeing it turn from a city of culture into a European city of culture.” According to Terzopoulos, the face of the contemporary theatre, its functions, goals and the future bring many questions. This is why the 7th edition of the Theatre Olympics is supposed to encourage the freedom of expression, defends the significance of the tradition, as well as supports the need for searching and experimentation on the stage.
Currently, the International Committee of Theatre Olympics, led by Theodoros Terzopoulos is made up of: Tadashi Suzuki, Robert Wilson, Wole Soyinka, Tony Harrison, Ratan Tiyam, Nuria Espert, Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, Georges Lavaudant, Antunes Filho, Jürgen Flimm, Choi Chy-Rim, Walerij Fokin, Liu Libin and Jarosław Fret.
The latter – the founder and leader of ZAR Theatre, director of the Grotowski Institute, lecturer at the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Krakow, Branch in Wrocław, president of the Curators’ Council and curator of theatre of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 – is responsible for the artistic content of the 7th Theatre Olympics. Thanks to his efforts, we will have the opportunity to host the Theatre Olympics in Wrocław. As the Mayor of Wrocław, Rafał Dutkiewicz said: “It is going to be one of the greatest theatre events in the history of Wrocław and one of the most important events in the programme of the European Capital of Culture 2016.”
The motto of the 7th edition of the Theatre Olympics will be “The World as a Place for Truth”, paraphrasing the title of a text by Jerzy Grotowski, read in 1976 and published three years later, in which the founder of the Laboratory Theatre tried to convince everyone: “We are entering the world just to pass through it. We are being put to the test of the world, that is the place for truth. Anyway, the world should be the place for truth”.
The programme of the 2016 Theatre Olympics includes:
• the Main Section (14 October – 13 November 2016)
• Lower Silesian Theatre Platform (15–19 October 2016)
• More than Theatre (22–27 October)
• Dziady Recycling Festival (27 October – 4 November)
• Eastern Line (7–13 November)
• the events of the Grotowski Institute’s programme (15 October – 11 November)
Among the artists invited to present their work as part of the Main Section are: Eugenio Barba, Peter Brook, Romeo Castellucci, Pippo Delbono, Jan Fabre, Walerij Fokin, Heiner Goebbels, Liu Libin, Krystian Lupa, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Tadashi Suzuki, Theodoros Terzopoulos and Robert Wilson, who will bring both their acclaimed work as well as premiere performances and co-productions created especially for the European Capital of Culture. The Main Section will feature 16 theatre productions. In addition, invited directors will give talks on their artistic credos and take part in conversations with researchers, co-creators and artists from Poland and abroad, discussing the ideas that drive their work, as part of The Truth and Nothing but the Truthseries. The performances are spread over four weeks, making up the autumn season. The festival will be inaugurated by The Trojan Women – a legendary play by Tadashi Suzuki
Plays of the Main Section:
The formula of the Theatre Olympics will be expanded with new themes and motifs centred around the key idea of meeting the most outstanding creators of the European theatre of three generations at the turn of the 20th and 21st century, which will be raised during a series of discussions titled “Landscape Now”, organised by Prof. Maria Shevtsova, Prof. Dariusz Kosiński and Prof. Georges Banu – a series of meetings devoted to great figures and theatre traditions of the 20th century: “The Age of Meyerhold”, featuring Valery Fokin and others, “Five Continents of Theatre” with Eugenio Barba and Nicola Savarese, as well as a meeting devoted to Heiner Müller and the book by Theodoros Terzopoulos The Return of Dionysus. Because intergenerational dialogue is one of the principles of the Theatre Olympics, workshops for actors and directors will also take place during the festival. Thanks to the collaboration with the International Association of Theatre Critics, workshops for young critics from Poland and all over the world will also be organised.
The Theatre Olympics will start with the celebration of theatre in Wrocław and Lower Silesia, with a variety of genres – the Lower Silesian Theatre Platform. Over the course of five days – starting from the 15th of October – all stages and venues of Wrocław will host 36 plays from Bielawa, Legnica, Wałbrzych, Jelenia Góra and Wrocław. The programme will feature propositions for children and adults, repertoire plays and productions by independent theatres. There will also be no shortage of circus shows, open-air performances and music projects. The price of a pass for a selected section is 20.16 PLN.
The More Than Theatre section (22-27 October) will focus on artistic and social problems connected with art, faced by persons with disabilities, with special focus being placed on theatre and performing arts. The plays will be presented by: Compagnie de l’Oiseau-Mouche (France), 21 Theatre, CHOREA Theatre, Rafał Urbacki and Anu Czerwiński (Poland), Monster Truck (Germany), VerTeDance and Teatr Archa (Czech Republic). The programme will be complemented with an exhibition of photographs by Jan Rosołowski, a concert by Na Górze and a series of meetings titled “Breakfast in the process”, the goal of which is to popularise the often marginalised artistic phenomena, as well as exchanging experiences between Polish and international authors and opening space for deep reflection upon the working methods in various teams.
The Dziady Recycling Festival (27 October – 4 November) refers to the sources of Polish theatre and covers the presentation of Forefathers’ Eve by Mickiewicz, as well as remixes of historical realisations (from Grotowski and Białoszewski, through Dejmek and Swiniarski, to Konwicki). The rituals connected with the cult of our ancestors, presented live through a one-night conference/performance by Guicheney, will recall many cultural contexts: from Belarusian Radaunica to the Afroamerican vodou and candomblé cults. The presentations will be accompanied by debates, concerts, film screenings, exhibitions and publications. Prof. Leszek Kolankiewicz is the scientific director of the festival.
Eastern Line (7–13 November) comprises presentations of young, independent theatre from Eastern and Central Europe, taking into consideration the diversity of the language of the theatre, presented by the groups. Eastern Line is a festival, which builds upon the idea of the Third Theatre, criticising the institutional theatre, as well as the past avant-garde. It is a way to defend the theatre culture from show-oriented culture. The plays will be presented by: Studium Teatralne, CHOREA Theatre, Porywacze Ciał Theatre, Kana Theatre, Song of the Goat Theatre, ZAR Theatre (Poland), Nini Julia Bang (Denmark), Farma v jeskyni (Czech Republic), ProFitArt (Slovakia), Zero Point Theatre Group (Greece), PLAVO pozorište (Serbia).
During the Olympics, we will also see artists connected with the Grotowski Institute: The Dramatic Theatre from Warsaw will present the Happy Days featuring Maja Komorowska and Adam Ferency, Alexandra Kazazou will come to Wrocław with Insenso, a play devoted to Melina Mercouri, we will also see an adaptation of Lear by Roberto Bacci and the Muzzle of Silence by the Iranian group Aftab. A meeting with Ludwik Flaszen, co-creator of the Laboratory Theatre, was also planned.
Organiser: Jerzy Grotowski Institute
Find out more: www.theatreolympics2016.pl
Admission paid, selected events are free
October 14 (Friday) - November 11 (Friday)
The choice of Wrocław as the venue for the European Festival of Glass “Play with Glass” was not accidental. The history of glass in Poland is closely connected with the [...]
The choice of Wrocław as the venue for the European Festival of Glass “Play with Glass” was not accidental. The history of glass in Poland is closely connected with the area of Lower Silesia – glassworks were created here in the Middle Ages. It is also at the E. Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław that Poland’s only Department of Ceramics and Glass has been operating since 1946. And it is in Lower Silesia: in Wrocław, Jelenia Góra, and Kłodzko, that there are museum collections of historic and contemporary glass, and just 100 km from Wrocław the world famous Studio Borowski is located.
The uniqueness of the festival stems from the subject it relates to. In Polish art, glass is completely ignored. Objects made of glass or using glass in their creation are not displayed at exhibitions, and do not appear in art auctions, or museums or private collections. At the same time, in European and world art, glass is a material which prominent artists working in a variety of artistic techniques look to. They create extraordinary works: images, sculptures, installations and videos, architectural objects, and design. Just such works are presented at the festival’s main exhibition, with a different theme each year, and at accompanying exhibitions.
The artists participating in the main exhibition of the European Festival of Glass “Play with Glass” represent 3 generations. This is because we want to show that the changes in contemporary art also apply to glass. The static block has been replaced by the dynamic object, the installation, and the multimedia presentation. The prominent contemporary artists using glass as the material for their work, rarely “sculpt”, as do Peter Bremers of the Netherlands and Latchezar Boyadjiev from Bulgaria, currently residing in the USA. They yank it, pull it, combine it with other materials, and their work is often documented on video. This dynamic method of creation is represented most fully by Maria Bang Espersen, a Danish artist who, after last year’s success in Coburg, where she received the Coburg Glaspreis Special Jury Prize 2014 and this year’s award in the “Talent” category granted by the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation, entered the “salons” of European and global glass as a star.
As participants in the main exhibitions we have invited both artists/experimenters looking for new and original forms of using glass in their art, such as Emma Woffenden from the UK, and also prominent “artisans”, who have worked consistently throughout their artistic lives using the same technique, such as Petr Stacho, who create stunning works of form and colour.
The festival also hosts an international seminar devoted to European art glass and the Debut exhibition. Other events include the Glass Display Case project, an Open House at the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, a Studio Open House for glass artists from Wrocław and Lower Silesia, Wrocław – A Microcosmos of Events – art workshops for “difficult young people” and families with children, a walk through Wrocław on the “glass architecture route”, a Glass Bus. The European Festival of Glass is Poland’s first professionally prepared presentation of European art glass. We hope, as its originators and organizers, that it will soon become one of the most important art glass-related events in Europe.
Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Eugeniusza Gepperta we Wrocławiu – Centrum Sztuk Użytkowych. Centrum Innowacyjności, ul. Generała Romualda Traugutta 19
Curators: Anita Bialic, prof. Kazimierz Pawlak
Organizers: Fundacja Fly with Art, Galeria BB
Co-organizers: Europejska Stolica Kultury Wrocław 2016
Partners: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Eugeniusza Gepperta we Wrocławiu, Związek Polskich Artystów Plastyków Okręg Wrocławski
October 15 (Saturday) - November 10 (Thursday)