Cloud Theater, a theatre group who embrace modern technology to produce a truly unique on-stage show, return to action here in Wrocław on Saturday with their latest production.
The group, who formed last year, see themselves as a "modern organization that harnesses artists of different media to create an artistic message".
In their own words, the theatre group "seek to condense the creative potential of the human and technological cloud and use it to distill a new means of artistic expression. The creator does not ignore the script but fills it with more meaning than a text version would ever contain. He begins work from a "formless hunch” (inspired by Peter Brook) and sees it as a journey from intuition to awareness."
Cloud Theater is spearheaded by Wroclaw based director Teo Dumski, an artist devoted to researching the acting techniques of Michael Chekhov in the light of psychological and spiritual teaching. A graduate of the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Wroclaw, Teo is the brains behind several renowned formal experiments, especially regarding the creative application of new technologies in theatre.
In their first spectacle Cloud Theater endeavoured to tell the story of the past – from the dawn of the Universe until today.
Their second production, “Tech is a Being”, was however very much a story of the future. The show depicted human fantasies by the elusive means of improvised live music, lighting and live directing.
Cloud Theater's 3rd production is now ready, and you can find all the info you need on the show via the official press release below:
Spectacular scenography drawn with light, transforming the main hall of the Museum before the audience’s eyes; 3D printing, live directing, sound experiments – that’s Don K., the theatrical installation created in cooperation between the Wroclaw National Museum and Cloud Theater to celebrate the Kościuszko Year.
Who is the main character of the installation? Joseph K.? Citizen Kane? Don Quixote? Who is the lonely man who travelled across the world a hundred times – on horseback, on foot and on his knees – in his quest for freedom for all people? He struggled with the inertia of progress, banishing himself into loneliness against the world, history, personal and national expectations, finally to face death, not only of his idea but his own.
Cloud Theater’s video-performers, actors and musicians, were inspired by the life of Tadeusz Kościuszko, a national hero in Poland and the USA, a military leader and a military engineer, who, as Supreme Commander, led the 1794 Kościuszko Uprising against Russia and Prussia. He took part in the American Revolutionary War. He was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson, whom he tried to convince that slavery needs to be abolished. His dreams came true many years after his death. With the use of cutting edge technologies, the artists created a present-day version of his legend.
– Kościuszko was far ahead of his times with his great dreams and not a bit lesser failures. Undoubtedly, he was one of the most courageous minds of his (and our?) times, who let himself be carried by the wind of history in the same way a man lets himself be carried away by love, utterly and irrevocably – explains Teo Dumski, the director.
– Our aim is to reach out to contemporary audiences, to familiarize them with Tadeusz Kościuszko, to transcend the established image of a hero on a horse perpetuated by Panorama Racławicka, to show the real person who turns out to be very close to our times in his views and pursuits – says Piotr Oszczanowski, director of the Wroclaw National Museum. We have entered into cooperation with Cloud Theater – a young, but already acknowledged theatre group, applying modern technologies in their work and eagerly engaging in experiments. We believe that through the application of new means of artistic communication we have a chance of awakening interest in the fascinating figure of Tadeusz Kościuszko.
Cloud Theater, combining traditional and digital means of expression, developed their own theatrical language. In Don K., this language will help the audience pass the boundary between reality and a world generated by technology. The boundaries demarked by the architecture of the Museum will also be broken – by the scenography drawn before the spectators’ eyes and projected from beamers in the space of the Museum hall. Live actors, 3D-printed characters, live directing and sound experiments will all contribute to creating a bustling – but elusive – museum exhibit.
Cloud Theater is an independent group of artists, founded in 2016 in Wrocław by Teo Dumski. The theater made an impressive start with its first production – The short Outline of Everything, presented and awarded at prestigious festivals (e.g. Boska Komedia in Kraków, CaFE Festival in Budapest, Studiobühne in Cologne or Belaya Vezha in Brest). At the 38. Stage Songs Review, the group presented a new premiere: Tech is a Being (nominated to Wrocław Theatrical Award (announcement of awards coming on 4 Dec). During the Belaya Vezha festival (Brest, Belarus), an international group of theatre critics awarded the performance with a prize for successfully searching for new forms in theater.
Directing: Teo Dumski
Cast: Teo Dumski, Magda Górnicka-Jottard, Sebastian Siepietowski, Jacek Tuńczyk Fedorowicz
Production: Wroclaw National Museum
Premiere: 2 Dec 2017, 7 and 9 pm
Next performance: 4 Dec, 5.30
Tickets can be purchased at the box office of Wroclaw National Museum
tel.: (71) 372 51 50 (51, 53), extension 333
Or via: [email protected]
Account number: 92 1050 1575 1000 0005 0269 5836
Price of tickets:
30 zł regular
20 zł concession