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Wyspiański Liberates

The great drama, the wonderful artists in interaction therewith, nearly the entire ensemble of the J. Słowacki Theatre in Krakow on its stage!

Wyspiański Liberates is a theatrical journey, a marathon, seven mini-projects, installations, concerts, creating a labyrinth of explorations around Stanisław Wyspiański's masterpiece – Liberation. It is a surprising, multi-faceted perspective on art, on the artist, on the times we happen to live and create in. What do we need to liberate ourselves from (and do we)? What should we liberate within ourselves?

Event outline:

ENTRANCE

/Alicja Patanowska's project/

Alicja Patanowska – a visual artist, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław and the Royal College of Art in London, a laureate of many prestigious awards (recently, e.g. The Charlotte Frazer Award 2014, and the finalist of InnovationRCA, Entrepreneur's Launchpad 2013) – will try to reinterpret in her installation the perspective on the edifice of the Słowacki Theatre. The building is somehow obvious, neat, as if frozen in time. How can one change its context and meaning through a small intervention that will restore the contemporary meaning of the concept of NATIONAL ART? When in the 19th century people said: 'Polish nation', they meant: 'freedom' and 'independence'. Today, the 'Polish nation' is more of a trap, exclusion of others and isolation. So is that what the inscription on the front means?

VESTIBULE

/Bartosza Szydłowski's project/

Special guest: Krystian Lupa

Discussion moderators: Piotr Augustyniak, Bartosz Szydłowski

Space: Małgorzata Szydłowska

Recording, editing: Przemysław Fik

A process, an invitation to a journey, readiness to confront what is ambiguous, what is contrary to the usual expectations. We are conversing in a dome – in 'the head' of the theatre. Closer to heaven, above the stucco work and the chandelier. We are in the space intersected by the vectors of metal beams, in raw, uncivilised space. How can one talk about Wyspiański today, about the role of an artist, about freedom and liberation...? How can one follow the course, and avoid being consumed and enslaved by the ease, the comfort and fulfilment? We are hiding at the very top, conspiring in whispers, entering this theatre from the other side.

CORRIDORS

/Jakub Roszkowski's project/

Director: Jakub Roszkowski

Cast: Dorota Godzic, Maciej Jackowski, Krzysztof Jędrysek, Sławomir Maciejewski

Wyspiański's Liberation is not only about Konrad and Masks, but also about the theatre that Konrad enters. It is a world that feels well-organised, familiar and safe. A world in which all the problems, doubts and real feelings are carefully hidden behind the costumes and theatrical sets. A world of clever monologues, grand gestures and existential problems – though not the real, piercing ones, but the self-generated, crafted ones, „played” for an audience equally beautifully clad in evening dresses and suits. It is a narrative conveyed by Muse, Karmazyn and Hołysz, President, Leader, Preacher, Primate and Speaker in Acts I and III of the Liberation. It is a very strong construction, resistant to destruction, and extremely tempting. Tempting on account of its stability, brilliance and freedom from any responsibility. Or so it seems.

AUDITORIUM

/Remigiusz Brzyk's project/

Director: Remigiusz Brzyk

Dramaturgy: Adrianna Alksnin, Klaudia Wójciak, Ewa Mikuła

Featuring excerpts from Diana Poskuta-Włodek’s publication

Cast: Hanna Bieluszko, Lidia Bogaczówna, Natalia Strzelecka, Tadeusz Zięba, Tomasz Wysocki, Feliks Szajnert, Wojciech Skibiński

The main character in the project based on Stanisław Wyspiański's Liberation is the stage of the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow; the stage where Polish modern theatre was born, the stage where the revolution in acting methods, use of scenography and lighting, but most of all, a revolution in repertoire took place. The authors of the project use archival materials to explore the founding myth of today's Grand Stage of our theatre to improve their understanding of its role in shaping Polish culture over the last century, but most of all, to ask about the dream that accompanied the successive directors, directors, playwrights, actresses and actors associated with the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in the evolution of this place. The formula of the event refers to a script of a guided tour, during which personages involved in the first years of the activities of the playhouse in the Holy Spirit Square will serve the guides.

 

FOYER / above the foyer

/Paweł Świątek's project/

Director: Paweł Świątek

Stage design: Marcin Chlanda

Cast: Marta Konarska, Rafał Dziwisz, Karolina Kamińska, Anna Tomaszewska, Antoni Milancej, Sławomir Rokita, Marcin Sianko

Authority: Jerzy Trela

The starting point of the project is Konrad's conversation with the Masks – officials who imply to Konrad that his vision of theatre as essential for society is completely illegible and intangible. As a great artist, Konrad struggles with his words, faces an inexpressible conflict, and feels that his efforts are in vain, exposing him to ridicule. The question of the role that art should play in today's highly political material reality is something extremely poignant today. Wyspiański had a vision of such a theatre, and he also had experience with the bourgeoisie, which repeatedly disappointed him with its lack of high ideals, and shallow expectations.

Paweł Świątek will put on a mask from the Liberation so as to talk to Jerzy Trela about art, his plays, the costs, the artist's path, disputes, and about Konrad's character in Swinarski's Liberation. This conversation will take place during an exquisite meal, sponsored by the Słowacki Theatre, i.e., de facto, the Marshal's Office.

 

STAGE

/Małgorzata Warsicka's project/

Director: Małgorzata Warsicka

Composer: Karol Nepelski

Stage design, light director: Marcin Chlanda

Cast: Tomasz Augustynowicz, Rafał Szumera, Kasia Zawiślak Dolny, Daniel Malchar, Agnieszka Judycka, Lena Schimscheiner (guest)

Special guest: Adam Strug and orchestra conducted by Maciej Koczur;

flute – Monika Frątczak, clarinet – Tomasz Sowa, bassoon – Małgorzata Wygoda, trombone – Jan Szymański, percussion – Adam Wygoda, violin – Barbara Mglej, viola – Joanna Kapusta, cello – Jakub Gajownik, double bass – Krzysztof Jaworski

Performance/concert. A variation on Polishness, liberty and independence. An attempt to find borderline moments in Wyspiański’s art, where ‘his idea has been exhausted’, and a different, new, often unintelligible, radicalised and blasphemous one must inevitably appear in its place. Exploring alternative versions is what this project is based on.

An important element of the performance is the performance by an outstanding singer, instrumentalist and composer – Adam Strug.

 

EXIT

Wyspiański after party.

A DJ set by Mr Krime – a pioneer and master of turntablism, multi-instrumentalist, composer (also of theatre music) and music producer.

Video.

An interdisciplinary art project, a kind of a labyrinth of explorations around Stanisław Wyspiański's masterpiece – Liberation.

The actors of the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre and artists inspired by Wyspiański's thought take us on a trip around the theatre building. The event consists of seven mini-projects, artistic and paratheatrical installations, which creatively address and interact with Stanisław Wyspiański's oeuvre.

Video

An interdisciplinary art project, a kind of a labyrinth of explorations around Stanisław Wyspiański's masterpiece – Liberation.

The actors of the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre and artists inspired by Wyspiański's thought take us on a trip around the theatre building. The event consists of seven mini-projects, artistic and paratheatrical installations, which creatively address and interact with Stanisław Wyspiański's oeuvre.

The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Cultural Promotion Fund