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The Dynamics of Metamorphosis: The Conclusion

Conference concluding the Dynamics of Metamorphosis, the artistic and research project of Paweł Passini, Elżbieta Rojek, Przemysław Wasilkowski and neTTheatre. Guests will include dr hab. Krzysztof Bielawski, Prof Ewa Guderian-Czaplińska, Prof Mirosław Kocur, Prof Krzysztof Rutkowski and dr Lech Trzcionkowski. The conference will be chaired by Paweł Passini.

Sun 8 June 2014, 10am–3pm
Laboratory Theatre Space
Admission free

Conference in Polish

The closing conference of the project The Dynamics of Metamorphosis will aim to chart the limits of what we can learn about classical acting and metamorphosis techniques. Concluding two years of laboratory work, we first need to answer the question “What Next”? How our approach to Euripides’ scores be modified in light of our findings? Is there a hidden order in the sequences of the ancient actor’s embodiments – a ladder of energy that can lead to a catharsis? Or perhaps Euripides’ constant shifts from character to character are a conscious attempt to shatter the illusion of the ego? I am not one – I am always many, always in dialogue, always on the move. Are the challenges Euripides sets the actors nearly as radical as those set by Samuel Beckett? The mask hides the actor’s expression but reveals the voice and music of his body. The Greek actor goes deep into his character, immerses his face in the mask like in a mirror-like water surface. How can we successfully repeat this gesture nowadays? Are we ready for this kind of theatre?

The final work session of the Dynamics of Metamorphosis invites joint research and discussion on what we know, what we must know, what remains a matter of conjecture, and what we can never find out. The conference will bring together noted experts in ancient theatre practice who embrace the paradigm of “tragedy in action”.
Paweł Passini
Bliski Wschód Association of Artists


The conference will sum up the work of the research team: Katarzyna Huss, Monika Jangas, Aleksandra Konarska, Daria Kubisiak, Agnieszka Misiewicz, Magdalena Rewerenda, Agnieszka Szewczyk.


Krzysztof Bielawski is Associate Professor in the Institute of Classical Studies at the Jagiellonian University, and lecturer at the PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków. He is a translator, patrologist, editor of a series of monographies for Homini Publishing House, and Affiliated Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Homini Publishing House (1995–2012). His books include: Terminy rytualno-kultowe w tragedii greckiej epoki klasycznej, Teksty poetyckie greckich fragmentów muzycznych, Ani święty, ani spokój. Sylwy religijne – antyk, chrześcijaństwo.

Ewa Guderian-Czaplińska is Professor in the Drama, Theatre and Performance Department at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Her areas of interest include classical and contemporary theatre and drama, preferably the intersection of these two. Her scholarly forays into Poland’s interwar period culminated in the book Teatralna Arkadia, which discusses Poznań’s interwar dramatic theatre. She publishes in Dialog and Didaskalia theatre journals.

Mirosław Kocur is a theatre director, historian and anthropologist of theatre and performance. He is a professor at the University of Wrocław and the PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków Branch in Wrocław. He is a graduate of the Wroclaw University of Technology (1979) and the PWST in Kraków (1986). Kocur has directed plays and lectured in Poland, Switzerland, Italy, the UK, Greece and the US. He participated in a number of projects of Jerzy Grotowski’s Laboratory Theatre, designed and built bridges in the south of Poland, was Artistic Director of the Wrocław Second Studio (1987–1990) and Director of the “Broken Walls” festival of arts in California (1991). In 2005 he was awarded a Fulbright research scholarship. He has published the following monographs: Teatr antycznej Grecji, We władzy teatru. Aktorzy i widzowie w antycznym Rzymie, Drugie narodziny teatru. Performanse mnichów anglosaských and Teatr bez teatru. Performanse w Anglii Wschodniej u schyłku średniowiecza. His latest book Źródła teatru will be published as part of the University of Wrocław’s Złota Seria series.

Krzysztof Rutkowski is a writer and translator, as well as Professor at the Artes Liberales Institute of the University of Warsaw. Early on in his career, he investigated the intersection of literature and active poetry. He is a leading expert on the life and work of the Polish Romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz. He has introduced new literary genres, “passages” and “novel parables”, which blur the boundaries between fiction and academic writing, and facilitate multi-layered reflection on modern culture and the presence in it of early traditions. He is a distinguished editor of the work of authors such as Edward Stachura and Aleksander Wat, and translator of, among others, Pascal Quinard and Daniel Beauvois. He is now conducting research into classical culture.

Lech Trzcionkowski is an independent researcher, philologist, historian of antiquity and translator. He conducts research on ancient religions with particular emphasis on Greek religion in its broad cultural context. He has recently published a book on early Orphism, Bios – Thanatos – Bios. He is currently working at the Institute of Classical Studies of the Jagiellonian University on a grant-funded project exploring blood offerings in ancient Greece.

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