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Harmony of Contradictions: Poland

Premiere of Studio Matejka’s piece featuring invited artists

Wed–Sat 17–20 September 2014, 19:00
Browar Mieszczaski [Burghers’ brewery], ul. Hubska 44
Admission 20 PLN, concessions 15 PLN*
* School children, students and pensioners are entitled to purchase concession tickets on presentation of relevant ID
Bookings and tickets: sekretariat@grotowski-institute.art.pl, tel. 71 34 45 320 and before the performance.
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To be finally given peace and respite
From rallies revolutions and nuclear bombs [...]
To not be incited by threatening posters
Of urgent service to the Power of the Fatherland
To not be ordered to improve myself [...]
To be allowed to have something of my own So that You [...]
To not be forbidden to forget about life

Rafa Wojaczek, The Prayer of the Average Man

Harmony of Contradictions: Poland is about watching Poland from a distance, with irony, but simultaneously with commitment and seriousness. It is both a return to the past, and a critical gaze at our current reality filled with absurdities and contradictions. The project attempts to understand and convey some aspects of Poland’s juxtaposed identity. It does this by presenting a symbiosis of opposite standards, attitudes and behaviours. Using a combination of contemporary performance, new media and installations, the artists create a subjective landscape of what Poland means for them.

Moving through the spaces of a former Wrocaw brewery, the viewer becomes a witness and active participant in both public and intimate situations. They will literally and imaginatively pass through places forgotten by our collective consciousness and history, and places constantly recurring in our present. The brewery becomes an arcade of consumption, a pillory of the past and a grandstand built from the fragments of what for the artists, Polish and international, is the essence of the Polish soul.

Harmony of Contradictions: Poland is Studio Matejka’s new, site-specific work based on the interactions between performers, space and audience.

– so what if it doesn’t begin? – if it won’t begin at all?
– to leave
– leave everything behind
– all – all white-red – all white-black – white-white-white
– and what is more white-red? – what is more?

Pawe Demirski, From Poland with Love

Photo by Meg Janus

Performers: Cécile Da Costa (France/Czech Republic), Agnieszka wielg (Poland), Marek Gluziski (Poland), Teodora Grano (Italy), Orfeusz Jakubiszyn (Poland), Kamila Klamut (Poland), Aleksandra Kugacz (Poland), Claude Mumbere (Congo/USA), Bartosz Ostrowski (Poland), Natalia Pieczuro (Poland/Belgium), Orest Sharak (Ukraine/Poland), Wiley Naman Strasser (USA), Konstantinos Symsiris (Greece)
Director: Matej Matejka (Slovakia/Poland)
Assistant directors: Alexandra Kazazou (Greece/Poland), Irena Tomain (Slovenia)
Choreography: Magdalena Koza (Poland)
Set design: Tomáš ika (Slovakia)
Stage manager: Racha Baroud (Liban/France)
New media: meg janus (Poland) and Alexandra Bury (Poland)
Music: Maok (Slovakia), Wojtek Furmaniak (Poland)
Costumes: Dominika Kuniar (Poland), Simela Ziota (Poland)
Concept and organisation: Matej Matejka, Agnieszka wielg, Marek Gluziski
Technical coordination and light design: Kamil Piwko (Poland)
Technical supervision: Piotr Jacyk (Poland)
Project coordination: Aleksandra Konopko (Poland)
Coordination (The Grotowski Institute): Beata Wroska (Poland)
PR: Monika uczkowska (Poland)
Production: Studio Matejka Foundation in collaboration with the Grotowski Institute

Studio Matejka is an open laboratory of performance expression, exploring 21st century performance techniques that specifically work across borders: borders between performance genres, borders between training techniques, and borders between individual expression and collective resonance.

More information: www.studiomatejka.com


The project is supported by funding from the Municipality of Wrocaw
www.wroclaw.pl