Anna Karasińska & Etcetera

    30/05  | 20:00 - 21:00

Free entrance
With: Anna Karasińksa & Marta Keil
Moderation: Jonas Vanderschueren
In collaboration with: Etcetera

Anna Karasińska (°1978) is a theater director, filmmaker and playwright who is seen as one of the leading examples of the latest generation of theatre makers in Poland. As such, she has been alternatively described as a major proponent of 'post-theatre' or 'auto-theatre'. Through the means of theatre, she questions the ways of communication between actors and the audience, problematizing the implicit hierarchy between performer and spectator in many conventional theatre performances. In this way she unmasks the mechanisms of art (re)production and how these are embedded in an institutional context. 

Her work is important in today's art scene in Poland, but also within the framework of Polish repertoire theatre. The latter is still strongly influenced by the legacy of nineteenth-century Polish Romanticism, a tradition which is crucial to understand how and why theatre in Poland is made in the way it is made. As a traditional carrier of Polish national identity, theatre institutions and practices hold a prominence within Polish society which is almost unparalleled in comparable Western European societies.

This talk will start from Karasińska's performance Fantazja and her strong meta-theatrical language, in order to provide better insight into this new (often feminine and/or queer) generation of young independent theatre makers. Often these theatre makers are based in Warsaw, with institutions like TR Warszawa, Nowy Teatr, Teatr Powszechny, Teatr Studio and Komuna//Warszawa forming a dense network of artistic interchange and experimentation. Today Poland is one of the most exciting places for anyone interested in contemporary theatre and performance, and this talk will elaborate on why this is.

See also: Anna Karasińska, Fantazja

Anna Karasińska – stage director, attended the Władysław Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź and the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Łódź, graduated from the Faculty of Direction at the Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź. Her student short films, features and documentaries were shown at several dozen festivals around the world, many winning international prizes. She made her theatre debut with her original production of Ewelina’s Crying, staged in 2015 at TR Warszawa as part of the TR Territory (Teren TR) project. In 2016 for Ewelina’s Crying, Anna Karasińska won the Kazimierz Krzanowski Promotional Award at the 51st KONTRAPUNKT Small Theatre Form Festival. In 2016 Karasińska directed The Second Production at the Teatr Polski in Poznań, followed that same year by Birthday staged as part of the Micro-Theatre at Komuna//Warszawa. In 2017 she also directed her another original play in TR Warszawa – The Fantasia that was shown at Dublin Theatre Festival in 2018. In 2018 she directed 2118. Karasińska at the Nowy Teatr in Warsaw. Nominated for the PASZPORTY POLITYKI Award in THEATRE in 2018.

Marta Keil is a performing arts curator, researcher and dramaturg. She co-runs the Performing Arts Institute based in Warsaw and curated together with Grzegorz Reske Konfrontacje in Teatralne (2012-2017) and in Teatr Polski in Bydgoszcz (2014-2016). She created and curates the EEPAP and teaches at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. She is also the editor of the books Choreography: Politicality (2018), Reclaiming the Obvious:on the Institution of Festival (2017), Dance, Process, Artistic Research. Contemporary Dance in the Political, Economic and Social Context of “Former East” of Europe (2015).

Jonas Vanderschueren (°1993) is a Belgian writer and researcher currently based in Warsaw. He writes regularly on Polish culture, theatre and politics, and has been published with EtceteraMO*Knackand Apache. For two years he was editor-in-chief of the Dutch-language literary magazine Kluger Hans, and he worked as an intern at Nowy Teatr and Troubleyn/Jan Fabre.

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