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New Polish Theatre: An Evening with Director Krzysztof Garbaczewski and Playwright Marcin Cecko

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Start:
Oct 24, 2011
End:
Oct 24, 2011
Cost:
Free
Venue:
Segal Theater
Krzystof Garbaczewski Photo courtesy of artist

Krzystof Garbaczewski
Photo courtesy of artist

Join us for an evening with director Krzysztof Garbaczewski and playwright/poet/performer Martin Cecko, representatives of a new generation of Polish theater artists. Garbaczewski and Cecko constantly challenge theatrical form by manipulating narrative, combining popular and classical culture, and mixing media and artistic disciplines. Krzysztof Garbaczewski and Martin Cecko will discuss recent projects including their Odyssey, which won prizes for directing and stage design at the International Divine Comedy Festival in Krakow last year; The Death Star (Jerzy Szaniawski Theatre in Wałbrzych, 2010), inspired by Star Wars; and The Sexual Life of Savages (Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, 2011) based on the works of anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski. Ivan Talijančić (WaxFactory, New York) will direct a reading in English from one of their recent projects. Presented in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York (Jerzy Onuch, Director). Special thanks to Agata Grenda.

Krzysztof Garbaczewski (b. 1983) is a graduate of the Faculty of Directing at Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków, and his productions have gathered many awards at theatre festivals in Poland. As an assistant to the famous Krystian Lupa, he worked on the productions of Zaratustra (2005) and Factory 2 (2008) in Kraków’s National Stary Theatre. He also directed works based on texts by Elfriede Jelinek, Witold Gombrowicz, Homer and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Garbaczewski’s most recent productions are The Death Star (Jerzy Szaniawski Theatre in Wałbrzych, 2010), inspired by Star Wars, and The Sexual life of Savages (Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, 2011), based on the works of Bronisław Malinowski. Both plays were written by Marcin Cecko. Garbaczewski and Cecko’s Odyssey won the main prize for directing and stage design at the International Divine Comedy Festival in Kraków last year.

Marcin Cecko Photo courtesy of artist

Marcin Cecko
Photo courtesy of artist

Marcin Cecko (b. 1981) is a multiplatform artist working in literature, visual arts and performance/theatre. He is the author of three books of poetry, and is a professional advertising photographer. Most recently he has been working on theatre projects with director Krzysztof Garbaczewski. Cecko studied cultural studies and anthropology at Warsaw University. In 2001 with four other Warsaw-based poets he wrote the “Neolinguistic Manifesto” – an important and widely discussed comment on the modern perception of the text in an era of electronic media. Cecko has led various experimental musical/poetry bands, and recently he has been performing his own poetry as well as a monologue in the voice of a fictional anthropologist, Robert Mem. His works combine story-telling, poetry, sounds of words, scientific discourse, and musical/visual element

6:30 p.m., Monday, October 24, 2011
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!

 

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