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Theatre of the Eighth Day/ The Files (Poland)

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Oct 27, 2008
Oct 27, 2008
Segal Theater

Theatre of the Eighth Day
Photo by Robert Rabiej

Join us for an evening with Poland’s venerable Theatre of the Eighth Day from Poznan. The company will discuss their new work The Files–an avant-garde docudrama which uses real Communist-era police files kept on the theatre company by the secret police to reveal the extent of government surveillance and harassment they endured. Featuring founding members, actors and designers from Theatre of the Eighth Day. Moderated by Carol Martin, NYU.

Co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York. The Files will be presented during the MADE IN POLAND festival at 59E59 Theaters this fall.

Theatre of the Eighth Day: Founded as a student theatre at the University of Poznan in 1964, by the 1980s the Theatre of the Eighth Day had become the most famous of the underground alternative theatre groups, initially performing drama and poetry. The development of a more physical, non-verbal theatre stemmed from their association with one of the practitioners of Grotowski’s laboratories and the experience of the student protests of March 1968. Their theatre is non-linear, without cause-and-effect, with the texts and actions created solely through group improvisation. The group’s name derives from the Polish poet Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski: “On the seventh day, the Lord God rested, and on the eighth, He created theatre.”

The Polish Cultural Institute, established in New York in 2000, is a diplomatic mission to the United States dedicated to nurturing and promoting cultural ties between the United States and Poland, both through American exposure to Poland ‘s cultural achievements, and through exposure of Polish artists and scholars to American trends, institutions, and professional counterparts. The Institute takes an active collaborative role in a broad range of cultural events in theatre, music, film, literature, and the fine arts.

polish-culture-logo6:30 p.m., Monday, October 27, 2008 Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!