Written by Henriette Morrison
The aim of Polska New Theatre is to familiarise guests from all over the world with the most recent phenomena in Polish theatre and performative arts. The programme of events which took place in Bydgoszcz (four hours North West of Warsaw) included meetings with Polish curators and artists, workshops, seminars and performances. As well as gaining valuable insight into Polish theatre past and present it was a privilege to get to know fellow guests and to learn about their projects in New Delhi, Mexico, Chile, Greece, Japan etc… and even in the UK. I got a run down of the latest developments at Sutton Theatres and also learnt about Stone Nest, a new home for performing arts on Shaftesbury Avenue (both these venues’ plans and upcoming Seasons are impressive so watch this space London!). The trip was impeccably organised. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to meet curators and Artistic Directors in small break out session groups. It was inspiring to hear from Joanna Lesnierowska how a new generation of Polish choreographers, for example, are receiving long overdue recognition and support through a programme at the Stary Browar Art Centre in Poznan. I would have loved to see more work but what I did see was full of ambition to break out, to test new performance techniques, to tackle world topics. It felt as if theatre in Poland is in interesting transition and that it is on the edge of breaking new ground. It will be intriguing to watch these developments over the next few years.
- Theatre of Europe featured in The Stage – October 2014
- Chelsea Theatre and Theatre of Europe in Rep