Seven mainstream performances and world theatre stars, Alain Platel and Ivo van Hove among others. Several accompanying events, including debates and meetings with prominent authors and theatre life commentators, sensual installation of the IP Group, and performances: “Macbeth” and “The Curse”. This is the rich program of the 9th International Dialog-Wrocław Festival, which will take place from 14 to 21 October. Tickets are already available.
This year’s edition of one of the most important cultural events in the country is accompanied by the motto: Onwards! But where to? We will try to answer the question of where does the march we all participate in, whether we want it or not, take us, explains Tomasz Kireńczuk, Dialog’s programme manager.
The Dialog fesival, created by Krystyna Meissner, will become a space for free exchange of ideas and discussions this year as well. Debates will be an opportunity to talk about the programming of cultural institutions in times of crisis, they will also concern the situation of the theatre in Poland and tackle the issues of political theatre and theatre’s politicalness. We will consider why the theatre has recently become a target of political and ideological attacks, says Kireńczuk. Among the participants of the debates there are prominent authors and commentators of theatre life in Poland: Dariusz Kosiński, Anna R. Burzyńska, Edwin Bendyk, Jan Klata, Marta Górnicka and Paweł Łysak, as well as foreign guests, including Matthias Lilienthal, Ong Keng Sen, Selma Spahić and Wouter van Ransbeek among others. Free entrance.
Mainstream performances will be accompanied by meetings with authors. We will talk with the prominent choreographer and director, Alain Platel, about the shows “En avant, marche!” and “nicht schlafen”. Olga Tokarczuk and Jan Klata will be the guests of the meeting concerning the performance “Enemy of the People”. “MDLSX” in turn will be an opportunity to discuss with Kazimiera Szczuka and the artists of the Italian collective MOTUS about the need to define one’s own identity. During the talk about the performance “One gesture”, together with Wojciech Ziemilski we will reflect on why more and more people and groups are on the margins of social life. The “Hymn to Love” will be a pretext for discussion on nationalism and the progressing division of Europe. The meeting with Jacek Żakowski and Marta Górnicka, as well as all the others, will be conducted by Mike Urbaniak. Free entrance.
The presence of Alain Platel, one of the most prominent contemporary choreographers, at the festival will result in dance workshops conducted by Quan Bui Ngoc. Participants, professionals and semi-professionals will have the opportunity to develop their individual dance skills and get acquainted with the techniques of creating les ballets C de la B (sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 9th edition of the festival is also an opportunity to listen to the lecture by Richard Schechner – one of the most important authors of the 20th century experimental theatre and to see the exhibitions of laureates and participants of the 2nd edition of the Theatre Photography Competition of the Z. Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw.
The programme of accompanying events contains also the performative elements. We are going to see “Macbeth” by the Capitol Music Theatre, directed by Agata Duda-Gracz, with Cezar Studniak and Magda Kumorek, as well as “Crown Shyness” – a sensual installation by the IP Group, which will raise an important question about how the way of experiencing the world is changing today. Viewers of this year’s edition of the festival will also have the opportunity to see “The Curse” directed by Olivier Frljic from the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw. This is one of the most important performances created in the Polish theatre in recent years. One of these performances, which remain in memory for a long time, forcing to confront uncomfortable questions and truths that we may prefer not to perceive on a daily basis, comments Kiereńczuk. The performance, however, will only take place if the proceeds from the sale of tickets will cover the costs of its presentation. Showing of “The Curse” is financed entirely with off-budget resources of the festival. The tickets will be sold until 5 October. The viewers of the festival will decide whether they want to see “The Curse”. If the performance is not sold out, it will not take place and the money will be returned, adds the program manager.
Since 5 September at 3 p.m., you can already buy the tickets for the festival. Tickets for the main programme events (priced at 35 to 50 PLN) are available at Impart cash desk (Mazowiecka 17), at Media Markt, Saturn and Empik stores, and online at: Dialogfestival.pl, Impart.art.pl and Eventim.pl. The tickets sale for the performance “The Curse” (priced at 70 to 200 PLN) is conducted at Impart cash desk and on Dialogfestival.pl and Impart.art.pl web pages only until 5 October. The tickets for the performance “Macbeth” can be purchased at the Capitol Music Theatre.