Far be it from us to create an impression (and mislead the Theatre’s audience) that the programme we present constitutes our exclusive creative output. Theatre has never been and never will be an individual undertaking as much as a play is not the sole creation of its director. The Polish Theatre’s 2014-2017 programme is the sum total of the collective work of our team who have together created it and with whom we will be working on its realisation.
For that reason alone, we are delighted to be able to introduce you to our team members. The new programming team of the Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz is comprised of: Marta Keil, Agnieszka Jakimiak, Dorota Ogrodzka, Agata Siwiak and Joanna Krakowska. In addition to the core team, the Theatre will benefit from the creativity of our affiliates: Iga Gańczarczyk, Wiktor Rubin, Jolanta Janiczak, Michał Borczuch, Tomasz Śpiewak, Weronika Szczawińska, Agnieszka Jakimiak, Agata Maszkiewicz, Michał Korchowiec, Anna Maria Kaczmarska, Agata Skwarczyńska, Krzysztof Kaliski – eminent young artists: playwrights, directors, scenographers and composers.
The forthcoming season and the whole year 2015 will provide ample evidence of the Theatre’s thematic transition, as it will focus more on global issues (still regrettably unexplored in Poland), will take part in the current and animated debate on democracy, and – finally – will become intellectually and artistically preoccupied with the potential opportunities offered by utopian social, economic and political solutions.
The Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz will stage topical commissions (“Africa” by Agnieszka Jakimiak, “Detroit” by Jolanta Janiczak), brand new adaptations of classic texts (“Thermidor” by Stanisława Przybyszewska, “Faust” by Goethe, “Samuel Zborowski” by Juliusz Słowacki) and revisions of forgotten twentieth-century classics (“Les Nègres” by Jean Genet); also, it will be home to international coproductions (“The Cabinet of Political Wonders by Ana Vujanović and Saša Asentic), art residencies (“Sky Blue” by Agata Maszkiewicz), educational projects (Young Stage, Democracy), educational projects in contemporary dance (run by Agata Siniarska and Anna Nowak), as well as a special curatorial project (“Interventions” by Agata Siwiak), in which young artists – working in tandem with reporters, will tackle so far marginalised social issues, merging thus theatre, committed journalism, bottom-up activism and social action. In October 2015 we plan an international symposium “Politicality of Art Institution”, where we aim to rethink the public art institution that is Theatre and the way it functions in the context of contemporary culture, politics and economy.
We consider the Polish Theatre a democratic institution: open to all and open for all. We do not intend to wall in our audiences: instead, we aim to marry the need to be involved in the on-going public debate with the ambition of creating art typified by unparalleled quality. We wish to transform the Theatre into a space of hospitality, enabling everybody to feel free to participate in its activities and to exchange ideas as equal partners. It is our constant intention to make you aware that the Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz is a place where you are always welcome – be it day or night. Here, you will have an opportunity to meet socially, to talk at leisure, take part in workshops and educational programmes, watch films together, listen to music or hear a debate while sipping coffee or reading one of the books at your disposal.