A Masterclass by a Great Master
Saturday 2 July 2011
The celebrated director Krzysztof Warlikowski teaches a masterclass for drama school students, actors and directors, in the context of (A)pollonia at the Onassis Cultural Centre. Krzysztof Warlikowski gives insight to the performance of (A)pollonia and also to the ancient Greek tragedies that inspired him, the way he works with his actors etc. The participants will have the chance to watch the documentary film Krzysztof Warlikowski or the Legacy of Sacrifice by Manuelle Blanc, which captures Warlkowski’s rehearsals for this performance.
Warlikowski is one of the most prominent European directors of his generation. In collaboration with scenic designer Malgorzata Szczęśniak, he creates outstanding theatrical images. Through his work process, he leads his actors to reach the deepest layers of their creativity. He has directed over forty theatre and opera productions in Poland and abroad: in Israel, Italy, France, Germany and Holland. He completed his studies at the Jagiellonian University, Theatre Academy in Krakow and at the Sorbonne University as an assistant to Krystian Lupa, Giorgio Strehler, Ingmar Bergman, and Peter Brook.
He stages with equal passion Greek drama (Electra, The Bacchae), Shakespeare (The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, The Taming of The Shrew), and contemporary drama (Bernard-Marie Koltès, Hanna Krall, Sarah Kane, Hanoch Levin). Cleansed (2001), which has received international acclaim, is a moving poetic discourse about cruelty and love saving humanity from total destruction.
Warlikowski collaborated with TR Warszawa theatre for 10 years, beginning in 1999. He also directed at the Stary Teatr in Cracow, Teatr Wspolczesny in Wroclaw and Teatr Nowy and Teatr Polski theatres in Poznan. He also directs for opera (Don Carlos, Iphigenia in Tauris, Ubu Rex, Woyzeck, Eugenie Onegin, Medea).
Warlikowski is the recipient of numerous awards, including Polityka Weekly’s Passport for 2003; the French Order of the Cavalier of Art and Literature in 2004; a Konrad Swinarski Award from Teatr magazine for his production of Angels in America in 2007; the French Association of Theatre Critics award; and the European prize of New Theatrical Realities.
In October 2008 Warlikowski, together with a group of collaborators, opened his own theatre, Teatr Nowy. He inagurated the Nowy Teatr in Warsaw with a performance of (A)pollonia. The world premiere took place in May 2009 in Warsaw. It was the only Polish performance being shown at the prestigious Festival d’Avignon 2009.
drama school students, actors and directors
Participants must have a functional knowledge of English and are required to attend the performance.
T: 213 017 8004
Ms Myrto Lavda