European Culture Congress Accompanying Events


Wrocław's cultural institutions invite you for events dedicated especially for the ECC participants.

New Gallery of Contemporary Art

Opening 10 September 2011
Exhibition conception: Mariusz Hermansdorfer

Branch of the National Museum in Wrocław

The original loft-like interior of the remodelled former attic will showcase the nation’s largest exhibition of contemporary Polish art, from early 20th-century pieces by Witkacy to the recent works of Kozyra, Bałka or Althamer and with the unique collection of the works by world-famous Magdalena Abakanowicz’s as its show stopping climax.

Museum in Wrocław has one of the largest (over 20 thousand objects) and most representative collections of the art of the 20th and early 21st century.

Zygmunt Bauman's lecture
„Oświata wobec płynnie-nowoczesnych wyzwań”

September 10th, 2011 (Saturday) | 10.00 AM
University of Lower Silesia
Wrocław, Strzegomska 55, hall 111

Lecture will be held in Polish.

Debate on the future of European culture

September 9th, 2011 | 9.00 AM
European Parliament Information Office, Widok 10

EPIO seat in Wroclaw

source: archive EPIO Wroclaw

The European Parliament Information Office hosts a debate on the future of European culture. The meeting will be chaired by the delegation of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament that will meet representatives of the Sejm and the Senate Committee on Culture and Media and representatives of the Lower Silesia Regional Parliament and the City Council of Wroclaw. The event will be brodcast on the Internet at

European Parliament - CULT, EPIO

Widok 10, Wrocław
tel.: 71/3376360

Debate on the future of European cinema
Free screening of the film „When We Leave” („Die Fremde”) , dir. Feo Aladag

September 9th, 2011 | 4.00 PM
Wrocław, Warszawa Cinema, Piłsudskiego 64a

"Die Fremde"

source: vivarto

The European Parliament Information Office invites you to debate with the participation of distinguished representatives of the filmmakers environment on the future of European cinema and to the screening When We Leave. The film won the European Parliament LUX Prize 2010, and was German candidate for Oscar award.
Limited seats available, persons interested in participating are asked to confirm by email to the address:

European Parliament Information Office

Widok 10, Wrocław
tel.: 71/3376360

46th International Festival Wratislavia Cantans


H. M. Górecki, Symphony No. 3 – ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’

September 8th, 2011 (Thursday) | 7.00 PM
St Mary Magdalene Polish National Catholic Church, Szewska 10 

Orchestra of the Karol Szymanowski
Philharmonic in Cracow

photo: festival archive

Performers: Ewa Vesin – soprano, Pieter Wispelwey – cello, Paweł Przytocki – conductor, Orchestra of the K. Szymanowski Philharmonic in Cracow.

During the Festival we would like to commemorate a great polish composer Henryk Mikołaj Górecki by performing his Symphony No. 3 which will be played by Orchestra of the K. Szymanowski Philharmonic in Cracow. During the concert Orchestra will also perform pieces of Witold Lutosławski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Henning Kraggerud – violin recital

September 8th, 2011 | 9.30 PM
Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew, plac Kościelny

Over an hour in duration, the sonata cycle poses an enormous challenge for the performer. Its wealth of styles and references to various musical eras require much thought and intelligent interpretation. Each of the movements represents a separate musical story told in sound; yet despite its varied references and musical styles, the cycle is unified by Ysaÿe’s individual style, characterized on the one hand by melodic lightness and on the other by amazingly original harmonies and depth of expression.

Krzysztof Penderecki – Symphony No. 8 ‘Songs of Transience’

September 9th, 2011 | 7:00 PM
St Mary Magdalene Polish National Catholic Church, Szewska 10

Wroclaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

photo: Boguslaw Beszlej

Performers: Iwona Hossa – soprano, Agnieszka Rehlis – mezzo-soprano, Mariusz Godlewski – baritone, Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, Wrocław Philharmonic Choir, Jacek Kaspszyk – conductor

The concert opens the second and the most extended part of the Festival: Media vita in morte sumus (lat. In the midst of life we are in death). This theme explores the huge repertoire of music reflecting on the temporal nature of our life, and the passing on to another world. Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists conducted by Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk will perform Krzysztof Penderecki’s Symphony No. 8 ‘Songs of Transience’.

Nicholas Daniel – recital

September 9th, 2011 | 9.30 PM
Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew, plac Kościelny

Performer: Nicholas Daniel - oboe, cor anglais

Nicholas Daniel’s distinguished career began when, at the age of 18, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. After his debut with the BBC Proms in 1992, The Sunday Times described him as one of the greatest exponents of the oboe in the world. Today one of the UK's most distinguished soloists, as well as an increasingly successful conductor, he has become an important ambassador for music and musicians in many different fields. During the concert Nicholas Daniel will play extended and various repertoire for oboe and cor anglais solo.

Songs of Farewell – music of mourning and consolation
by Gabrieli Consort ensemble

September 10th, 2011 | 7.00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew, plac Kościelny

Gabrieli Consort

photo: Nacho Carretero

Songs of Farewell – music of mourning and consolation. The universal human experience of loss, sorrow and mourning has found powerful expression in artistic creations of many kinds: verbal, visual and musical. Perhaps the language of music is especially well suited to convey the profundity of these feelings, whether or not it is combined with verbal text: the possibility of communicating sorrow that is ineffable, and sometimes of offering some element of consolation.

Pieter Wispelwey – cello recital

September 10th, 2011 | 9.00 PM
Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew, plac Kościelny

Pieter Wispelwey is among the first of a generation of performers who are equally at ease on the modern or the period cello. His acute stylistic awareness, combined with truly original interpretation and phenomenal technical mastery, has won the hearts of critics and public alike, in repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter, and works composed especially for him. At the concert Pieter Wiespelwey will perform all the three Suites of Benjamin Britten.

Gustav Leonhardt – harpsichord recital

September 11th, 2011 | 3.00 and 5.00 PM
Pan Tadeusz Museum, Rynek 6

Gustav Leonhardt is a true living legend representing a generation of pioneers who, in a whirl of experimentation and polemics, founded the principles of the movement which propagates performance on period instruments. This movement has become one of the most interesting achievements of musical life in the second half of the 20th century, as it pays just as much attention to the aesthetics and performance practices of bygone eras as it does to contemporary tastes and the need to be immersed in history. The outline of today’s recital reflects Leonhardt’s broad repertoire interests.

Concert in memory of the tragic events on 11th of September 2011 in New York City

September 11th, 2011 | 7.00 PM
St Mary Magdalene Polish National Catholic Church, Szewska 10

Performers: Festival Orchestra, Henning Kraggerud – viola, Nicholas Daniel – oboe, Paul McCreesh – conductor

Festival Orchestra, Paul McCreesh

photo: L. Rajchert

The 10th anniversary of the New York September 11th atrocities will be recalled in a performance given by the new Wrocław Festival Orchestra which will include reflective music by Herbert Howells , Samuel Barber, and Elgar's magnificent first symphony. This new orchestra is led by Artistic Director Paul McCreesh; it comprises some of Wrocław’s and Poland's finest musicians alongside international guest artists and outstanding young polish musicians.

Concert in memory of the tragic events on 11th of September 2011 in New York City

September 11th, 2011 | 9.00 PM
National Forum of Music construction site

Performers: Wrocław Philharmonic Choir, Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny (conductor)

Concert in memory of the tragic events on September 11 in New York City will be also dedicated to tragic death of Professor Stefan Kuryłowicz. The Wrocław Philharmonic Choir will perform Paweł Łukaszewski’s Lamentationes – piece commissioned by Wratislavia Cantans. Concert will take place in unusual venue – National Forum of Music construction site.

Opera Wrocławska

Świdnicka 35
Tickets: (+48) 71-370-88-80, 71-372-43-57

W. A. Mozart „Don Giovanni”

September 8th, 2011 | 7.00 PM

Direction: Mariusz Treliński, conductor: Bassem Akiki, scenography: Boris Kudlička

W.A. Mozart "Don Giovanni"

photo: M. Grotowski


A brilliant „merry drama” (dramma giocoso), i.e. the undying figure of Don Juan in the opera vision of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart supported by literary art of the librettist (Lorenzo da Ponte). One of the most perfect and famous operas in the history of music: a story about the legendary seducer – „maimed debauchee” was enough for Mozart to outline impressive pages of a script that includes all – tragedy, rebellion, comedy, love, betrayal, innocence, love of life and a moralistic warning.

J. Offenbach „The Tales of Hoffmann”

September 9th, 2011 | 7.00 PM

Musical director, conductor: Ewa Michnik, direction: Waldemar Zawodziński, scenography: Małgorzata Słoniowska

Collective scene

  photo: M. Grotowski

 The Tales of Hoffmann is the latest and unfinished Offenbach’s work, who is the master of humorous muse, the author of operetta and musical comedies, inter alia Beautiful Helena, Orpheus in the Underworld and Parisian Life. At the end of his life he wanted to create an exceptional work: fantastic opera The Tales of Hoffmann, based on the popular short stories by Ernest Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann. This is how the preeminent of his musical 'stories' was created, with beautiful arias and immortal barcarole.

K. Szymanowski „King Roger”

September 10th, 2011 | 7.00 PM

Musical director, conductor: Ewa Michnik, direction: Mariusz Treliński, scenography: Boris Kudlička

Collective scene

 photo: M. Grotowski

King Roger is Szymanowski's largest and richest score - subtle, grand, glowing, and evocative of an archetypal dimension that places it among such other testaments in music as Schoenberg's Moses und Aron, Berg's Lulu, Pfitzner's Palestrina, Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, and Busoni's Doktor Faust. The premiere was given at Warsaw's Teatr Wielki on June 19, 1926, conducted by Emil Mlynarski, with Szymanowski's sister, Stanislawa Szymanowska, taking the part of Roxana.

Modest Mussorgsky „Boris Godunov”

September 11th, 2011 | 5.00 PM

Musical director, conductor: Ewa Michnik, direction: Waldemar Zawodziński, scenography: Małgorzata Słoniowska 

Collective scene

 photo: M. Grotowski

Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's instrumentation is an opera of exceptional importance for the history of European music as well as the composer's artistic activity. As a genre, it is a landmark work in terms of the libretto, the subject and the musical form. It is a historical drama describing the mechanisms of power in 17th-century Russia, but its message – the fate of the ruled people and the actions of the government – remains universal.

Teatr Polski we Wrocławiu

Scena Kameralna, Świdnicka 28.

Tickets: (+48) 71 316 07 77–78

"Farinelli" - Anka Herbut and Bartosz Porczyk

September 9-11th, 2011 | 7.00 PM

Direction: Łukasz Twarkowski

Bartosz Porczyk

photo: Natalia Kabanow

Farinelli is a mental installation in which Porczyk meets Farinelli, masculinity is permeated by femininity and human being wanders on the borderlines of animality. It’s an experiment on the living flesh of the actor, the performer, the art. Do I have to castrate myself out of myself, to become an ideal? Do I have to rid myself of the right to error, asymmetry, slip of a tongue and uncontrolled reflexes?

Teatr Muzyczny Capitol

Small Stage, Piłsudskiego 72

Tickets: (+48) 71 789 04 51

Small Stage Festival: „The Walls of Hebron”
based on the novel by Andrzej Stasiuk

September 8th, 2011 | 8.00 PM

Direction: Cezary Studniak

"The Walls of Hebron"

 photo: Maciej Kulczyński

The Walls of Hebron 90 min | adults only

An adaptation of the first prison prose by Andrzej Stasiuk. A provocative, harsh, vulgar, and deeply moving story of a recidivist is at the same time a literal record of prison experiences, accusation of the system, and a query about limits of freedom and humanity. In the main role: Mikolaj Woubishet, the winner of Grand Prix at the 29th Actors’ Songs Review.

Small Stage Festival: „Buddha Chinaski Says”

September 9th, 2011 | 8.00 PM

Scenario and direction: Cezary Studniak

"Budda Chinaski Says"

photo: Łukasz Gawroński

Buddha Chinaski Says 70 min | adults only

Poetry, prose, and notes of Charles Bukowski. The story about the world which sparkle with thousands shades of gloom. With these texts only a woman’s voice is capable to sing about longing for real love. Daring, excellent role of Justyna Szafran as Frances was enthusiastically received by audience and critics. On the small stage, almost too intimately close to spectators, she gives a brilliant show, accompanied by four men – the vocal-instrumental ensemble.

Small Stage Festival: „Sickness, Me-Madness, Love”

September 10th, 2011 | 8.00 PM

Scenario and direction: Cezary Studniak

"Sickness, Me-Madness, Love"

photo: Łukasz Gawroński

Sickness, Me-Madness, Love
85 min | adults only

Funny, provoking, poetic and sensual story about different kinds of love, about beauty, stupidity, desire, perversion, boredom, surprise and disappointment, all that can happen in relation between two people. Songs with mocking, intelligent lyrics, written by Tymon Tymanski, one of most interesting Polish artist from the yass formation. Malgorzata Fijalkowska and Cezary Studniak performing the songs are accompanied by Lukasz Wojcik in the role of the (mostly) mute witness-fish.

Wrocławski Teatr Współczesny

Rzeźnicza 12

Tickets: (+48) 71 358 89 20

„Farewell to Autumn” by Witkacy

September 9-11th, 2011 | 7.00 PM

Direction: Piotr Sieklucki

"Farewell to Autumn"

photo: Edgar de Poray

The heroes of the play are sensitive, creative, intransigent people at the twilight of their existence, in constant pursuit of what was the sense of their life and what is now slipping away; they are helpless in the face of disasters and threats. Unready and desperate.
“The play showcases the talents of the entire ensemble, not only in the very demanding group scenes (brilliantly choreogrphed by Mikołaj Mikołajczyk) but also in the solo etudes...” [Mariusz Urbanek, „Gazeta Wyborcza Wrocław”]

Grotowski Institute

Rynek-Ratusz 27

Exhibition: “Dust: Apocalypsis cum figuris in the photographs of Maurizio Buscarino

September 8-23th, 2011 | 12.00 - 8.00 PM
Laboratory Theatre's Stage

Ryszard Cieślak in "Apocalypsis cym Figuris", Milan 1979

photo: Maurizio Buscarino

In 1979, in Milan, Maurizio Buscarino, a noted Italian artist, photographed the rehearsals and performance of the Laboratory Theatre’s Apocalypsis cum figuris as well as the shooting of a film documenting this performance. Many years later – at the Grotowski Institute’s request – the author edited the rest of the photographs and chose some of them for display in the historical space of the Laboratory Theatre where Apocalypsis was created in 1968. First presented in this historic space in January 2009, it then traveled to other cities including London and Sibiu (Romania).

„Caesarean Section. Essays on Suicide”
by ZAR Theatre

September 8-11th, 2011 | 8.00 PM
Studio Na Grobli, Na Grobli 30/32

"Caesarean Section. Essays on Suicide"
ZAR Theatre

photo: Irena Lipińska

The title of this piece is a metaphor of suicidal need and state – the fatal and salutary force that keeps everyone alive. It’s about the impossible yet necessary ability to keep on breathing when you feel shards of glass flowing to your heart. The musical structure of the performance is based on polyphonic Corsican songs interspersed with Bulgarian, Rumunian, Islandic and Chechnyan themes. The energy of the music owes much to Erik Satie; the images evoked to the prose of Aglaja Veteranyi.

Caesarean Section was first presented in May 2007 in Florence during Fabbrica Europa.

„Anhelli. Wołanie”
by ZAR Theatre

September 8-11th, 2011 | 9.00 PM
Studio Na Grobli, Na Grobli 30/32

Anhelli. Wołanie.
Teatr ZAR

photo: Irena Lipińska

This piece is composed of Byzantine and Sardinian hymns and Georgian and Orthodox fragments of liturgy collected over many years by Teatr ZAR during its expeditions to the Middle East in the footsteps of Juliusz Słowacki. The journey of Anhelli, who is accompanied by his own soul, resembles passing the realms of Dante’s Inferno. In the final scene Anhelli falls, repeatedly stricken by a supernatural force. The bodies of his comrades fall with him and as they hit the ground they open their own graves. Anhelli, however, is not allowed to open the earth for his body – he will always remain in internal exile.

The production was first presented in London’s Barbican Centre in September 2009 as the final part of the triptych Gospels of Childhood as part of POLSKA! YEAR in the UK.

The Blind - open-air performance of the KTO Theatre
music – dance – movement

September 8th, 2011 | 9.00 PM
Rynek, plac Gołębi

A scene from the play "The Blind"

source: archive KTO Theatre

The European Parliament Information Office invites you to an open-air performance inspired by the best-selling novel Blindness by the Portuguese Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago. Directed by Jerzy Zoń.

In unexplained circumstances people lose their eyesight. Authorities seclude the group of blind people. The isolated community begins to set their own rules. A fictional story becomes a shocking study of human condition.

Admission free.

European Parliament Information Office

ul. Widok 10, Wrocław
tel.: 71/3376360

Academia Nova Gallery

plac Solny 14 A (patio)

Contact: Ewa Han, (+48) 601 792 607

„The Shroud”. The exhibition of Karol Augustynowicz drawings.

September 9th, 2011 | 6.00 PM
September 10th | 11.00 AM - 3.00 PM

Wash ("The Shroud" )

author: Karol Augustynowicz

Free entrance

The exhibition of Karol Augustynowicz is the cycle of drawings entitled „The Shroud”, inspired with considerations of the author connected with the lapse and with the death. In built by means of the subtle,delicate line compositions we find remembrances of places, objects and situations, which every man leaves after himself - that specific, personal „shroud”, permitting to us still to entertain relations with these which left. Drawings of Augustynowicz delight with the perfection of workshop and the intellectual maturity.

BWA Wroclaw-Galleries of Contemporary Art

plac Kościuszki 9/10
Contact: Monika Tramś, (+48) 508 207 010

„OFF-glass”. Exhibition by Beata Stankiewicz-Szczerbik

September 1-30th, 2011
Monday-Friday | 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM
Sunday | 11.00 AM - 3.00 PM


photo: author

Beata Stankiewicz- Szczerbik is always looking for new creative art solutions. The artist makes a use of charming material which is a glass and creates art works which break by their form the obviousness of used material. An inspiration for the artist are human beings and their environments both the real ones and spiritual ones. Beata Stankiewicz- Szczerbik has her own style and is recognizable artist. Her art works are surprising and make the visitor to get reflection.

Entropia Gallery

Rzeźnicza 4
Contact: Mariusz Jodko, (+48) 508 107 758

Entropy of Art - part 2

installation / objects / screenings / expanded exposition space

September 7-9th | 1.00 PM - 7.00 PM
September 10-11th | 12.00 noon - 4.00 PM

Entropy of the Art

A New Approach to Provide an Irregular Perspective on Changes in Art, Bypassing All Its Divisions and Taking Into Account the Laws of Thermodynamics

Centrum Kultury Zamek

Plac Świętojański 1

Renaissance Fairground

September 11th, 2011 | 3.00-9.00 PM

photo: Serenissima Wratislavia Archive

Free entrance

On the September 11, 2011 in the Lesnica castle and its surroundings, one will get a chance to move back in time to the Renaissance period, circa 500 years back from now. All visitors arriving to the castle will have the opportunity to see the renaissance fairground and the knights’ camp; participate in the games of the Wroclaw plebeians and merchants, as well as eat in the medieval tavern, participate in the witch hunt, watch the headsman working, jesters entertaining and fire dancers performing. The special guests of the fair will be two Italian groups – Il Ballarino (the renaissance dance company) accompanied by Dramsam group, and the Wroclaw-based Serenissima Wratislavia.

Centrum Kultury Agora

Serbska 5a

ZJAZD - film premiere - presentation of the Film Studio CK AGORA

September 7th, 2011 | 7.00 PM

Film Studio

photo: Krzysztof Dusza

Free entrance

Instructor: Artur Pilarczyk - scriptwriter, director

Gangsters comedy invented and created by participants of film class - mainly young people aged 15-18. Everything - from the script and music to direction were made by those young ones.

„Workshop. TV has a screen”. Wojciech Kielar's exhibition.

September 8th, 2011 | 7.00 PM

Exhibition is open till September 30th, 2011

Camp III

author: Wojciech Kielar

Free entrance

Kielar’s paintings play with the form and the medium: huge formats come next to the miniature pieces, puns show up blended into expressive brushstrokes. His paintings, colonized by organic shapes transformed into ‘painted geometries’, seem to imitate magnified photographies of some microscopic objects.
Unless he treats the work of a painter frivolously, he makes an effort to remind us we can perceive things differently than they seemingly appear to us. [Magdalena Zięba]

Drum Project Presentation

September 9th, 2011 | 7.00 PM

Drum show

photo: Krzysztof Dusza

Free entrance

Concert of drums - played by participants of workshop runned by musician - Dariusz Schleicher. A majority of students are girls at the age 12-17.

Artistic Ceramics. Weekend workshop for adults and young.

September 10-11th, 2011 | 10.00 AM - 2.00 PM

Weekend workshops
photo: Krzysztof Dusza

During workshops runned by the artist, participants are making unique ceramic forms: among others bowls, cake stands, flowerpots, jewlery. Fired in the kiln, decorated with glazes, flats are becoming an artistic decorative element.

Instructor: Łukasz Karkoszka - artist of ceramics, ASP Wrocław.

The Bente Kahan Foundation

Bente Kahan: ANI MA’AMIN

A tribute to the White Stork Synagogue

Włodkowica 5
Tickets:, (+48) 71 782 81

Bente Kahan


Ani Ma’amin, “I Believe”, is a new and personal concert by Bente Kahan where she mixes beautiful Jewish prayers with her favourite songs of yearning, suffering and hope.
To join her on this meditative journey, Bente has invited three outstanding musicians, Miroslaw “Carlos” Kaczmarczyk (guitar), Maciej Ostromecki (percussion) and Piotr Iwicki (synth).

Tickets can be purchased and hour before each concert in the White Stork Synagogue. Tickets reservation , phone (+48) 71 782 81 or 71 341 89 47.

Etnographic Museum
Branch of the National Museum in Wroclaw

Traugutta 111/113

Contact: Elżbieta Berendt, (+48) 71 344 33 13, 71 342 12 67

Exhibition "People of Lower Silesia. Memory, culture, identity"

permanent exhibition
Tuesday-Sunday | 10.00 AM – 4.00 PM
Thursday | 9.00 AM – 4.00 PM

Exhibition "People of Lower Silesia..."

photo: National Museum archive

"Theology in paintings. Icons from the collection of the Museum in Supraśl"

Exhibition presented within the framework of the festival "Between the East and the West".
September 7th – October 30th, 2011

Orthodox Chancellery of the Archbishopric of Wrocław and Szczecin

Events held in Wrocław within the framework of the European Heritage Days in Poland.

The National Museum in Wrocław, the Ethnographic Museum, Branch of the National Museum in Wrocław - coordination in Lower Silesia; the National Heritage Institute - coordination throughout Poland.

Ognisko Kultury Plastycznej im. Eugeniusza Gepperta

plac Wolności 9
contact: Maciej Siciński, (+48) 505 094 794

Zbigniew Mil's Painting

September 8-9th, 2011 | 3.00 - 5.00 PM
September 10th, 2011 | 9.30 AM - 2.00 PM

Photo - Z. Mil painting
"Przestrzeń odrzeczowiona".
Canvas, 2001 r.

Free entrance

Exhibition of paintings and drawings of Zbigniew Mil, since 1991 professor of Eugeniusz Gepert’s Art Center in Wrocław (Ognisko Klutry Plastycznej im. Eugeniusza Gepperta we Wrocławiu). Zbigniew Mil graduated Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw in 1985 on Faculty of Painting and Sculpture in professor Zbigniew Karpiński’s class.Zbigniew Mil is very active in artistic life and takes part in many exhibitions in Poland and abroad. He prepares many painting and sculpting projects among others in sacral buildings in Kudowa Zdrój and Strzegom. He is member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers in Wrocław.

Song of the Goat Theatre

Ul. Purkyniego 1, 50-155 Wrocław
tel./fax. +48 71 342 71 10

8, 9 September 2011, 8 p.m.

Information and ticket reservation:
tel. + 48 71 342 71 10 or + 48 71 346 08 13
Tickets: 20 zł (students and groups of minimum 10 persons), 30 zł

fot. Krzysztof Bieliński

“This is a powerful, original take on Shakespearean tragedy. The company’s physicality is dynamic and orchestral (…) there’s an overriding sense of the performers moving as a single unit, its various organs driven by a throbbing heart.”
London Evening Standard, XI 2010

Since its premiere „Macbeth” has been drawing hundreds of viewers from all over the world. In autumn 2010 it was successfully presented for an audience of over five thousand people in six major British cities during the UK Tour.

the play exhibition

7 Sept – 2 Oct 2011
OPENING RECEPTION: 7 September from 7 to 9 PM

Awangarda gallery, BWA Wrocław
Wita Stwosza 32

Organizers: BWA Wrocław
Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej Belgrad
The exhibition continues in Salon of the Muzeum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade: 4/11-4/12/2011

“For, to speak out once for all, man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.”
J. C. Friedrich Von Schiller, "Letters Upon The Aesthetic Education of Man", 1794

Predrag Terzic, izvodenje rada
15 x 25 M

fot. Dusica Drazic

The works presented in the exhibition “For Kids and Adults” deal with the phenomena of play and game, without which one cannot imagine any human community. We are interested in the role played in its dynamics by space (whether real or virtual) as well as spontaneous (i.e. play) and structured (i.e. game) ludic transactions which define it – its emergence, integration, modification and decomposition.

Play is still associated with the culture of free time, which – in modern societies – is separated from what is productive, and dismissed to what is private and foolish. The social experience of the last decade forces us to look critically at that separation, and to perceive play as an inspiring experience in which we act independently from any social control and individual or group purpose, and through which we can gain space for the longed-for freedom.

Analyzing culture as a system of rules, hierarchies, behaviours, decision making, manipulation and accumulation of knowledge, play may be considered an activity through which we can introduce changes to the very system, and operate within it. How we play is preconditioned by the environment, a total system which includes space – political, social and personal. At the same time, play may influence and change that environment. Play also refers to the movement, look, quest, creation – these are “tools” which can be used in the action within a (possible) process.

There shall be a communion between the formal impulse and the material impulse – that is, there shall be a play drive – because it is only the unity of reality with the form, of the accidental with the necessary, of the passive state with freedom, that the conception of humanity is completed. And it is exactly in this sense that the exhibition refers to the play drive (originally Spieltrieb), a term introduced in Schiller's Letters Upon the Aesthetic Education of Man, denoting a formative process which resists time and persists from the first to the last day of man's life. As observed by Ranciere in his Esthetiques comme poitique, Schiller’s revolutionary contribution was to create the idea of political change by revisiting what he called the distribution of the sensible – what and how we perceive with our senses is determined by what we accept as our ascribed function in the community. According to his Letters, the change would be possible if we were to cease perceiving art as separated from life, and play as separated from work (living form).

Playing requires no skills or knowledge, it rather creates circumstances whereby one can independently create or improve physical, social and political skills, and accumulate knowledge. Once you determine the rules, what is merely play turns into a game. In games, motives get blurred, and often to play becomes overshadowed by to win. It creates a competitive urge to be(come) the best.

The exhibition loosely refers to historical contexts of play and game, drawing from the political potential of “action” and transactional character which bonds the community. The explosion of the notions of play and games in various fields, from literature to architecture, coincided with essential political and social changes in this part of Europe in the 1980's and 90's. But the critical and social potential of the play drive had already been crucial in the 60's and 70's. Its subversive edge and potential was revealed in various movements, including Fluxus and Situationists, later followed in Poland, especially in Wrocław, by the Orange Alternative and the group LUXUS, as well as by numerous conceptual artists in former Yugoslavia.

What is displayed in the projects and works created by the invited artists is the formative, economic and political dimension of play and games, with special significance of art in public space and its critical character.

Seminars, lectures and workshops for children and adults will accompany the exhibition.

Nikos Arvanitis, Hubert Czerepok, Marko Crnobrnja, Marija Đorđević, Petra Feriancova, Karolina Freino, Nenad Jeremić, Alicja Jodko (DWF/Entropia), Vladimir Perić, Vedran Perkov, Joanna Rajkowska, Milorad Stajčić, Katarina Šeda, Janek Simon, Kama Sokolnicka, Predrag Terzić, Miloš Tomić, Vova Vorotniov, Zorka Wollny, Martin Zet.

Curators: Dušica Dražić, Anna Mituś, Una Popović i Joanna Stembalska

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