A Quantum Leap of Imagination: Krystian Lupa and Krzysztof Warlikowski in Contemporary European Theatre
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In a guest lecture, Dr. Olga Śmiechowicz (Jagiellonian University in Krakow) discusses two prominent contemporary Polish theatre directors: Krystian Lupa and Krzysztof Warlikowski, one of Lupa’s most talented students. Organized by Olga Krasa-Ryabets (email@example.com)
Krystian Lupa is a renowned theatre director and stage designer. Dr. Śmiechowicz focuses on Lupa’s work inspired by dramas and novels of Thomas Bernhard, namely Kalkwerk; Ritter, Dene, Voss; Extinction and Woodcutters.
Krzysztof Warlikowski is one of Poland’s most inventive theatre directors. After studying history, Romance languages and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Warlikowski left for Paris in 1983. There he attended a seminar on Classical theatre at the École Pratique des Hautes Études and studied philosophy and French language and literature at the Sorbonne. He returned to Poland in 1989 and was admitted to the Theatre Directing Department of the State Higher School of Theatre in Kraków, where he studied under Krystian Lupa. The groundwork for his theatre was established around four subjects: Antiquity – the Bible – the Holocaust – Shakespeare.
Dr. Śmiechowicz talks about the productions directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski which were established on classical Greek texts, specifically Euripides’ Electra and The Bacchae as well as (A)pollonia, based on the texts by Aeschylus, Euripides, H. Krall and J. M. Coetzee.
Participants are kindly asked to see the play (A)pollonia before the lecture: http://ninateka.pl/film/apollonia-krzysztof-warlikowski-english-subtitles
Dr. Olga Śmiechowicz is a classical philologist and theatre historian. She is a Fellow at the Chair of Theatre and Drama at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Dr. Śmiechowicz is also a recipient of scholarships from University of Cambridge, Saint Petersburg State University, L’Université Paris-Sorbonne and Universität Wien. She is the author of two monographs on Old Comedy: Stage Poets in Aristophanes’ Comedies (released by Wydawnictwo Bezkresy Wiedzy in 2014) and Aristophanes (released by Wydawnictwo Naukowe Sub Lupa in 2015) – both written in Polish. She is also interested in selected problems in contemporary theatre. For many years, as drama critic Dr. Śmiechowicz has collaborated with Polish magazines devoted to theatre.
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