32 Works

Życie, prawo, sztuka – przemoc ze względu na płeć we współczesnej Hiszpanii

Kamila Łapicka
This article is an attempt to present the phenomenon of gender-based violence (violencia de género) in Spanish society. The author describes its presence in three areas – everyday life, legislation, and contemporary drama. An important turning point is the year 2004, when the Act on Integral Measures for the Protection against Gender Violence was adopted (Ley Organica 1/2004, de 28 de diciembre, de Medidas de Protección Integral contra la Violencia de Género), thanks to which...

Dekolonizacja dokumentu

Mateusz Borowski
The article addresses the problem of the so-called documentary turn in contemporary art, especially in those practices that are related to the project of decoloniality. It examines how traditional documentary conventions, which constitute part of the Western epistemic code, are appropriated and dismantled for the purposes of the decolonialization of the image of cultural Others. From this perspective, I analyse the main strategies used by activist artists who seek to expose the typical mechanisms of...


Katarzyna Tórz
The article presents various aspects of the work of the Franco‑Austrian director Gisèle Vienne, one of the most important artists of contemporary European theater in their forties. With originality, Vienne builds complex stage worlds that treat the text only as one of its elements and a separate authorial understanding defining realism. She creates performances combining elements of dramatic theatre, contemporary dance, work with objects – dolls and robots – and electronic music. The article reconstructs...

„Puch marny”? W stronę teatralnej herstorii „Dziadów\"

Zbigniew Majchrowski
Zbigniew Majchrowski looks at the female characters in stagings of Adam Mickiewicz’s Forefathers’ Eve. The author spotlights the socio-economic condition of women in the nineteenth century, which is often overlooked in the interpretive and theatrical tradition of this work. Majchrowski analyses differences in staged presentations not only of iconic female characters such as Zosia or Mrs. Rollison, but also of marginalised, secondary characters such as Ewa, whose monologue was frequently removed from staged performances. The...

Scena i obscena

A critique of the fashionable theory combining the stage (the performing arts) with obscenities, understood as “something that cannot be presented on stage.” The folk etymology of the Latin word obscena, -orum, propagated by Lynda Nead or Carmela Bene, leads to D.H. Lawrence and – even more remotely – to Havelock Ellis and the Latin expression po(st)scenia, meaning “behind the scenes” or (according to Lucretius) “the secret part of life”. Etymological relationship between the obscene...

\"Nie można bezkarnie ważyć się powtarzać czegoś, co było już raz w życiu. Czas zamą cony się mści\". Rzecz o spektaklu \"Wielopole, Wielopole\" Tadeusza Kantora

Justyna Michalik
This article is an analysis of Wielopole, Wielopole by Tadeusz Kantor. It opposes the most well-known interpretations of the play, stating that it is chiefly an artistic diagnosis of the Polish society’s state of mind, unable to liberate itself from the constantly multiplied and reproduced national-Messianic myth that governs it. To this end, the author uses some ideas from Roland Barthes’ Mythologies, and the concept of the holy and the sphere of the sacred by...

Sprawa Józefa J. Polsko-niemieckie spory o reportaż sceniczny Eleonory Kalkowskiej

Anna Dżabagina
The article discusses the background of Eleonora Kalkowska’s best-known play, Sprawa Jakubowskiego [The Case of Jakubowski], 1929. It is also a reconstruction of the work’s reception in Poland and Germany. The diplomatic materials uncovered in the archives, which shed a new light on the trial of a Polish farm labourer sentenced to death in the Weimar Republic, draw out a broader context and the political tensions surrounding the writer’s stage debut. The author of the...

Publiczność w wirtualnej rzeczywistości

Wiktoria Tabak
The author outlines the development horizon for virtual reality and offers a multilevel analysis of Nietota, the first Polish production using virtual reality, staged in a repertory theatre by Krzysztof Garbaczewski in collaboration with the artistic collective Dream Adoption Society. Historical and theoretical reflections are complemented by a report of the empirical studies conducted in February 2019 at the Zygmunt Hübner Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw and an analysis of the reviews of that performance. The...


Iga Gańczarczyk
The article deals with the relationship between dramaturgy and art education. The author wonders about how new trends in contemporary thought on dramaturgy can affect ways of teaching drama in art schools. New methods of work in theatre focused on process, collectivity and interdisciplinarity require a different approach to creating relationships in artistic teams and thinking about individual disciplines in the field of art. What is the role of the art school in promoting these...

Dyrektor teatru. Perspektywa niemiecka

Karolina Prykowska-Michalak
The phenomenon of the German theatre manager – the so-called intendant – is becoming a subject discussed at many levels, from typical academic discourse to media-catchy news about the scandals and abuses committed by this or that manager of a German theatre. These discourses propose a common diagnosis that the nearly century-old model of theatre management is no longer accepted now. My article presents the historical status of the theatre manager going back to the...


Patrycja Cembrzyńska
The first cut-out photomontages by Alicja Biała were created as illustra- tions to the collection of poems by Marcin Świetlicki Polska (wiązanka pieśni patriotycznych) [Poland (A Medley of Patriotic Songs)]. The article discusses the poetic function of editing practices, raises the issue of the folk nature of the artist’s works, and points out their journalistic and critical aspects. The image of Poland that emerges from Biała’s cut-outs is the focus of attention. They are analysed...

Performans jako metoda: patrząc z ukosa na Zachód

Malgorzata Sugiera
Taking as its starting point Ted Chiang’s novella “Story of Your Life”, the article revisits Richard Schechner’s definition of performance as a method in the context of such interdisciplinary research fields as decolonial theory and Black Studies, which search for alternatives to the Western ways of gathering and transmitting knowledge. These emerging fields not only promote situated, local knowledge practices as knowledge ecologies, interweaving theoretical and practical approaches. They also look for relational ontologies on...

Od Tomáša Strausslera do Sir Toma Stopparda. O wielorakiej tożsamości, singapurskim epizodzie i czeskim DNA teatralnym

Agata Firlej
The article aims to present the formal, narrative and structural duality characteristic of Tom Stoppard’s dramaturgy in relation to his biographical experience of changing his identity from Czech to British and being exposed to Central European, Asian and Indian cultures. In the second part of the paper, his work is interpreted in the context of its potential links to Czech culture; the thesis is based on information provided by Stoppard himself, facts about the reception...

Stowarzyszenie, szkoła, spółdzielnia – wielogłos Teatru Węgajty

Magdalena Hasiuk-Świerzbińska & Joanna Kocemba-Żebrowska
TThe text presents the process of transformation of the organizational structure of the Węgajty Theatre and the related reformation of the group dynamics and methods of creative work. In the group’s complex organizational history, the turning point was the loss of permanent institutional support in 2011. After twenty-five years of work under the auspices of various cultural institutions in Olsztyn, the Węgajty Theatre was forced to function as a non-governmental organization. The text shows the...

Zbójcy, psy i kolektywy Franka Castorfa w Volksbühne w latach 1992-2017

Artur Duda
The article is an attempt to sketch the problem of the theatre group in the work of Frank Castor, German director and head of Berlin’s Volksbühne. The aesthetics of cynical, political, and critical theatre adopted by Castorf determined his thoughts about the theater group as a dynamic, constantly evolving category, developed with the contemporary theatre program in mind and in opposition to the theatre as an institution. The author presents the collectives of Frank Castorf...

Kiedy opór staje się normą

Anna Majewska
During a participatory project as part of the RePresentations program, there was a meeting between young people and the feminist Siksa duo. Workshopping gave rise to critical reflections on the problem of how the prevailing order was absorbing the revolution. The author has a look at the course of the project and the narrative the media has built around Siksa, describing the mechanisms for producing the image of rebels and leading to the subjugation of...

Teatr Cricot – suma przybliżeń

Karolina Czerska
This article concerns the evasive work of the Cricot Theater, founded in Krakow in 1933. The author recalls the varied, sometimes contradictory traits attributed to Cricot, introduces the category of “games” to signify a high level of entertainment, and also describes some theater productions and statements that reflect the internal diversity of the ensemble. Among the artists appear Henryk Wiciński, Helena Wielowieyska, Józef Jarema, and Lech Piwowar – some outstanding representatives and co-creators of Cricot....

Czarny, biały, wstyd. Skandal wokół „Exhibit B” Bretta Baileya

Dorota Semenowicz
Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B. The director referred to the phenomenon of ‘human zoos’, i.e. colonial exhibitions which consisted in imitations of Indian and African villages, where half-naked indigenous people were showcased. Despite the fact Bailey explained that his “intention was to raise awareness of systems of racism, objectification and dehumanisation”, the work was considered racist and triggered protests of London’s black community. The article presents both the scandal itself and (by juxtaposing the reactions of white and...

Pionierzy retrogardy. Zespół Handa Gote i jego droga tam i z powrotem

Lukáš Jiřička
The text portrays the Prague ensemble, whose theatrical works are only one part of its vibrant post-dramatic activity. Handa Gote has been operating on the Czech theatre scene since 2005. It is one of the most important groups that developed their theatrical language drawing inspiration not only from surrealists, but also from anthropological research, folk theatre, traditional theatre forms that are linked with the principles of DIY, technological theatre, puppet theatre. They extend their experiments...


Joanna Krakowska-Narożniak
When in December 1958 Joe Cino opened his place on a small side street of New York, he could not have imagined that, in a fifty‑square‑meter space, a radically new, alternative theater movement could be born, named “Off‑Off‑Broadway” almost immediately by journalists from The Village Voice. Even they, however, introducing a new section under this heading, could not have foreseen that Caffe Cino’s activity would become a turning point for queer performance and, to a...

Árpád Schilling: Strzaskać skorupę teatru

Paweł Sztarbowski
This article covers the work of Hungarian director Árpád Schilling in the perspective of his direct political activities against Viktor Orbán’s manipulations of democracy. The author situates the theatrical activities of this director as a vehicle for understanding contemporary populism. Using the political and sociological categories (like “stubborn structures” or “deep history”), he describes how Schilling generates the vision of politically engaged theatre based on very simple gestures and texts with “deep histories” and how...

Perspektywy peryferyjnej historii i teorii kultury

Dorota Sajewska
Departing from the analysis of the relationship between the birth of the subject of race and the development of capitalism (Mbembe), Sajewska examines the status of blackness in semi-peripheral countries, such as Poland, whose participation in the history of colonial expansion is negligible, as is its influence on the shape and prosperity of capitalism. In her text she proposes to look at peripheral cultural practices as ways of producing and problematizing knowledge. She focuses her...

Angélica Liddell: od psychoanalizy do polityki – i z powrotem

Ewelina Topolska
This article aims to introduce the Polish public to the work of Angélica Liddell, one of the best-known faces of European theatre in recent years. While the artist has been professionally active since the late 1980s and has created (as a playwright, director and main actress) a few dozen original performances, for most of her stage life she has been saying the same thing: that the only truth worth knowing is the truth coming from...

C.U.K.T. – (techno)transformacja. Historia pewnej próby terenowej

Łucja Iwanczewska
This article covers the work of social arts group C.U.K.T,, which was active in the 1990s. The author situates the phenomena she addresses in the framework of discourses on the Polish transformation. Using the example of C.U.K.T., she inquires into how techno music of the 1990s intersected with post-transformation capitalism, technologies with the project to generate civic and social involvement, and the art market with non-institutional art interventions. She also wonders to what extent the...

Teatr owadów

Monika Żółkoś
This article addresses the issue of the culture construction of visual experience focused on the world of insects. Various situations of observing these creatures have been framed in the context of a cultural theory that uses performative practices, such as training bees or flea circuses. An important aspect of this article concerns the technologies that facilitate a precise image of insects, such as the microscope or photography. This allows us her to explore epistemological questions...

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  • Jagiellonian University
  • University of Warsaw
  • Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw
  • Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts
  • University of Gdańsk
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University
  • University of Zurich
  • Silesian University of Technology
  • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań