Anna Karasińska, Poland
Monday 30/9/2019 at 7:30 p.m., New Stage
Director: Anna Karasińska
Dramaturgy: Magdalena Rydzewska, Jacek Telenga
Set design and Costumes: Paula Grocholska
Choreography: Magda Ptasznik
Light design: Szymon Kluz
Cast: Agnieszka Roszkowska, Dobromir Dymecki, Rafał Maćkowiak, Maria Maj, Joanna Połeć, Adam Woronowicz
It’s the kind of play that cannot be recounted: it’s micro-theatre by Anna Karasińska.
The man on the bus who held the handrail before me; the person who packed your box of raisins in a faraway country; a man who dived into a river in Chinese Xi’an. What do they have in common? They’re all characters in Fantasia, yet none of them appear on stage. They exist solely in the minds of the director, the actors and the audience.
Let’s say we organized a meeting of a certain number of people who wouldn’t meet otherwise, or wouldn’t notice meeting one another even if they met. It’s hard to say whether they are theatre characters or fictional people. They appear at the contact point between the viewers’ and actors’ imaginations; they interact with each other; accompany each other, and disappear, says Anna Karasińska. Don’t expect roles or elaborate productions. The events play out on an empty stage with the bare minimum of a set. The actors don’t pretend they are not actors; they speak directly to the audience, breaking the wall between the stage and the house.
60 minutes, no intermission
In Polish with English and Czech surtitles
Discussion with artists after the performance in the New Stage foyer.
Anna Karasińska, a stage directress, attended the Władysław Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź and the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Łódź, graduated from the Faculty of Direction at the Leon Schiller National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź. Her student short films, features and documentaries were shown at several dozen festivals around the world, many winning international prizes. She made her theatre debut with her original production of Ewelina’s Crying, staged in 2015 at TR Warszawa as part of the “TR Territory” (TEREN TR) project. In 2016, Anna Karasińska won the Kazimierz Krzanowski promotional award for Ewelina’s Crying at the 51st KONTRAPUNKT Small-Theatre-Forms Festival. In 2016, Karasińska directed the Second Production at the Polish Theatre in Poznań (Teatr Polski w Poznaniu), followed that same year by Birthday staged as part of the micro-theatre at Komuna/Warszawa. In 2017, she also directed another original play at TR Warszawa – Fantasia, which was shown e.g. at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2018, Festival Trans-Amériques, Kunstenfestivaldesarts and Zürcher Theater Spektakel in 2019. In 2018, she directed 2118. Karasińska at the Nowy Teatr in Warsaw.
TR Warszawa programs integrate residents of Warsaw and visitors into the city’s cultural life, joining other theatres and cultural institutions in shaping a 21st-century civic identity and building Warsaw’s international position as an important centre of artistic life. It is a theatre that has carved out a space for itself on the map of Warsaw cultural institutions. The ensemble led by Grzegorz Jarzyna has developed contemporary stage forms and a new language of theatre. A number of artists, actors, producers and managers who are shaping polish theatre today gained their experience while working in the theatre. TR Warszawa’s continuous development and artistic explorations mean that it plays an important role in creating culture. It generates new talents and ideas for the theatre. It raises socially important issues that have not yet been addressed on the stage, and develops the competences of the audience and the professional skills of theatre professionals; TR Warszawa integrates new circles of participants in culture, building solid relations with them in the national and international worlds of art. It engages in innovative forms of dialogue with the audience, performing both on its two stages, TR Warszawa/Marszałkowska 8 and TR Warszawa/ATM Studio, as well as hosting at other venues, in other cultural institutions and organizations, and in non-theatrical premises.
Photo: Magda Hueckel