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22-25.09 // New Scenography Festival 2016

New Scenography Festival

Places - Non-Places

22-25.09.2016

 

 

Preface
Our thoughts - and we ourselves - circulate among motorways, petrol stations, hotels, commercial centres and holiday resorts which, by virtue of their indistinctness, reduce us to the role we play in them. In many cases, we willingly accept this. We rarely visit true places, because daily life takes us along other beaten tracks. Places force us to contact our selves and the selves of others, unmitigated by collective behaviour pattern and spatial arrangement, transgressing invisible borders. Places speak to us powerfully then, frequently making us retreat into the comfort of non-places, such as chain stores, which - at every geographic location - allow us to be oneself by being like everyone else.
At the other extreme, there are PLACES which focus history like a lens, which anchor our identity and help us orient in time, space and structure of the world. But there are also places which slowly and imperceptibly withdraw from the streets of our cities under the pressure of non-places and the sense of comfort the latter engender and we crave.  They cave in, lose their lustre and peel off in our memory, ultimately ceasing to attract our attention. They become just a geometry of space, a point on the map, a mass without content. The remains of particles of their uniqueness evaporate before our very eyes, leaving empty shells standing in an architectural sequence along the streets. Where memory ends, oblivion starts.    
This year, the Festival pits itself against the theme of places which were designed apart from identity, relationship and history, as well as places which – as a result of social, economic and urban transformations – balance at the verge of what is visible, meaningful and transparent. However, we are acting in line with the motto ”let’s rescue places”, rather than ”let’s visit petrol stations”. Therefore, the reflection on the power and the very phenomenon of non-places will proceed through their active negation. We have scenography, costumes, multimedia, as well as the arsenal of identity and history at our disposal and we will not hesitate to use all these to attract attention to the fascinating stories and objects located on our daily route running between two shopping centres. 
In the practical realm, the idea of this years’ festival corresponds to the historical building of Museum Śląskie, located in Aleja Korfantego in Katowice. The grand Art-Nouveau building in one of the main Katowice streets is gradually being abandoned by the employees of the museum, which has transferred its main seat to the new buildings designed in the PLACE of the former Katowice Coal Mine, creating a fascinating relationship between the old and the new. At the same time, the former administration building of a concern belonging to past industrial magnates, then a hotel, a tenement house and - since 1986 - a museum, slowly becomes deserted in the space occupied by offices and studios. The emotionally neutral office interiors, devoid of clear traces of past history and residents, defy oblivion with the last remaining ounces of strength, by retaining abandoned objects and remains of the last past known to them. The future is certain to come; new people will appear, with new functions and new stories, but we do not know to what extent the spirit of the PLACE will retain the remnants. Before the abandoned spaces become ”somebody’s” again, for the time of the festival, we will lend them to eminent scenographers – Justyna Łagowska, Małgorzata Szydłowska, Aleksandra Wasilkowska and Mirek Kaczmarek – who, translating the genius loci into the language of art and emotion, will give them a positive momentum against „belonging to nobody” for four days.  Marcin Liber, in turn, will see to the balcony  – a dubious space, internal and external at the same time, private and public, a pulpit and a tribune, a place and a non-place, from which words changing the course, rhythm and content of history were frequently spoken.  The four-day Bal-con, the festival of balcony texts written by eight outstanding authors, presented by Violetta Smolińska and Mateusz Znaniecki, will reveal the hidden meanings of the museum balcony – which will become an EVERY balcony for the time of the festiwal.

Adam Kowalski
New Scenography Festival Art Director

 

BEFORE NEW SCENOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

14–19 SEPTEMBER   

VIDEO WORKSHOP with M. Włodarczyk

FFt // Muzeum Śląskie // ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1, Katowice

 

16 SEPTEMBER

17.30 // PREMIERE of the theatre performance

„Miejsce zdarzenia. Surrealistyczna impresja inspirowana literaturą kryminalną (Place of the Event. Surrealist Impression Inspired by Crime Literature)” M. Prusak, M. Giergielewicz and B. J. Sowa
FFt // Muzeum Śląskie // ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1, Katowice // underground car park -3

 

17 SEPTEMBER

18.00 // PREMIERE of the theatre performance

„Miejsce zdarzenia. Surrealistyczna impresja inspirowana literaturą kryminalną (Place of the Event. Surrealist Impression Inspired by Crime Literature)” M. Prusak, M. Giergielewicz and B. J. Sowa
FFt // Muzeum Śląskie // ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1, Katowice // underground car park -3

 

20–24 SEPTEMBER  

Masterclass of theatre photography with Adam Golec
FFt // Muzeum Śląskie // ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1, Katowice // al. W. Korfantego 3

 

22–25 SEPTEMBER 

12.00–20.00, INSTALLATIONS 
Scenography Installations: Justyna Łagowska, Aleksandra Wasilkowska, Małgorzata Szydłowska and Mirek Kaczmarek Muzeum Śląskie // al. W. Korfantego 3, 

18:00, MEETING
„Black Box Collages” devoted to the memory of Jerzy Moskal
Teatr Korez, plac Sejmu Śląskiego 2, Katowice

21.00–22.00, THEATRE PERFORMANCE

BAL-CON  dir. M. Liber (p. 1)
Autors of the texts: J. Janiczak, W. Murek, M. Sadocha, M. Kmiecik, M. Cecko, J. Murawski, A. Pałyga, Z. Kadłubek
Square in front of Muzeum Śląskie // al. W. Korfantego 3, Katowice


23 SEPTEMBER 

10.00–16.00 WORKSHOP
Masterclass in light design for beginners with Felice Ross
Muzeum Śląskie // ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1, Katowice (temporary exhibitions room, P-4 

11.00–14.00

FACE TO FACE: NETWORKING DAY

Teatr Śląski im. St. Wyspiańskiego // Rynek 10, Katowice 16.30–18.30 LIGHT DESIGN DEBATE “Depth of Light”
Muzeum Śląskie, ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1, Katowice 

19.00–20.00
Handing out the awards in the J. Moskal Scenography Competition
Muzeum Śląskie // ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1, Katowice // audytorium 

21.00–22.00 THEATRE PERFORMANCE
BAL-CON  dir. M. Liber (p. 2)
Square in front of Muzeum Śląskie // al. W. Korfantego 3, Katowice


24 SEPTEMBER (7th Metropolitan Theatre Night)  

10.00–16.00 WORKSHOP
Masterclass in light design for professionals with Felice Ross
Muzeum Śląskie // ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1, Katowice (temporary exhibitions room, P-4

10.00–16.15 WORKSHOP

Masterclass in scenography: J. Łagowska, M. Szydłowska, A. Wasilkowska, M. Kaczmarek
Muzeum Śląskie // al. W. Korfantego 3 oraz ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1 // Katowice 

16.30–18.30 DEBATE
”Photography Everywhere - that is, nowhere” as part of FFt, combined with the opening of the exhibition of photos by the participants of workshop run by A. Golec
Muzeum Śląskie // the building of the Centre for Polish Scenography // ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1, Katowice / temporary exhibitions room 

18.30–21.00 VIDEO SHOW
Presentation of works by the participants of the workshop by M. Włodarczyk
FFt // budynek Centrum Scenografii Polskiej // ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1, Katowice / temporary exhibitions room 

21.00–22.00 THEATRE PERFORMANCE
BAL-CON  dir. M. Liber (p. 3)
Square in front of Muzeum Śląskie // al. W. Korfantego 3, Katowice


25 SEPTEMBER 

10.00–16.15 WORKSHOP
Masterclass in scenography: J. Łagowska, M. Szydłowska, A. Wasilkowska, M. Kaczmarek
Muzeum Śląskie // al. W. Korfantego 3 oraz ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1 // Katowice