The Time of the Poles – Stage Center

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The fascinating and provocative Krzysztof Warlikowski returns to Israel in March, along with Leszek Bzdyl and Malgorzata Szczęśniak to conduct master classes at Stage Center. Performing and creative artists in the fields of theatre, dance and stage design are invited to apply for the 5 day intensive workshops which will take place March 21 – 25 at the Gerard Behar Center in Jerusalem. Anyone who saw Warlikowski’s production of Hanoch Levin’s Krum, with stage design by Malgorzata Szczęśniak at the Cameri Theatre last April, will understand why Midnight East says – don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore new creative directions.

Stage Center, founded in 2002 as a creative laboratory where artists in different fields can investigate freely and experience modes of thinking and working that extend beyond the mainstream, is collaborating on this year’s program with the Polish Institute in Israel to create this cultural exchange program. Professional artists in the fields of dance, theatre and stage design are invited to apply for the international winter project in Jerusalem 2010 (scholarships are available), which will have a continuing program in Poland and Israel.

The following workshops will be offered:

Acting and Creating in Theatre

Conducted by the famous Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski. Warlikowski’s unique and provocative theatrical language has won international critical acclaim, as well as numerous awards. He has worked with Peter Brook and Christian Lupa, and directed theatrical productions in many countries, most recently, “A Streetcar Named Desire” in France, starring Isabel Huppert. In Israel, he directed “Hamlet” in 1997 and “Krum” in 2009, winning the European Academy of Theatre Award for “the new reality in theatre” for his direction of “Krum”.

Masterclass for Dancers and Choreographers in Dance

Conducted by the dancer/choreographer Leszek Bzdyl; a dancer, choreographer, pantomimist, actor and award winning director, both in his native Poland and internationally. Bzdyl founded the “Dada von Bzdülow” theatre group in 1993, and is the group’s artistic director. Dada von Bzdülow’s work is characterized by the combination of different disciplines from the theatre and by the unique language that Bzdyl developed.

Masterclass for Costumes and Stage Design

Conducted by Malgorzata Szczęśniak; a stage designer with an international reputation. She studied painting at the Krakow Academy for Arts. In her stage design, Szczęśniak uses mostly modern materials, and is influenced by modern architecture and painting. For the past 10 years she has been working closely with the director Krzysztof Warlikowski, with whom she has collaborated on over 50 productions. Szczęśniak recently published a book about costume and stage design, and her stage designs have been exhibited in Brussels, Prague and other European cities.

The Israeli artists who will participate in the program will be selected by a professional committee that will include: Michah Lewensohn (Theatre) Naomi Fortis (Dance) and Roni Toren (Set Design). As part of the program to encourage cultural exchange between Israel and Poland, an outstanding student will be selected from each class and sent to Poland, for a tour of studies and encounters with Polish artists.

“The Jerusalem Project” of Stage Center is an annual event that enables local artists to participate in master classes with leading international creators in different cultural fields. The project, which takes place in the Gerard Behar Center in Jerusalem, will take place for the 6th time this year. This year, for the first time, at the initiative of the Polish Institute, the project will host three creators from one country, and will promise excelling participants future collaboration. The project is supported by the Bracha Foundation, The Jerusalem Municipality, The Jerusalem Foundation, The Ministry of Culture and The Polish Government.

For further information contact the Stage Center: 03-6241654

Image credit: Photo of Krzysztof Warlikowski by Elizur Reuveni

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