The Polish company Song of the Goat Theatre, widely regarded as one of Europe’s most innovative training-based theatre companies, returned to Battersea Arts Centre with the London premiere of Songs of Lear after having entranced audiences with Return to the Voice in 2014. Songs of Lear was widely acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012 where it scooped both a Fringe First and Herald Archangel Award. The play is a non-linear dramatic event that shows the world of subtle energies and rhythms that govern Shakespeare’s tragedy. The ensemble members have chosen crucial scenes from King Lear to weave a story out of gestures, words and music. Each song is a starting point for another ‘dramatic poem’ and the music becomes characters, relationships and events.
Song of the Goat Theatre Company is deeply rooted in the best traditions of Polish avant-garde theatre, counting Swinarski, Kantor and Grotowski as its influencers. However, this physical theatre company draws from intercultural explorations such as European traditions of Latin polyphonic music and North African Coptic music from Egypt. Its cast is also truly international with actors hailing from UK, Poland, Iceland, Italy, and Greece.
The Songs of Lear performances at the Battersea Arts Centre are co-produced by the Polish Cultural Institute in London and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
13th KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival
KINOTEKA, the annual celebration of Polish Cinema, returned to the capital for the 13th edition with an enticing mix of film, music and visual arts with an outstanding selection of screenings, UK premieres, curated retrospectives, exhibitions, concerts, interactive workshops, industry masterclasses and special guests encompassing all aspects of Polish film culture. 13th KINOTEKA was presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in London in partnership with DFDS Seaways, Pola Arts Foundation and Stock Spirits, and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
In 2015 KINOTEKA is partnered with Filmhouse Edinburgh and BFI Southbank on an exciting new collaboration for the UK tour of Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. 21 masterpieces, chosen by Scorsese himself, all brilliantly restored and digitally rem astered to 2K resolution. The season showcased films made in post-war Poland, by directors such as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrzej Munk, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Wojciech Jerzy Has, Aleksander Ford, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and others.
The ICA played host to KINOTEKA’s New Polish Cinema strand from 10th April with a selection of both popular and critically acclaimed contemporary Polish films from the last year. KINOTEKA also showcased the breadth of original, innovative documentary that has come out of Poland: Wojciech Wiszniewski Rediscovered, Paweł Pawlikowski’s early documentaries, and works of emerging Polish documentary filmmakers, Aneta Kopacz and Tomasz Śliwiński who have been Oscar® nominated for 2015 Best Documentary Short Film category.
In conjunction with Martin Scorsese presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, KINOTEKA and BFI Southbank will hosted an exhibition of original poster artwork celebrating the films of legendary director Andrzej Wajda. Tate Modern screened The Performer by Łukasz Ronduda, a dynamic story full of punk energy based on the life of Oskar Dawicki, one of the most original contemporary Polish artists currently working.
13th KINOTEKA drew to a close with a special screening of cult Polish comedy The Cruise (1970) at the ICA (29th May), to mark Second Run’s DVD release. Taking inspiration from the film’s subject, festivities continued with an authentic boat ride on the Thames, for a 70’s-themed interactive performance created by immersive UK theatre group Gideon Reeling, with live jazz by Obara International and DJ set that closed the evening.
13th KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival Trailer (8 April - 29 May 2015)
13th Kinoteka Opening: Krzysztof Zanussi at BFI Southbank
DVD Box Set Polish Cinema Classics Vol III
Third edition of the critically acclaimed box set featuring Piwowski's "The Cruise", Zanussi's "Camouflage" and Marczewski's "Shivers". Gathering together three of the finest Polish films of the 1970s and 80s, this special edition box set contains these celebrated films fully restored in new HD masters and released for the first time ever in the UK.
THE CRUISE (Rejs, 1970): Regarded as Polish cinema’s first ‘cult’ film, Piwowski’s absurdist comedy parodies life in the (then) People's Republic of Poland, reducing a weekend river cruise to a hilarious satire of the entire Communist system. Piwowski's gift of observation, humour and an acute awareness of national pathology have made THE CRUISE one of Poland’s most popular and widely-known films of the 1970s.
CAMOUFLAGE (Barwy ochronne, 1977): A milestone in Polish cinema, CAMOUFLAGE probes the moral fabric of the society underlying Poland's regime. Set at University summer seminar, where personal and professional rivalries and tensions are unflinchingly exposed, Zanussi uncovers layers of corruption, disillusionment, and a confused set of public and moral values, marking CAMOUFLAGE among Zanussi’s finest and most politically subversive works.
SHIVERS (Dreszcze, 1981): Wojciech Marczewski’s powerful and disquieting SHIVERS is a coming-of-age story set in the 1950s at a Stalinist youth camp. 13 year old Tomek is sent to a camp where he falls under the spell of an idealistic but manipulative young woman. An unnerving parable of political indoctrination, the film daringly explores themes of erotic and political fascination. Banned by the Communist authorities just after its release, the film went on to win the Silver Bear Prize at the 1982 Berlin Film Festival.
Published in a collaboration with 13th KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival and Pola Arts Foundation.
Eugeniusz Rudnik & Polish Experimental Music
This project, organised together with the ICA in London, celebrated the Polish father of experimental and electronic music, Eugeniusz Rudnik. The pretext for the project was the release of the documentary film "15 Corners of the World" written and directed by Zuzanna Solakiewicz. The film received the Critic’s Week Award at the Film Festival Locarno last year (2014) and translates the world of Rudnik’s sounds into a visual interpretation of the sensual and emotional perception of music. The director says: ‘The film is an attempt to hear the music of Eugeniusz Rudnik with your eyes. I have made a film that gives priority to the sound more than to the picture – a film that gives interpretation to the music in order to capture it in pictures – to show sound.’
Eugeniusz Rudnik could not join us at the event, however, he kindly made a personal selection of his own compositions, including his piece written for Arne Nordheim, to be played back on a vintage Lyrec reel-to-reel tape recorder gifted to the artist by Nordheim himself. This music was played after the screening.
The event was organised in partnership with The Wire and Requiem Records, wth kind suport from ZAIKS.
Part of 13th KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival
Eugeniusz Rudnik Q&A
A Cruise Down The Absurd
The cruise, inspired by the iconic film by Marek Piwowski and its absurd humour immersed the audience in a specially commissioned theatre performance by the upcoming British theatre group, Gideon Reeling. Their act was part scripted and part improvised for the duration of the evening and was set in the era of the cult film "The Cruise" building on its aesthetic and the characters as well as the feel of the 1970s communist Poland.
The performance was be accompanied by live music including the world-famous Obara International with their project Komeda, and some new, specially commissioned works followed by DJ set presenting a mixture of 70s party music.
13th KINOTEKA: Closing Night Gala - Teaser
Chrysalis. Polish Fashion Stories
THE FIRST EVER ANTHOLOGY OF POLISH FASHION DESIGN 1945-2015.
A Work of Art, an elegant box containing an eclectic publication of over 40 individually designed beautiful artworks accompanied by short stories on each of Polish fashion creators, starting with Lola Prusac who designed the first womenswear collection for Hermès, through legendary Hoffland and ending on new emerging designers such as Marta Jakubowska.
Digital Platform, will be launched on www.polishfashionstories.com and linked up with Wikipedia pages. We will invite featured designers and creators such as Ania Kuczyńska, Gosia Baczyńska, Anja Rubik, La Mania to contribute to the platforms, as well as, we will design a digital campaign to encourage audiences to send through photos with their favourites Polish fashion designs.
Exhibition ‘Warsaw Calling’ was a response to the enthusiastic reaction of a group of influential British fashion journalists to Poland’s vibrant fashion scene. The exhibition showed the collaborative nature of fashion: designers working closely with textile, accessories and shoe designers as well as set designers to create the ‘end look’ of their collections. Four labels: Ewa Stepnowska, kaaskas, Joanna Wawrzynczak and Zofia Ufnalewska occupy three spaces, inspired by shop windows and Warsaw’s famous 3D theatre the Fotoplastikon. The exhibition – overseen by Studio Design UK with shoe design by Piniak Shoe and surface design by Justyna Medon – richly mirrors Poland’s contemporary fashion scene.