How and why should theatre function if “staged” online? Is it possible to transfer the theatrical stage into the virtual world? Our work is after all based on direct contact with people. Perhaps during times of pandemic artists should leave the stage, as in the case of Jerzy Grzegorzewski's La Boheme? Especially seeing as the Performance is now being played out somewhere else.
We are not politicians, teachers or spiritual leaders. We are artists, able to develop theatrical languages while quarantined, of seeking alternative forms of communication with audiences. This is why, while we are unable to deliver our programme live upon our stages, we are creating a utopia – turning studio_online into symbolic, virtual “workspaces” designed to allow artists to continue creating and delivering works in line with the intentions of those who originally gave Warsaw's Witkacy Theatre the additional “studio” moniker.
Studio_online begins by opening these workspaces to the following artists: Zbyszek Bzymek and Andrew Maillet, Marcin Masecki, Łukasz Twarkowski, Rimini Protokoll, Małgorzata Wdowik, Rabih Mroué, Michał Korchowiec.
This initiative is valuable to us on both artistic and social levels. Our aim is to create a collective which rises above the divisions deepening during the current time of crisis. We wish to bring a divided arts community together with audiences being antagonised by politicians. This exchange of ideas overrides the process of separate camps being set up, being a playful sort of game, so very much needed in a time of chaos, when civic rights being threatened.