Season Finale

22 – 28 June 2020

We are reopening! Open Studios, from 22 to 28 June 2020, is hosting a week-long review of projects created in our virtual studio_online workspaces and the stages of our Theatre. We return to staging live shows in mid-August.

[zwin]For the past three months, STUDIO teatrgaleria functioned in a purely virtual dimension, but we have been dreaming of bringing audiences back into our theatre for a long time now. Our audiences have been able to watch broadcasts of live and archived performances free of charge on-line, along with readings of novels, live concerts, educational programmes, involving not just Polish artists, but also some remarkable international names responsible for shaping contemporary theatre. All in all, we produced 67 events as part of 14 separate projects, viewed a total of more than 350,000 times. None the less, we believe virtual forms will never replace the real life experience of actors and audiences interacting with each other.

Towards the end of this season, we thus return to our theatre with a week-long Open Studios programme, a project by Natalia Korczakowska, which is a continuation of the virtual workspaces we organised for artists working with Studio. Workspaces created as part of Open Studios, in both virtual and real-life dimensions, will be open by the following: director Łukasz Twarkowski; Daniel Wetzel, one of the founders of the renowned German collective Rimini Protokoll; pianist Marcin Masecki; Zbyszek Bzymek and Andrew Maillet of The Wooster Group in NYC; visual artist and scenographer Michał Korchowiec; opera singer Szymon Komasa; Lebanese visual artist and director Rabih Mroué along with their guests: Mary Komasa and VTSS, one of the more important names in Europe's underground club scene. The programme includes: concerts on the large stage, installations, projects, meetings with artists, live and online – a detailed programme follows:

Natalia Korczakowska about OPEN STUDIOS:

“When the regular work of an institution is interrupted, and its ability to produce performances and deliver programmes is blocked, we are faced with a crisis – but also with a new, symbolic space for alternative activities which is based not around production by itself, but also education and the creation of an identity for specific places. For me, the key realisation was that during the time of the pandemic the Show moved to the streets, hospitals, media outlets, etc... where it exceeded all our expectations, where we could all become involved, watching it all without interruption. Not unlike the artists in the show La Boheme by Jerzy Grzegorzewski, who sit in a cafe beneath an empty stage and discuss politics. In my experience, every crisis holds the promise of artistic utopia and so I decided to hand this new, symbolic space over to artists for a given time, opening the STUDIO’s studios to them during the pandemic – allowing the development of a range of virtual artistic workspaces. Something akin to an art squat, where artists take over our institution as if it were an abandoned building. This sort of gesture – in a place Szajna called Studio which is now named after Witkacy, deeply influenced by Grzegorzewski and his legend – is in some way a continuation of its inherent traditions.
Ever since Andy Warhol established his famous “factory” workspace in New York, we have enjoyed the tradition of artists in any given district of any given city opening their workspaces and studios to the public, who can then wander from atelier to atelier, conversing with artists about their craft, seeing their works in the context they were created, works which are completed, but also those which have been abandoned, sketches. This is why we had the idea of summing up the first stage of this new form of operating in STUDIO as part of our Open Studios programme between 22 and 28 of June 2020. Subsequent days will be dedicated to one of the artists, audiences each day being able to watch them work and to meet them online and in the Theatre itself.

Open Studios has been established in partnership with the interdisciplinary Greek institution Onassis Stegi.

The finale of the first edition will be a performative conference planned in STUDIO for spring of 2021”.[/zwin]


22-25 June, 11:00am-10:00 pm | THEATRE: Malarnia Stage

Rave simulatorTickets: 20 zł (standard), 10 zł (discount)

As part of his workspace at STUDIO teatrgaleria, Łukasz Twarkowski is using the Malarnia stage to develop an immersive installation as a rave simulator. A special music set dedicated to this event will be created by VTSS – one of the most important artists on the European underground club scene. The event architecture and visual design is the work of Łukasz Twarkowski, in partnership with Jakub Lech. The Simulator has been designed in a way which allows each audience member to have a personalised experience of the event – one by one, they go into a simulator erected up on the stage for up to 45 minutes.

“Recent weeks have made us aware of how quickly our bodies demand certain inputs, and how optic fibre connections are not able to replace the human touch. Can a rave simulator become an aid in sustaining these life functions? An answer to the cyclical need to expose our bodies to rhythmic sounds involving low frequencies?” Łukasz Twarkowski

The installation uses strobe lighting, smoke machines and low frequency sounds.
Krzysztof Kwiatkowski will host a meeting with the artists following the screening.

23 June, 7.30 pm, online FB

[zwin]Michał Korchowiec (visual artist and scenographer) has been working in his own Studio on a series of projects, including an original form of footage shot with a smartphone at close-up range, edited in a way unique to this artist. Korchowiec is interested in the very fact of setting up a symbolic workspace in STUDIO teatrgaleria, as the subject of a range of performative actions, which include:

-planting a tree on the roof of the Warsaw building where the artist lives;
-reading Propaganda by E. Bernays, a book about manipulation and herd management, in which knowledge about human beings developed by Freud is turned against the interests of minority groups;
-editing together a documentary film about invisible rule from materials he has gathered during his journeys around the world and various spheres of exclusion. Fragments of this film will be screened in studio_online.

“Today, I am opening up my workspace, totally thrilled about this. I planted a tree yesterday, maybe tomorrow we can plant a forest...”
Krzysztof Kwiatkowski will host a meeting with the artist following the screening.

24 June, 7.30 pm, Zoom, online FB

“If I was where you are”

[zwin]Daniel Wetzel, the founder of the legendary German Rimini Protokoll collective, has opened the doors to his virtual workspace at STUDIO teatrgaleria wide open to young artists from all over the world (including Latvia, Poland, Mexico, Greece, Turkey, USA, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy, Colombia, Croatia, Ukraine, Japan, Spain, France, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Canada). They focused their work on the performative potential of the ZOOM platform as a theatrical stage, where participants became performers, and the large number of observers the audience. We will be able to see the results of this process, including Wojtek Ziemilski and Anu Czerwiński, as mini-performances.

The presentation will be followed by a meeting with Daniel Wetzel and workshop participants.
English language event.

25 June, 7.30pm, Zoom, online FB

My Body-Image

[zwin] Rabih Mroué - one of the most interesting artists at work today, offering a new and unique theatrical language, Mroué is a theatre director, actor, visual artist and playwright.  Born in Beirut, he currently lives in Berlin. His work covers ground between theatre and visual arts, often combining mundane, real-life material with the fictitious narratives he develops for his performances. His work often plays on the tensions between the live physical presence of the body on stage and images which come to stand in for that body.

As part of the workshops with Rabih Mroué, you are invited to meet him live online on the Teatr Studio Facebook page.
English language event.
Collaboration: Cultural Center Onassis Stegi (Greece) www.onassis.org


26 June, 7.30 pm | THEATRE: Main Stage + streaming FB/YT
End of the World

Tickets: 50 zł

Szymon Komasa used his studio to work on a new form of recital dictated by the events occurring over the past few months. The first step is to give it a dramaturgical direction. The artist has split the evening into four parts: catastrophe, fall, acceptance and new life, inviting audiences to take part in a ritualistic experience: moving from the world before to the world after the pandemic. This will be related by works he has selected by Bach, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Wagner, Karłowicz, Adams and Mykietyn. Szymon Komasa invited the director Natalia Korczakowska to assist in delivering the project. On the piano: Marcin Kozieł; lights: Sasza Prowaliński; narration: Jacek Marczyński.

“I want to go on a new journey with the audience – one now dictated by the world, as it lifts itself up after the tragic events of recent months”
Szymon Komasa.

Meeting with the artists follows the concert: Duża Scena + streaming FB/YT
Host: Jacek Marczyński

Collaboration with the Polish Institute in Vienna.

27 June, 7.30 pm | THEATRE: Main Stage + streaming FB/YT
Songwriter as social alien

[zwin]Tickets: 50 zł 

Andy Maillet and Zbigniew Bzymek, who met while performing with The Wooster Group in A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) , a performance inspired by the work and life of Tadeusz Kantor, have invited Berlin-based singer-songwriter Mary Komasa to participate in a one-time, live-physical, interactive experimental concert in which Bzymek, a 12-year veteran of The Wooster Group, will project a series of questions, designed to demographically demask a surgically-masked audience. Komasa and Maillet interject with intimate performances of songs chosen for their interior emotionality and written in spaces hermetically-sealed off from society. The performance attempts to “open the studio” to a process that is by nature deeply personal and closed, and inquires what it means to“share” outside of the digital social information space, creating instead a temporary utopian community attending to an individually-based song art. 

music: Mary Komasa and Andy Maillet (Amai); videoart/ direction: Zbigniew Bzymek; guest: Mary Komasa; costumes: Zosia Komasa; lights: Aleksandr Prowaliński


28 June, 6.00 pm | THEATRE: Main Stage + streaming FB/YT

Marcin Masecki Jazz Trio

[zwin] Tickets: 50 zł

On April and May afternoons, during the time of the pandemic, Marcin Masecki invited audiences and listeners to his home for a series of unique interpretations of classic works and discussions surrounding them (“The golden period of European classical music”), and then for a similar adventure with jazz music (Series “Golden age of American jazz”). On the 28th of June he will play live, no longer from his apartment, but on the Duża / Large Stage at STUDIO teatrgaleria with the percussionist Jerzy Rogiewicz and contrabassist Piotr Domagalski, with whom he created the Marcin Masecki Jazz Trio. This band, which does not play often, but sounds like it has been performing for ever and a day, will play Masecki's own compositions. This unique concert is a symbolic closing of Marcin Masecki's virtual workspace and the finale of our theatrical season.

Concert followed by a meeting with the artists: Duża Scena + streaming FB/YT
Host: Krzysztof Kwiatkowski