STUDIO teatrgaleria is one of the premier experimental theaters in Poland, and is a place for inventive experiments conducted by artists representing various artistic domains. With reference to its avant-garde tradition and with Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz as its spiritual father, STUDIO establishes a space for free speech where different disciplines of art intertwine: theater, visual art, music, film. In accordance with the thoughts of the Theory of Pure Form author, the invited artists have an opportunity to carry out aesthetic experiments. STUDIO does not establish a programme, but a PLACE where one can think differently than in the reality programmed by politicians and advertising agencies. STUDIO aims at changing this reality. The starting point will be questions concerning the future of artistic theater in Poland and Europe and, more precisely, how it can defend its position in current social, economic and political conditions. The Artistic Director, Natalia Korczakowska was a CNP artist in residence in the fall of 2017, and returned to CalArts with a team of STUDIO teatrgaleria artists in October 2018, completing Witkacy/Two Headed Calf, which premiered at REDCAT in 2019.
In June 2018, CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP) and STUDIO teatrgaleria launch an interdisciplinary project combining theater, visual arts and contemporary music, implemented in collaboration by CalArts and STUDIO artists. Under the curation of CNP Artistic Director Travis Preston, this developmental residency is a creative response to the tradition and space of STUDIO. The effects of this cooperation was presented on the STUDIO stages and at Plac Defilad during the mini CalArts Studio festival from June 22nd through June 24th, 2018. The project and festival was organized in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
CNP brought an all-star team of artists to STUDIO teatrgaleria, made up of CalArts alumni, faculty, and current students. The artists include writer and performer Marissa Chibas, choreographer Jessica Emmanuel, filmmaker Janie Geiser, composer and sound artist Chris Kallmyer, filmmaker Lewis Klahr, performance artist Peter Mark, director Zoe Moore, writer and performer Daniel Passer, and video artist Keith Skretch. The mini-festival will present nine original works developed while in residence, four community engagement workshops, and three short films. The producing team was comprised of CNP Producing Director Megan E. Carter and CNP Associate Producer Sophie Blumberg.
The CalArts Festival took place Friday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 24th. https://app/public.teatrstudio.pl/pl/aktualnosci/calarts-festiwal-22-2406