WITKACY / Two-Headed Calf

A collaboration between CalArts Center for New Performance
and Teatr Studio
Directed by Natalia Korczakowska
Walt Disney Modular Theater
California Institute of the Arts
Thursday, November 29 – Saturday, December 1

Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival
Krakow, Poland
Thursday, December 13

Artistic Director of Warsaw’s Teatr Studio, Natalia Korczakowska is recognized as one of the most exciting theater artists emerging from Eastern Europe. Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (popularly known as Witkacy) was a Polish playwright, painter, novelist, philosopher and avant- gardist. In WITKACY / Two-Headed Calf, a company of Polish and CalArts artists explore Witkacy’s work against the endless and wild California nature. The plot unfolds through the journey of a neurotic boy and his family from New Guinea through Sydney to the desert.

Witkacy believed that nature can be a source of metaphysical experience that gives us a chance to protect our individuality from the soulless social machine of Western civilization. WITKACY / Two-Headed Calf is a journey from Poland to the California desert — and also a journey into the depths of oneself.

Financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, within the scope of the Multi-annual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2022, as part of the “Cultural Bridges” subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. CalArts Center for New Performance received additional support for this collaboration from Trust for Mutual Understanding. 

This project marks the third stage of a long-term collaboration between CalArts Center for New Performance, Korczakowska, and Teatr Studio.