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WITKACY / Two-Headed Calf

A collaboration between CalArts Center for New Performance
and STUDIO teatrgaleria
Directed by Natalia Korczakowska

US Premiere
REDCAT, Los Angeles
October 18-25, 2019

Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival
Krakow, Poland
December 13, 2018

Artistic Director of Warsaw’s STUDIO teatrgaleria, 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.

Supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Polish Consul General Jarosław Łasiński, this is the latest stage of a long-term collaboration between CalArts Center for New Performance, Korczakowska, and STUDIO teatrgaleria.

Photos: Monika Stolarska, Hao Feng




Adaptation and Direction: Natalia Korczakowska
Author: Stanisław I. Witkiewicz
Sets: Salmah Beydoun
Costumes: Marek Adamski
Music: Chris Kallmyer
Lights: Bartosz Nalazek
Video: Kam Ying Lee, Shay Willard
Video Dramaturgy: Janie Geiser
Cast: Ewa Błaszczyk, Priscilla Chung, Symone Holmes, Everett Keeter, Chance Lang, Bartosz Porczyk, Robert Wasiewicz, Terrence Wilburn, Krzysztof Zarzecki