In August 2018, Chinese theatregoers had the opportunity to watch two productions performed by the Polski Theatre company from Bielsko-Biała: Humanoid directed by Agata Puszcz and Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya directed by Waldemar Śmigasiewicz staged in Tianjin and Hangzhou.
The company's tour kicked off at the Tianjin Grand Theatre, a venue well known to all Polish theatre lovers in China: it was there where in 2016, thanks to the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Polish Theatre Season took place, seeing over seven thousand viewers watching five Polish productions directed by such artists as Krystian Lupa, Krzysztof Warlikowski and Grzegorz Jarzyna. It is worth mentioning that as a result of the Season, Krystian Lupa was invited to direct the performance Mo Fei based on the text by Shi Tiesheng with a Chinese-Polish cast, staged at the Tianjin Grand Theatre in 2017.
During the tour, the Polski Theatre from Bielsko-Biała presented an eclectic repertoire. The first performance shown was Humanoid – a futuristic story whose protagonist in search of a life partner decides to start a relationship with the eponymous humanoid robot. Later, the audience in Tianjin watched the adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic play Uncle Vanya, whose stage design was nominated for the Golden Mask award in 2016.
After performing in Tianjin, the Polski Theatre company went to Hangzhou, where both performances were staged at the Xixi Arts Center.
The tour was a part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland's regaining independence. Financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage within the framework of the 2017-2022 Multiannual Programme NIEPODLEGŁA, as part of the Cultural Bridges subsidy programme of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Sources: own materials, partners' promotional materials, compiled by ZG, Aug 2018, translated by AW