Agata Skwarczyńska’s Stage Design Awarded in Taipei
Agata Skwarczyńska won the Gold Award in the category of performance design at the World Stage Design held in Taiwan’s capital.
World Stage Design, held this year in Taipei for the fourth time, is world’s most important exhibition devoted to stage design, next to Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Among the 180 best works from around the world selected by the exhibition’s international jury were two projects by Agata Skwarczyńska created for the performances directed by Wojciech Faruga: The Leper. A Melodrama staged at the Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz and Antony and Cleopatra staged at the Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź. Agata Skwarczyńska’s works were nominated in the categories of performance design, costume design and lighting design. At the organisers’ invitation on 9th 2017 July Agata Skwarczyńska also delivered a lecture on contemporary Polish scenography.
Agata Skwarczyńska is a stage, costume and lighting designer as well as a fabric artist. She has created various stage designs for several theatre stages in Poland and across Europe. Since 2008 she has been working with Wojciech Faruga, creating stage design, costumes and lighting for his performances All Saints (2012), The Leper. A Melodrama (2014, Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz), Polish Bethlehem (2013), Balladyna. Flowers Will Not Save You (2015, Dramatyczny Theatre in Bydgoszcz), Ashes Collecting Inside The Sun (2014, Stary Theatre in Kraków), Queen Margot (2014, Polski Theatre in Bielsko-Biała), The Doll. The Best Is Yet To Come (2015, Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw), Antony And Cleopatra (2016, Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź), The Seagull (2017, Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw). She also created stage and lighting design for Paweł Wodziński’s performances staged at the Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz: Krasiński. Un-Divine Comedy. Theatrical Installation (2008), Słowacki. 5 Dramas. Historical Reconstruction (2010), Forefathers' Eve (2011), The Marriage (2012), Thermidor (2015) as well as Iphigenia (2014) staged at the Polski Theatre in Bielsko-Biała. She created stage design and costumes for Kuba Kowalski’s performances West Coast (2016, Stefan Żeromski Theatre in Kielce), The Devil And The Chocolate Bar (2017, Juliusz Osterwa Theatre in Lublin). She has also worked with Remigiusz Brzyk, Łukasz Chotkowski, Bartosz Frąckowiak, Iga Gańczarczyk, Agnieszka Olsten, Justyna Sobczyk, Nils Torpus, Paweł Szkotak, Paweł Łysak and others. Since 2007 she has been cooperating with the 21 Theatre. In 2011, together with Ewa Machnio, she curated and created the exhibition design and concept for the Polish National Exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. In 2015 she was awarded the Golden Mask prize for the best stage design for the performance Queen Margot staged at the Polski Theatre in Bielsko-Biała. In 2016 she was a textile artist in residency in Craft Village, New Delhi, India.