A research seminar on Tadeusz Kantor, held at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, presented a broader perspective on his work and focused on the author's influence on the development of contemporary theatre.
The project also promoted two Polish books on theatre translated into Chinese: Krzysztof Miklaszewski's Encounters with Kantor, available now, and Dariusz Kosiński’s Teatra Polskie which will be published at the end of the year. The programme's main event was a discussion panel at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing with the Polish researchers Krzysztof Miklaszewski, Dr Anna Róża Burzyńska and Dr Lech Stangret. A screening of Krzysztof Miklaszewski's documentary film [email protected] was also a part of the event.
At the new CAD Changping campus, the exhibition entitled Tadeusz Rolke. Tadeusz Kantor was opened (14.10 - 14.11.2015). The exhibition was conceived by one of the most creative curators of the young generation in Poland – Michał Jachuła, and it shows Tadeusz Kantor's theatrical work as captured by the world-famous photographer Tadeusz Rolke. Shown in China for the first time, the unique set of 56 photographs document long acquaintance between the two great artistic personalities, dating back to the 1950s and continued for the next four decades.
UNESCO has declared 2015 the Year of Tadeusz Kantor – April 6th marked the 100th anniversary of his birth. As a theatre director and stage designer, author of happenings and stage shows and a visual artist, Tadeusz Kantor has been recognised as one of the most eminent artists of the 20th century and a highly influential reformer of world theatre. In 1955, Kantor founded the Cricot 2 Theatre, which never existed as an institution but was, in the first place, a unique proposition of avant-garde theatre, combining visual forms with a deeply emotional message in highly expressive shows. In Europe, he was an indisputable advocate of avant-garde art and a staunch proponent of unlimited artistic freedom. Remaining in constant touch with reality, making use of phenomena and the simplest objects, deprived of their original functions, comprising the 'mass and pulp of everyday life', was an important aspect of Kantor's art. Among his crucial productions are The Water Hen (1967), The Dead Class (1975), Wielopole, Wielopole (1980), Let the Artists Die (1985), Today Is My Birthday (1990).
Source: press release
Translated by Paweł Trzaskowski, July 2015, edited by AZ, AW.