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Kielce International Theatre Festival

The idea of ​​the festival is to create a space of multicultural dialogue through the presentation of varieties of contemporary theatre and dramaturgy of European countries. The festival is intended to be a platform for meetings of professionals and theatre lovers, and is guided by the mission of broadly defined integration of European culture and the theatre community. But most importantly, it gives viewers of the city and region the opportunity to learn about important performances.

2. Kielce International Theatre Festival

This festival has no main theme. Instead of inventing it and looking for spectacles compatible with it, we went another way – we chose performances that we like and which seem important to us. We hope you will share our taste.

The spectacles which will be presented at the 2nd Kielce International Theatre Festival are as various, as the last theatrical seasons were. Nevertheless, an attentive viewer will notice that they have some features in common. We gives you two simplest hints. The Odysseus from „Iliad” wanders to finally return home. The heroine of „Zapiski z wygnania” wanders because she was brutally driven from the place where she was born and grew up. In turn, the main characters of  „Być jak Beata” and „Bądź taka, nie bądź taka” are linked by the fact that they both are iconic vocalists, whose careers peaked in the ‘80s.

We would like to draw your attention to one of these performances. When we first saw „Iliada” – a co-production of three Slovenian theatres, at one of the festivals, we were captivated by the musical aura of this performance. The spectacle got a standing ovation from critics, directors and viewers – groups which view of the theatrical aesthetics is usually different. This rare sight confirmed our belief that Polish viewers should see „Iliad” once again. The rain of awards and the list of stages on which this performance was shown is extremely impressive and its director, Jernej Lorenci, is one of the most important creators of European theatre now. It is worth to mention that the story contained in Homer’s epic takes on a surprisingly modern dimension in his performance.

History, but much closer to us, is also the subject of the award-winning monodrama by Krystyna Janda. The painful story of an expelled Jew must be particularly distressing in Kielce.

We intentionally save a contemporary dance performance that will come to Kielce from Spain for last. Dance has appeared in the repertoires of theatre festivals for years, enriching its offer and making the viewers familiar with new forms of expression. We hope that it will happen this time.

Marcin Zawada, festival selector

Co-financed by the Marshal’s Office of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.


1. Kielce International Theatre Festival

The main theme of the 1. Kielce International Theatre Festival will be a young man in the face of an important life choice. Entering adulthood is rarely done with impunity.

Novice actors of  “Český díplom” have to contend with the totalitarian regime and Czechoslovakia’s system of the ‘60s. Spectacle „roz / CZAROWANIE” from Warsaw evokes the world of childhood dreams and fairy tales and confronts it with the experience of adulthood. In a Hungarian performance, young people from a Russian school in Beslan are witnessing a terrorist attack. Dorota Masłowska’s play „Dwoje biednych Rumunów mówiących po polsku”, which makes an international career, talks about the poverty and exclusion being experienced by Dżina and Parcha, pretending to be a poor. Foolishness gets out of control and ceases to be fun.

The performance from Krystyna Janda’s Och-Teatr in Warsaw will be completely different. „Prapremiera dreszczowca” is an excellent farce about creating a theatre performance by amateurs. Of course, professional actors play them!

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Co-financed by the Marshal’s Office of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship.