Institutions, but what kind of institutions? Other models in the performing arts
December 8, 1.50 p.m. – 3.20 p.m., Big Stage of Powszechny Theatre

➤ participants:
– Alina Gałązka – Komuna Warszawa
– Adam Ziajski – Theatre Residence Centre Scena Robocza
– Katarzyna Knychalska – „nietak!t”
– Joanna Leśnierowska – Arts Station Foundation 

➤ moderator: Grzegorz Reske

The aesthetics of theatre and performing arts changes very quickly. We notice and define new means of expression and technical innovations, but also new forms of cooperation between artists and strategies of establishing dialogue with viewers. At the same time, this debate lacks a deeper reflection on institutional changes. From the perspective of nearly three decades, since the start of administrative changes in Poland, what emerges is a uniform image of institutions, lacking variety.

Some time ago Komuna Warszawa wrote in its manifesto: “The structure of Polish theatre based on the traditional structure (team-staff-stable funding) is becoming increasingly anachronistic in the world of art which values ephemeral personal constellations and a liberal mix of creative strategies”.

The value of traditional repertoire theatre with a stable team in the Polish cultural landscape is undeniable. But it is surely worthwhile to consider this model alongside others, coming from the independent directors, whose work methods do not fit the rigid structure of the repertoire theatre.

In order for anything to change in this situation, we need dialogue and wise cooperation of all parties: artists and the public, politicians (those planning nationwide cultural policies) and local administrators (managing public funding), art critics and theoreticians. We need the participation of current public institutions.

Let us begin the conversation by giving the podium to pioneers, who despite financial and administrative difficulties, strive to implement new models of artistic activity.