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10 July 2019

The students of Shanghai Oceans University will present a Chinese Classical Dance etiude, before the performances of “Shakespeare Shake” by Chinese SISU group as part of ShakespeareOFF.

Clouds in the Forbidden City” dance programme will be presented on 3rd August at 16:45 and 4th August at 18:15, outside the TwO Windows Theatre.

The fluttering fans, swaying skirts, twisting waists and smart breath realize the convergence of elegant, graceful, powerful meaning of Chinese traditional dance vividly, showing the inheritance and development of modern youth to traditional dance.

Cast: Yin Leying, Chen Xuhan, Cheng Yu, Bi Wenyi, Guo Weiyu

Shanghai Ocean University(SHOU) is a multi-disciplinary applied research-based institution of higher education jointly established by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, State Oceanic Administration and the Ministry of Agriculture. In September, 2017, it was selected by Ministry of Education into the ‘Double First-Class Initiative’ program for its First-Class Discipline of aquaculture. The school motto is defined as ‘Diligence, Sincerity, Dedication and Practicality’. It adheres to the philosophy of ‘Fisheries rights are related to ocean rights’. The campus culture is rich and colorful including the holding of college students’ culture and art festival regularly. We will stick to talent cultivation orientation and focus on promoting research and excavation projects on Marine culture to create an atmosphere of culture cultivation with unique Marine characteristics.

Accompanying event. Free admission.

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2 July 2019

imPerfect Dancers Company is pleased to offer to the people of Gdansk this unique workshop. This workshop consists of a journey through pieces of the company’s repertoire. The class implements a movement-game of short phrases that are involving the basics of Matteini-Broeckx’s choreographic language. The intention of this game is that all the participants find a way how to transform their limitations into abilities, exploring the emotional side of one’s being.

We just love sharing our experience and passion for dance. – Ina Broeckx

Dance workshops are a part of the „Summer Shakespeare Academy” during the 23rd Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival
Cooperation: Amareya Theatre
Workshops led by: Ina Broeckx and imPerfect Dancers Company members.

WHEN: 26.07.2019 (Friday), at 16:00-17:30
WHERE: Nowa Synagoga, ul. Partyzantów 7, Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz
FOR: This workshop can be attended by  professionals, amateurs, actors, people that are open minded and want to experiment.

Workshop in English, no translation provided.
Free admission. Places limited. Previous enrolment necessary at: amareya.theatre@gmail.com

Ina Broeckx
Artistic Director and Co-choreographer
Ina Broeckx (born 2 June 1971), a native of Belgium, graduated from the Royal Ballet School, Antwerp (Belgium) and has danced with internationally renowned companies such as the Nederlands Dans Theater II, the Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Opéra National de Lyon and the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza – Compagnia Aterballetto. During her career, she has been fortunate enough to dance in works by world-famous choreographers, including Balanchine, Jirí Kilián, Hans Van Manen, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Angelin Preljoçaj, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot, Itzik Galilli, Jacopo Godani, Maguy Marin, John Alleyne, Karole Armitage, Claude Brumachon and many Others.

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18 June 2019

The Artists and Theatres competing in this year’s ShakespeareOFF are as follows:

Wroclaw branch of the AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow – „The Tempest” (Poland)

The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw / 2nd year of Actors Faculty – „Shakespeare’s Ghosts” based on Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Poland)

Aleksandra Grącka – „Mistress” based on The Taming of the Shrew (Poland)

Caroline Pagani – „HAMLETELIA” based on Hamlet, Antonius and Cleopatra, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello (Italy)

Hubert Michalak / Tricklock Company – „The Shortest Shakespeare in the World” based on As you like it (USA/Poland)

Piotr Mateusz Wach & Jacek Niepsujewicz – „Kaliban’s Dream” based on The Tempest (Poland)

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – „Julius Caesar” (UK)

Shanghai International Study University – „Shakespeare Shake” (China)

Sławomir Krawczyński – „Hamlet. A Dream” (Poland)

Teatr Bakałarz – „Ecce Homo” based on Macbeth, King Lear, Julius Caesar and „Faustus” by Ch. Marlowe (Poland)

Teatr Polski in Poznan / Primary School No. 83 „Łejery” in Poznań – „A Small Premiere – Hamlet” (Poland)

Teatr R3 – „RYSZ\\\ARD” based on Richard III (Poland)

photo by Monika Soja, provided by Bakałarz Theatre

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27 May 2019

Professor Jerzy Limon, the Artistic Director of the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival explains the origin of the Shakespeare’s Contemporaries idea which enriches the programme of the event this year and is likely to become a permanent part of the festival.

Elizabethan age was a time of extensive development of theatre in different countries, not exclusively England, but also Spain, France and Germany. Even though it was Shakespeare who outshines all the other playwrights of his time, there were many interesting texts which appeared both in his home country and abroad. The “Shakespeare Contemporaries” thread to the festival originates from the need to present those others, historically important, theatrical phenomena. This will enable to present more precise characteristics of the Elizabethan era, in order to show a wider spectrum of its culture.
I am convinced that such a fresh idea accompanying the festival programme will enrich the event and show, that Shakespeare was not the only one, even though poetically unsurpassed and undeniably great. This thread should be continued in the coming years as the performances of other playwrights of the era are not very popular, almost never played in Poland, and it worth being promoted.
There are many performances based on Elizabethan drama tragedies of Jacobean era presented around the world, including plays of John Webster, Thomas Middleton and others Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Every year such productions shall accompany the main festival programme.

This year the following performances will be presented within this part of the programme:
“The Knight of the Burning Pestle”, a comedy by Francis Beaumont, playwright of English Renaissance theatre, most famous for his collaborations with John Fletcher. The performance directed by Declan Donnellan, was prepared in coproduction of Moscow Pushkin Theatre and British Cheek by Jowl.
The other performance, also a comedy, is based on a play “Dundo Maroje” by Croatian playwright Marin Držić. The production “Uncle Maroye Re-Examined” directed by: Paolo Tišljarić is a coproduction of House of Marin Držić, Marin Držić Theatre and Midsummer Scene in Dubrovnik.

The photograph comes from the performance “The Knight of the Burning Pestle”, Cheek by Jowl/ The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre, fot.: Johan Persson.

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24 May 2019

Mainstage presentations of this year’s festival comprise performances based on William Shakespeare’s texts, inspired by The Bard’s plays, but also the ones based on Shakespeare’s contemporary playwrights. The latter idea is to be developed also in the following years.

The Programme of 23rd Festiwal includes the following performances:

As You Like It”, directed by Krystyna Janda, Wybrzeże Theatre, Gdansk, Poland

Lady Macbeth”, choreography: Walter Matteini & Ina Broeckx, imPerfect Dancers, Italy

Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” by Tom Stoppard, directed by Tapaszto Erno, Aradi Kamaraszinhaz with The Tiger Lillies, Hungary/Romania /UK

Romeo & Juliet”, directed by Lusine Yernjakyan, Yerevan Chamber State Theatre /Armenia

Uncle Maroye Re-examined” by Marin Drżič, directed by Paolo Tišljarić, coproduction of House of Marin Držić, Marin Držić Theatre and Midsummer Scene, Croatia /UK

Titus Andronicus”, directed by Igor Vuk Torbica, Zagrebačko kazalište mladih (Zagreb Youth Theatre), Croatia

Rome”, based on Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Anthony and Cleopatra, directed by Karin Henkel, Deutsches Theater, Berlin, Germany

The Knight of a Burning Pestle” by Francis Beaumont, directed by Declan Donellan, Cheek by Jowl/ The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre, Russia/UK

Additionally – concert of the British trio The Tiger Lillies.

That’s not all, as long as the Festival’s Mainstage programme is concerned, the Golden Yorick Competition is in progress (for the best Polish Shakespeare’s Adaptation of the season) and the competition finalists will be announced in mid June.

Photo above comes from the performance “Rom” (Rome), Deutsches Theater, Berlin, photo by Arno Declair;

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18 April 2019

We are waiting for your presentation offer until 26th May!

The 4th edition of ShakespeareOFF Competition has commenced. This year the competion is a part of  „Shaking the Walls” project co-financed by Creative Europe Programme of European Union. The main theme of the competition is therefore to give an artistic shape to various kinds of real and metaphoric walls that divide people and communities: individuals, social and racial groups, nations and countries. The competition is a part of the 23rd Gdansk Shakespeare Festival taking place from 26th July to 4st August 2019, organised by the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation.

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