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31 August 2020

ShakespeareOFF 2020 Competition Finalists were selected!

The Secection Board of the ShakespeareOFF 2020 Competition – Jerzy Limon (Artistic Director of Gdansk Shakespeare Festival), Katarzyna Knychalska (ShakespeareOFF Curator 2020) and Joanna Śnieżko-Misterek (Festival Coordinator) – has selected 10 of the 22 projects submitted for presentations at ShakespeareOFF strand which is a part of 24th Gdańsk Shakepseare Festival (on 20-28th November 2020). The selected presentations will compete for the ShakespeareOFF awards.

The following presentations have been selected:

„Aktorzy przyjechali”  – Wiesław Cichy i Marek Kocot, Wrocław, Poland

„Burza”  – Teatr Makata, Warszawa, Poland

„I come to you River. Ophelia fractured” – Studio Kokyu, Wrocław, Poland

„Mobbing Dick (Shakespeare’s Lovers)” – Caroline Pagani, Italy

„Nazwisko” – Prokopiuk&Kraińska, Bytom, Poland

„OTELLO  TONIGHT!” Teatr Przedmieście, Rzeszów, Poland

„OtHello” Parrabbola, Great Britain

„Po Otellu” Teatr Strefa Otwarta (Anna Rakowska i Piotr Misztela), Wrocław, Poland

„stormy protest song” – Monster Hurricane Wihajster (Monika i Hubert Wińczyk), Poznań, Poland

„TEFILIN” – Bartłomiej Gąsior, Warszawa, Poland

The abovementioned presentations will be assessed by the ShakespeareOFF Competiton Jury comprised of: Anda Rottenberg, Piotr Cieplak, Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, appointed by Jerzy Limon, the Director of Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre.

There will be 13 shows altogether presented in ShakespeareOFF strand selected in two competitions: The ShakespeareOFF Competition (10 shows mentioned above) and 3 shows selected in the support of artistic productions competition. The latter are not assessed by the Jury.

ShakespeareOFF is a festival strand of fringe presentations since 2016 run as a competition. In the last two years it has also been a part of “Shaking the Walls“ project co-financed by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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10 May 2020

ShakespeareOFF 2020 Competition deadline is prolonged until 30 July 2020!

Due to the fact that the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival has been postponed this year as the result of Covid-19 pandemic, the ShakespeareOFF Competition dealine has also been prolonged. We are waiting for your artistic event application until 30 July 2020, 15:00 (Warsaw time: CET+1).

The Regulations has also been amended considering the difficulties of Covid-19 situation, and therefore the application do not need to include the video recording of the show, but may take a form of a detailed description of the project/script.

ShakespeareOFF Competition 2020 (for the presentation of artistic events)
The aim of the Competition, established in 2016, is the selection and presentation of the most interesting artistic events based on, or inspired by, the works of William Shakespeare, produced by independent artists from Poland and abroad. The shows selected will be presented as part of the ShakespeareOFF programme at the 24th Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival, and evaluated by the Competition Jury. The total prize fund is 15000 PLN. The application deadline is 31 July 2020. Please apply at:

ShakespeareOFF 2020 is a part of ”Shaking the Walls” project, co-financed as part of European Union’s Creative Europe programme. The aim of the project is the artistic interpretation of walls, divisions, borders – physical or metaphorical – everything that separates people from each other, both individuals, as well as social or ethnic groups, including nations and countries. The topic of ”Shaking the Walls” project is the keynote theme of ShakespeareOFF 2020.


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21 April 2020

Competition Board of the new ShakespeareOFF Competition – Support to Polish Artistic Production has selected the following projects to be subsidized:

  • BU FILM  „Glorious Summer”
  • Kolektyw Kejos – „Epitafium Błazna”
  • Kolektyw Kobietostan – „Ofelie”

The performances will have their premieres during the 24th Gdansk Shakespeare Festival taking place on 20-28 November 2020.

Moreover, two stand-by projects were selected providing any of the above productions could not be realized due to pandemic situation we are facing. There are the following productions:

  • Grupa MASH „romeo & juliet. $RAVEdefinition$”
  • Teatr Alatyr „Perykles, książę Tyru”

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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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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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