“This is the excellent foppery of the world!”
For the first time in the 27-year history of the festival, the curatorial team, consisting of employees of the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, proposes the international programme
Some of us have been associated with the festival for over twenty years. Some – only a year. But we all love theatre, we know what festivals we would like to attend, what bores us and what kind of talk about Shakespeare interests us. Our proposals are the result of numerous discussions and compromises – from the substantive to the financial.
This year we will show you the last production of Peter Brook, a co-production of our theatre with a world star – Belgium’s Needcompany, as well as another world star, this time from Great Britain – Charlotte Rampling. There will be a flamenco version of Hamlet, straight from Sevilla and two Shakespeare-inspired stand-up monodramas from England!
Together we chose the motto for this year’s festival, discussing for hours what Shakespeare meant and what we mean by invoking him four hundred years later. We worked together on all the changes to this year’s festival rules and competitions, we collectively selected this year’s special guests, we suggested workshops, meetings, blogs, spoilers, and everything that will be happening around the festival.
With trembling hearts, we look forward to the ten premieres we will see during this year’s edition. We believe that the mission of our theatre, as the organiser of the festival, is not only to present outstanding personalities of the stage and the most acclaimed productions, but also to give a chance to talented artists who need support (financial, substantive, logistical, and providing premises) to spread their wings.
We also see the need to promote William Shakespeare because, people, there is a crisis in the Polish theatre! Directors choose the Master from Stratford less and less. We want to change that.
We are excited about our curatorial debut, but we are professionals – each of us has brought a piece of their own specialisation, both in their jobs or education, to the programme decisions. Among us we have cultural managers with years of experience in international programming, we have experts in Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre working on their PhDs, we have people whose festival memory goes back to the 1990s. We have audience development specialists and those who have asked us this question first and foremost: “will this meet the interest of our audiences?” We also have young and vibrant theatrologists that follow current trends and media specialists that support them.
We welcome you to the 27th international Shakespeare Festival!
Anna Albinger – artistic events coordinator
Maria Gostyńska – plenipotentiary of the director for relationhs with theatre partners
Agata Grenda – director of the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre
Jarosław Grodź – marketing manager
Zuzanna Medygrał – audience development specialist
Marta Nowicka – theatre offer development specialist
Paulina Popiół – PR manager
Sonia Romanowska – manager of Audience Services
Jacek Skolimowski – music scene coordinator
Melania Szymerowska – theatre producer
Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska – deputy director
Joanna Śnieżko-Misterek – festival coordinator
Bartłomiej Wutkowski – graphic artist