Ukraine - Poland - Europe


The International Festival UKRAINE - POLAND - EUROPE, 14-15 November 2014



combined with artistic and scientific conference "Theatre and drama, and visual arts in post-totalitarian societies of Central and Eastern Europe"

(a joint project of the European Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice" and the Department of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Wrocław).



Thursday 13/11/2014

The arrival of guests

8 p.m. – dinner and music


Friday 14/11/2014

International Discussion Panel "Theater and Drama in Post-totalitarian Cultures of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe".

HONORARY PATRONAGE: Dean of the Philology Department of Wroclaw University, Prof. Marcin Cieński

Organizers: The Department of Theory of Culture and Performing Arts, Wrocław University; Department of Ukrainian Studies, Wrocław University; Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Studies of Post totalitarianism, Wroclaw Univeristy

Partner: Włodzimierz Staniewski and the European Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice"

Organizing Committee: dr hab. Ireneusz Guszpit, prof. dr hab. Agnieszka Matusiak, Aniela Radecka, MA (sekretary), dr Anna Ursulenko.

8.00 a.m. - 9.00 a.m. Breakfast

Theatre conference room at the Palace. Opening of the meeting and welcoming of the participants in the discussion panel by:

9.30 a.m. - 9.50 a.m.  Włodzimierz Staniewski

9.50 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. Ireneusz Guszpit and Agnieszka Matusiak

10.00 a.m.  - 1.00 p.m. Panel discussions - Part One

1.00 p.m.  - 2.00 p.m. Lunch Break

2.00 p.m.  - 4.30 p.m. Panel discussions - Part Two

Moderators: Ireneusz Guszpit, Agnieszka Matusiak

Discussants: Prof. dr hab. Bogusław Bakuła (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), dr hab. Wojciech Baluch (Jagiellonian University, Kraków), Gabriela Bartosiewicz, MA (Wroclaw Univeristy), Sylwia Czachór, MA (Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy, Poznań), dr hab. Ireneusz Guszpit (Wrocław University), dr Maja Harbuziuk (I. Franka University, Lviv, Ukraine), Prof. dr hab. Magdalena Koch (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), Prof. dr Krištof Jacek Kozak (University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia), dr Lidia Mięsowska (Univeristy of Silesia, Katowice), dr Michał Mizera (Warsaw University / the European Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice"), dr hab. Karolina Prykowska-Michalak (Łódź University), dr Miron Pukan (University of Prešov, Slovakia),
Prof. dr hab. Beata Siwek (KUL, Lublin), Włodzimierz Staniewski (the European Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice"), dr Dorota Żygadło-Czopnik (Wroclaw Univeristy)

4.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. Summary of the Meeting: Ireneusz Guszpit, Agnieszka Matusiak, Włodzimierz Staniewski

5.45 p.m.  - 7.30 p.m. The debate "For what do we love the East?", with writer Vladimir Rafiejenko (Donetsk) and literary critic Yuri Volodarsky (Kiev).
Led by Agnieszka Matusiak

Translation: Anna Ursulenko

8:00 p.m.The premiere of SEVEN, directed by Oleg Dracz and his Theatre "Studio ACT" of Kiev - the culmination of the ten-residence at Gardzienice Granary theatre hall

7:00 p.m.  – untill closing - open multicafe / wine- bar, on the ground floor of the Palace

At night - Screenings of Ukrainian films, in one of the rooms


Saturday 15/11/2014

10:15 a.m. – Opening of the exhibition "Maidan’s Pulse" by Oleksiy Karpowycz; photographer (and participant in historical events on the Maidan); Public conversation with the author of the exhibition, exhibition halls in the Palace

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - meeting with Andrzej Stasiuk - Part I: speech given by the writer, with readings; theatre conference room at the Palace,
Part II interview with the writer (with possible break)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. - meeting with Taras Prohaśko (writer, author of the recently published book "The newspapers do not publish this ..."); readings and conversation; theatre conference room at the Palace

In his book Taras wrote some bitter things, weighty and quite not temporary. He is an exceptional figure.

A. Stasiuk

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. - dinner

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. - meeting with Serhiy Żadan (novelist, poet, translator, from Starobilsk, the author of the novel Anarchy in the Ukr.) – presentation, prose readings, conversation, theatre conference room at the Palace

7:30 p.m. – about 10:30 p.m. - Marathon Theater Ukraine - Poland - Europe - the program includes "Gardzienice" Theatere performances: IPHIGENIA IN T... and PYTHIAN ORATOIRO as well as music and Ukrainian songs, interventions of Theatre A.K.T.; All theatre halls, the cottage, cellars, gardens.

7:00 p.m.  – until closing - open multicafe / wine- bar, on the ground floor of the Palace

At night - Screenings of Ukrainian films, in one of the rooms


Sunday 11/16/14

10:00 - shared breakfast with the opportunity to talk, location depends on the weather

Successive departure of the visitors




Theatre and drama in post-totalitarian cultures
Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

Gardzienice, 14 November 2014

From the perspective of the second decade of the twenty-first century we can see clearly that the post-totalitarian society and its culture represent a particular socio-cultural phenomenon with its own distinctive signs that determine its transitional character. Breaking with the old values ​​and development of new ways of self-identification is accompanied by complex mechanisms of updating of both the remembering and the forgetting, for which the resentment and nostalgia for the past are also appropriate.

Culturally crucial factor in these transformational processes turns out to be a generational consciousness. Here is especially significant the reevaluation of the totalitarian past, accompanied by a change of generations, which is a sign of the modern globalized world.
The proposed discussion panel is an attempt to take a broader discussion in the Slavic community around interdisciplinary research on the traumatic legacy of communist totalitarianism, inherent in transcultural context of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe; the heritage, which traumatic experiences have still not been sufficiently worked through historically, culturally or mentally. Adopting of transcultural perspective should foster optimal insight on the nature of cultural identity and values ​​that constitute the individual post-totalitarian societies - both at the macro and micro level.

The intention of the organizers is also to try to re-evaluate the attitude to the so-called “difficult” research problems in neighborly relations of post-communist countries and to look at whether and how drama and theater in these countries react to this "uneasy neighborhood".
The originators of the panel propose transnational analysis of consciousness from the perspective of post-totalitarian generational turn and its importance for the socio-cultural processes of the twenty / twenty-first century turn,  based on the drama and theater in the European countries of the former socialist bloc. As you know, the problem of "parents and children" always renews itself in the periods of great changes when the ideologies fall, and what in turn leads to a crisis of the known, assimilated and traditional forms of life, psychological instability and the emergence of new subcultural identities. On the other hand, as noted by H. Arendt, the experience of totalitarianism becomes even more sore problem when the totalitarianism as such disappears. This is due to the fact that totalitarianism destroys the intimate world of the individual, the personal life of the individual, making him or her emotionally unstable, making any communication between the past and the present (and therefore also intergenerational relations between "parents and children") very difficult.

The ambition of the organizers is that the proposed panel gave an impuls to the emergence of both generic and specific processes that are appropriate for drama and theater in the period of transition and change from totalitarianism to liberal cultural awareness. In contrast, drawing attention to the generational change, treated as one of the key markers of cultural transition period, should allow more efficiently describe the "affected areas" of post-totalitarian consciousness, as well as to analyze, how this awareness marked the European theater of drama after the breakthroughs in the years 1989/1991.
Accordingly, detailed issues that the organizers want to discuss concern the following issues:

  • generational turn as one of the discourses determining the space of key conflicts in contemporary drama and theater of the former socialist bloc;
  • generational awareness in the process of working through the traumatic experience of the totalitarian past;
  • cultural memory and socio-cultural conflicts created by the generational turn after 1989/1991 r .;
  • symbolic grid of concepts and myths by which consciousness is generated in post-totalitarian generation;
  • mechanisms of shaping of the generational consciousness in different historical periods and comparisons of the transition period after the years 1989/1991;
  • cultural idols and fetishes of post-totalitarian generation.

So framed thematic areas are not a closed. The organizers are also open to other research perspectives that can become a valuable contribution to the discussion of theater and drama in post-totalitarian cultures of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.




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