It has been several decades since the premiere of “Paradise Now!”. Its 1968 performance at Avignon sparked off riots and the photos of stark naked actors calling for an anarchist revolution (here and now!) became iconic of that decade’s rebellion. In its remix of this classic performance, Komuna// Warszawa explores what has since changed in theatre and politics. What is the truth of artistic engagement and what is just for show? Does participatory art make sense? In what ways does art fail to change the world? What is paradise – now? Are we any happier for distancing ourselves from the naiveté of hippie slogans? Two years ago, The Living Theatre was evicted from its New York City venue. Judith Malina – its leader – died on 10 April 2015. This marks the end of an era, but also an opportunity to reach back to that classic of political theatre. The performance includes recent footage of Judith Malina, as she talks of paradise and for the last time performs snippets of her role in “Paradise Now!”.
The Living Theatre – an experimental theatre group founded in 1947 in NYC by Judith Malina, the German-born student of Erwin Piscator, and Julian Beck, an abstract expressionist painter. The ensemble was famous for its uncompromising attitude, avant-garde aesthetics, physicality, and collective creation. Their performances were radical both in form and in their anarchist, pacifist message. The Living Theatre significantly affected the avant-garde theatre movement in the world. Their performances introduced in the 1960s the still popular practice of audience participation. The Living Theatre’s work in the 1960s aimed at social transformation from a hierarchical, competitive structure into a cooperative community. Each performance was conceived as a spark for social change.
14.11.2015, 19.00: Komuna// Warszawa
19.11.2015, 19.00: Culture Hub / La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club New York City
20.11.2015, 18.00: Accompanying conference
18.10.2015: Maribor Theatre Festival + 20.10.2015: Slovensko mladinsko gledališče, Ljubljana, Slovenia
14-15.10.2015 Tmuna International Festival, Tel Aviv
VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/123078418; password: komuna_2013
Project co-financed by the Municipality of Warsaw and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego, Urząd m.st. Warszawy
RE// MIX CYCLE
RE// MIX – remix as a concept comes from the field of music. More than an interpretation of an existing piece, it may nevertheless contain fragments of the original, but such samples function as quotations. A remix is a new piece, which engages with the original through its form or content, entering into dialogue with it, nostalgically recalling it or finding in it new meanings.
The RE// MIX cycle, produced over 2010–2014 by Komuna//Warszawa, involved new interpretations of classics of avant-garde theatre and dance, but also reached into the fields
of film and literature. These works constitute a kind of a cannon, defining tastes and styles, serving as inspiration or points of reference for contemporary artists invited to participate in the RE// MIX project.
The RE// MIX cycle comprised the creation of over 30 performances by recognised artists or their young, promising colleagues, working in the field of interdisciplinary, experimental theatre that draws on physical theatre, dance, performance and visual art, and social engagement. Among the authors of the remixed works are Marina Abramović, The Wooster Group, Pina Bausch, Trisha Brown, Oskar Schlemmer, Yvonne Rainer, Conrad Drzewiecki, John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Jerzy Grotowski, Akademia Ruchu, Andrzej Żuławski, vladimir Mayakovsky, Jérôme Bel, Robert Wilson, Carolee Schneemann, Fluxus, Bertolt Brecht, Dario Fo, Merce Cunningham, Tadeusz Kantor, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and many others.
The RE// MIX cycle attracted extremely favourable reviews with individual performances shown at a number of festivals around Poland and abroad. It has been the subject of two academic theses and a book, and has been recognised as the event of the year in Polish theatre by the country’s leading critics.
The project was initiated and curated by Tomasz Plata.
The cycle revisits/re-discovers diverse figures or events of the recent theatrical past and confronts the contemporary memory of them. Young theatre artists and researchers – archaeologists – uncover the theatre’s “historical heritage” with their own original artistic tools and bring it to light, to the stage, to an audience – thus exploring what has changed.
Dorota Buchwald, Theatre Institute director
The Remix cycle […] is one of the most interesting events in Polish theatre of recent years.
Roman Pawłowski, journalist and theatre critic
“This is definitely one of the most interesting events on the cultural map of Warsaw. (…) The remixes of Komuna are unique!”
Magdalena Zielińska, “Kultura Liberalna”
THE RE// MIX CYCLE
Karol Radziszewski/Dorota Sajewska: RE// MIX Jerzy Grotowski Edyta Kozak: RE// MIX Jérôme Bel Komuna// Warszawa: “Paradise Now?” RE// MIX Living Theatre Wojtek Ziemilski: RE// MIX “The Poor Theatre”, Wooster Group Łukasz Chotkowski: RE// MIX “The Weavers”, Frank Castorf Marcin Liber: RE// MIX “Mtm”, La Fura dels Baus Komuna// Warszawa: RE// MIX “Radio October”, Mayakovsky Marcin Cecko and Krzysztof Garbaczewski: ”Herb Brecht” RE// MIX Bertolt Brecht Kaya Kołodziejczyk: “KK about ATDK” RE// MIX Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Weronika Pelczyńska: “Yvonne Yvonne” RE// MIX Yvonne Rainer Zbigniew Szumski/Teatr Cinema: RE// MIX Pina Bausch Ramona Nagabczyńska: “Accumulation” RE// MIX Trisha Brown Alex Baczynski-Jenkins: RE// MIX Triadic Ballet (Oskar Schlemmer) Weronika Szczawińska:
“Two or three things which I know about her“ RE// MIX Lidia Zamkow Akademia Ruchu: RE// MIX John Cage, “Overpopulation and art” Wojtek Ziemilski: RE// MIX Laurie Anderson, “The United States” Iza Szostak: RE// MIX Merce Cunningham Mikołaj Mikołajczyk: “Tomaszewski Project” RE// MIX Henryk Tomaszewski Teatr Strefa Ciszy: RE// MIX Akademia Ruchu, “Bus” Monika Strzępka & Paweł Demirski: “Dario Fo has sent instructions” RE// MIX Dario Fo Marta Ziółek: “Body Eye” RE// MIX Carolee Schneemann Łukasz Chotkowski: “Now” RE// MIX Marina Abramović