komuna// warszawa

Komuna Warszawa is one of the most important independent avant-garde theatres in Poland, experimenting at the borders of performing arts, video-installation and music.

In its original text-based works, Komuna Warszawa explores key issues of the contemporary world, ceaselessly seeking new forms and means of expression. Komuna Warszawa has taken part in some of the most important festivals in Poland and the world, performing at such venues as La MaMa in New York City, HAU in Berlin or 104Centquatre in Paris.

Komuna Warszawa is also a production house where different art worlds meet – Komuna has produced performances by both mainstream theatre artists (Grzegorz Jarzyna, Monika Strzępka and Paweł Demirski, Michał Borczuch, Markus Öhrn) and by rising stars of the Polish dance and performative scene (Marta Ziółek, Paweł Sakowicz, Iza Szostak, Ania Nowak, Cezary Tomaszewski).

Komuna Warszawa co-operates with curators for the performing arts and music sector, the result being interesting projects dedicated to one specific issue, e.g. We, the Bourgeois, The Future or the ongoing series Pre-war/War/Post-war and Musicals. Musicals.

One of the most important projects to generate critical acclaim and audience interest was the pioneering attempt at an “archaeology” of performing arts known as RE// MIX. Over a period of four years created performances in direct response to past masterpieces of performing arts avant-garde. A hit of the 2016–2017 Warsaw theatre scene was a series titled MicroTheatres: performances by various artists of no more than 16 minutes with at most four participants, using no more than four lights, two microphones and one projector. As a result, as many as 16 microshows were created, which addressed such issues as the nature of theatre, at the same time struggling with formal and financial limitations.

Komuna Warszawa is also an important venue for theatre performances, as well as performance art pieces, lectures, film and video-art screenings, concerts and discussions.