Komuna//Warszawa: “Seven Songs about the Avant-garde”

Guest starring:
Joanna Halszka Sokołowska, Anna Wojnarowska
Lights: Karolina Gębska
Video projections: Adrian Cognac, co-operation: Magda Mosiewicz
Stage design: Piotr Szczygielski
Costume design: Ewelina Ciuchta
premiere: 14 November 2017

The celebration of the centenary of the avant-garde is held under the honorary patronage of Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland. Maybe this is the irony of fate, the sign of the times or perhaps the final signal to place the concept of the avant-garde among the archaeological exhibits of extinct cultures? Authorities usually fight with the avant-garde because the avant-garde usually fights with authorities. The authors are wondering if the spirit of the avant-garde has finally died.

“Seven Songs about the Avant-garde” is an elegy, but also a hymn in honour of the avant-garde. The artists of Komuna / Warszawa will perform a symbolic reconstruction of theatrical scenographies from the 1920s. Afterimages of stage aesthetics of those years will allow evoking the ideas of the theatrical avant-garde from those years – also in the context of political engagement, the act of destroying theatrical illusion and direct conversation between the authors and the audience.

Avant-garde manifestos are often defined as visions of a better world. Yet, sometimes the same manifestos can be interpreted as an escape from the wheel of history that rushes headlong. No matter which of these interpretation is correct, the avant-garde is always directed to the FUTURE.

“Seven Songs about the Avant-garde” was produced by the Theatre Institute as part of the project RECLAIMED AVANT-GARDE.

premiere: 14 listopada 2017



co-production: 
Instytut Teatralny im. Zbigniewa Raszewskiego
the performance is a part of an international project entitled „Odzyskana Awangarda / Reclaimed-Avant-garde”