Niedokończony dom, przemieszczający się ludzie, ruchome granice / european songlines, Wrocław, ESK 2016, Dworzec Świebodzki

31.08.2016-10.09.2016 DWORZEC ŚWIEBODZKI WROCŁAW

"List do ludożerców"

Tadeusz Różewicz

"Kochani ludożercy nie patrzcie wilkiem na człowieka który pyta o wolne miejsce w przedziale kolejowym

zrozumcie inni ludzie też mają dwie nogi i siedzenie

Kochani ludożercy poczekajcie chwilę nie depczcie słabszych nie zgrzytajcie zębami

zrozumcie ludzi jest dużo będzie jeszcze więcej wiec posuńcie się trochę ustąpcie

Kochani ludożercy nie wykupujcie wszystkich świec sznurowadeł i makaronu

Nie mówcie odwróceni tyłem: ja mnie mój moje mój żołądek mój włos mój odcisk moje spodnie moja zona moje dzieci moje zdanie

Kochani ludożercy nie zjadajmy się Dobrze bo nie zmartwychwstaniemy Naprawdę"


(20.09.2015. Tovarnik, Croatia)

Young refugees are using rails as a pillow on the train station in Croatian town of Tovatnik as they wait for the uncertain train to take them further on their way to Western Europe.

During the 2015, refugee crisis caused by the war in Syria and the unfavorable political situation in the Middle East has escalated to enormous proportions. As a result, hundreds of thousands of refugees have started moving along unsafe routes, looking for a better and safer life in Western Europe. Balkan countries have found themselves on this route. Although these countries were not a destination for any of the refugees, the human tragedy was followed by many heartbreaking scenes, questionable political decisions and tensions in the region. Many demonstrated duplicity, saying that refugees are more than welcome, and on the other hand they were closing the borders and aggravating to the maximum their journey. The truth, written on the faces of these people, can easily be decoded.

Photo by Marko Risovic / Kamerades Photo Collective)

The project “Unfinished palace, moving people, floating borders/European songlines” is a story of the motives, needs and facts connected to the movements and migration of people in Europe. A poetic search for European identity is the point of departure for reflecting on the stability of borders and origins of culture. Artists from different disciplines, working together, cross the borders of various art forms in order to create the story of the history of human migration.

This multimedia performance created by Stephan Stroux is comprised of two interconnected parts, taking place both inside the buildings and on the platforms of the Świebodzki train station. The first part will take place daily, from August 31 to September 10, in the buildings of the train station. The audience will have the opportunity to take part in exhibits (including that of Marek Raczkowski), readings (including Olga Tokarczuk and Matthias Göritz), film screenings, and concerts (including Małe Instrumenty, Julia Marcell and Zar Theatre).

The whole of the project centers around the multimedia performance entitled “Don’t be so sure that you are legal,” which will be performed August 31 to September 3 on the platforms of the Świebodzki train station. Actors from the Polski Theatre in Wroclaw (Małgorzata Gorol, Adam Szczyszczaj, Marta Zięba), as well as actors from Zar Theatre (Ditte Berkeley, Matej Matejka), will perform in the show. The two parts are complementary but can also stand alone. Their mutual stories are complex and do not limit the artists’ nor the audience’s imaginations.

stephan stroux

ur. w 1945 roku w Bad Peterstal w Schwarzwaldzie w Niemczech

The project’s originator and director is Stephan Stroux – an artist, director, actor, and translator living in Berlin. Stroux was born in 1945 in Bad Peterstal in Schwarzwald, Germany. He studied philosophy and history of art at the university of Cologne. He studied directing and acting in Max Reinhardt’s school in Vienna. Since 1966, he has worked in acting and directing, as well as theatre director for various theatres. He has produced over 60 performances in both city and national German-language theatres, as well as many performances in theatres and institutions abroad (also in the language of the given country).

Most of his work revolves around working in public spaces, for example “The Sinking of the Titanic” (based on the poem by Hans Magnus Enzensberger), which was staged in Montreal and Weimar, or the “Virtual Bridge on the Vistula” in Warsaw in 2006, for which the director received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. Stephan Stroux is also known for his interdisciplinary and multicultural projects. He has created shows for the European Capital of Culture (Berlin 1988, Lisbon 1994, and Weimar 1999) as well as for Unicef.

In his work, Stroux often addresses the themes of history, cultural heritage, identity, religion, ethics, and human dignity. In the collection entitled “The real end of the war is before its beginning”, he gathered incredible and moving stories from foremost Polish and German writers of different generations (including Volker Braun, Matthias Goritz, Durs Grunbein, Wojciech Jagielski, Marian Pankowski, Silke Scheuermann, Salina Stroux, Wojciech Tochman, Olga Tokarczuk and Magdalena Tulli).

Stroux’s projects are primarily filled with many emotions and connections, not always easily read by the audience. “I think we should have more trust toward what is called the emotional memory of the audience. An audience member is able to read significantly more than just the superficial story. We are trying to create a composition which will elicit in the audience associations based on their own experiences, their own emotions,” explains Stroux.


Stroux has been awarded many various awards and distinctions, including the title “Friend of Tibet” given by the Dalai Lama, the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, and the Walenty Roździeński Medal, among others.

Among his most important projects are the following:

  • JACQUES OU LA SOUMISSION and LA CANTATRICE CHAUVE – codirection with Eugene Ionesco
  • Actor of many principal roles in theatre and tv, including Jerry O’Cary in George Tabori’s PINKVILLE
  • Windhoek, Namibia: MATUTURA, cultural festival and theatre project as part of the celebration of Namibia’s gaining independence; documentary film about Namibia’s independence and the MATUTURA theatre project, in English and German
  • Amsterdam, Holland - Stadsschouwburg: QUAI OUEST by Bernard – Marie Koltès
  • Porto, Portugal : LEONCE UND LENA – award for show of the year
  • Lisbon, Portugal: : DER PARK by Botho Strauß, Teatro da Cornucopia
  • Santiago, Concepcion, Lota, Puerto Montt, Chile: BALADA DE LOS CONDENADOS A SONAR by Juan Radrigan
  • Lisbon, Portugal: DAS SPIEL VOM FRAGEN by Peter Handke, Teatro da Cornucopia, as part of the „Lisbon- European Capital of Culture ‘94” festival
  • Montreal, Canada: DER UNTERGANG DER TITANIC by Hans Magnus Enzensberger in Montréal, Monument National.
  • Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cabo Verde, São Tomé e Principe/ Guinea Bissau/ Brazil: QUEM COME QUEM „WER FRISST WEN“ . Sum-up of the project „A Viagem ao Centro do Circulo“ .Development of the text and performance „QUEM COME QUEM“ with 14 actors, musicians, and dancers from seven countries and three continents
  • Essen, Germany: UNION DER FESTEN HAND – stage adaptation of Erika Reger’s novel in former industrial buildings of West Germany, historical monuments of the XX century.
  • Warsaw, Poland: WIRTUALNY MOST NA WIŚLE – a project in remembrance of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising with the participation of 150 artists from Germany and Poland.
  • Katowice, Poland: PAMIĘĆ PRACY – an installation on the themes of history and industrial culture and the transformation of the world and attitudes to work and nature.



Olga Tokarczuk [PL]

Olga Tokarczuk – writer, essayist, playwright, two-time Nike Literary Award laureate for the novels “Bieguni” (2008) and “Księgi Jakubowe” (2015). Other works include: “Podróż ludzi księgi” /”The Journey of the Book People" (1993, Przedświt), “Prawiek i inne czasy” /”Primeval and Other Times” (1996, Wydawnictwo Literackie), “Dom dzienny, dom nocny” / “House of Day, House of Night” (1998, Ruta), “Gra na wielu bębenkach”/ “Playing on Many Drums” (2001), “Anna In w grobowcach świata” / “Anna In Inside the Tombs of the World” (2006), and “Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych” / “Plow Through the Bones of the Dead” (2009).

Olga Tokarczuk was born in Sulechów in 1962 and currently lives in Wroclaw, in Lower Silesia. She is one of the most acclaimed and successful Polish writers of the new generation. Tokarczuk studied psychology at the University of Warsaw and worked as a therapist after graduation. She published her debut novel “Podróż ludzi księgi” in 1993. Since 2004, she has organized the International Storytelling Festival in Wrocław and Jelenia Góra.

Various awards account for her lasting popularity: “The Kościelski Foundation Award” (1997), the “POLITYKA Passport” (1997), the Slovenian literary award Vilenica (2013), the “NIKE Literary Award” (jury award in 2008 and audience award in 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2008). For “Dom dzienny, dom nocny”, she received the prestigious “Brücke Berlin Preis” award in 2002 and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2004. The author also received the Usedom Literary Award (Usedomer Literaturpreis) in 2012 and was a laureate of the International Bridge Award of Europe – Zgorzelec/ Görlitz [Internationaler Brückepreis der Europastadt Görlitz /Zgorzelec] in 2015.

Her books have been translated into several languages and some have even been adapted for the stage and screen.


Thomas Voßbeck [D]

Thomas Voßbeck live and work in Berlin. Beside his commercial work as a photographer for architecture and interior he realize international projects in East Europa and Japan also in cooperation with cultural institution, galleries and museums. With Stephan Stroux he worked for serveral projects in Zollverein Unesco Wolrd Heritage and in Katowice. With Anke Illing he founded the initiative Europareportage.


Matthias Göritz [D]

Matthias Göritz was born in Hamburg in 1969. He studied philosophy and literary studies and spent extended periods in Moscow, Paris and Chicago. He was Writer-in-Residence at Bard College, New York, at the “Deutsches Haus” at NYU and guest in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, as well as Max Kade Writer at Washington University, St. Louis.

After publications in magazines, his first volume of poetry, “Loops”, was published in 2001. Matthias Göritz lives in Frankfurt am Main. He was awarded the “Hamburg Literature Prize” and the “Mara Cassens Prize” for his first novel “The short Dream of Jakob Voss” (Berlin 2005).

In Fall 2006 his second collection of poetry, “Pools”, was published. Göritz received the grant of the state of Lower Saxonia for these poems. He was the Winner of the “Warsaw Haiku contest” (2008).

2011 – Göritz was awarded the “Robert Gernhardt Prize”. 2012 – His third collection of poems, “Tools” came out. 2013 – The novel “Dreamers and Sinners” was published by C.H. Beck (Munich). An American translation is in preparation. 2014 – Göritz is the first recipient of the “William Gass Award”.


Aleš Šteger [SI]

Aleš Šteger is a poet, essayist and novelist, writing in Slovenian. Aleš belongs to a generation of writers that started to publish right after the fall of Yugoslavia. His first poetry collection Šahovnice ur (1995) was sold out in three weeks after publication and indicated a new generation of Slovenian artists and writers.

Štegers books have been translated into 16 languages and his poems appeared in internationally renown magazines and newspapers as The New Yorker, Die Zeit, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, TLS and many others. Among other prizes and honours his English translation of Knjiga reči (Thee Book of Things, BOA Editions, 2010) won two mayor U.S. translation awards (BTBA award and AATSEL).

Aleš received the title Chevalier dans le ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French State. He is a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.

Besides writing and translating from German and Spanish Aleš is also the programme director of Beletrina academic Press that he co-funded (

From 1995 to 2004 he was the initiator and programme director of the international poetry festival Days of Poetry and Wine ( He worked also as programme director of the Terminal 12 - programme strand at the Maribor 2012 European Capital of Culture.

Since 2012 he is workig on a performative writing project Written on Site, making one public writing performance each year.


Jan Tilman Schade [D]

Jan Tilman Schade was born in 1963 and raised in Nordrheinwestfalen. After receiving his college degree, he studied classical cello at the University of Arts Berlin and later, from 1993 to 2001, he studied cybernetics and religious sciences at the technical and the Free University of Berlin.

Since 1984, he has been involved as an actor and composer in more than 50 theatre productions, including collaborations with Hans Neuenfels (Burgtheater, Vienna 1993 / Schauspielhaus Zürich, Switzerland 1995 ), the Italian avant-garde group “La zattera di babele” (Genova, Rome, Sicily 1985 – 1995), Volker Schlöndorff (Neuhardenberg, Germany / Jasnaja Poliana, Russia 2008) and more.

He is an associated musician of the “EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN” and also composes various pieces together with the singer Blixa Bargeld. Since 1984, he has been writing film scores for films like “Black Box BRD” and “Die Spielwütigen” Dir. by.: Andres Veiel (German and European film award 2002), “Scherbentanz”, “four minutes” and “Poll” by Chris Kraus (German film award and other prizes 2005) and more than 50 other feature and documentary productions in Germany, the USA, GB, Italy, and Japan.

His music varies from classical to jazz, from rock to experimental or minimal, always keeping the emphasis on the aesthetic and dramaturgical concept of the whole production.

Depending on the circumstances, he prefers to cover the complete workflow: composing, playing instruments (i.e. piano, guitar, cello, accordion, clarinet, singing), arranging, editing, and engineering, all of which he manages as a painter does his palette.

In 2014, he opened a seminar centre outside Berlin on 5 hectares of land to create a meeting point for arts, seminars and different kinds of therapeutic programs.


Stephan Stroux [D]

Stephan Stroux - autor projektu - ma w swoim dorobku kilkadziesiąt reżyserowanych na całym świecie przedstawień teatralnych. Wśród nich najwięcej jest jednak inscenizacji w przestrzeni publicznej, takich jak choćby „Zagłada Titanica” (oparta na poemacie Hansa Magnusa Enzensbergera), zrealizowana w Montrealu i Weimarze, czy prezentowany w 2006 roku w Warszawie „Wirtualny most na Wiśle”, za który reżyser otrzymał Krzyż Kawalerski Orderu Zasługi RP.

Projekty Strouxa to przede wszystkim ogromny ładunek skojarzeń, emocji, efektów i powiązań, nie zawsze prostych do odczytania dla odbiorcy. „Myślę, że powiniśmy mieć więcej zaufania do tego, co nazywa się emocjonalną pamięcią widza. Widz jest w stanie odczytać znacznie więcej, niż tylko snującą się po powierzchni opowieść. Próbujemy stworzyć kompozycję, która wywołuje u odbiorcy skojarzenia oparte na jego własnych przeżyciach, jego własnych emocjach" - tłumaczy Stroux.


Sławomir Rumiak [PL]

Sławomir Rumiak (born 1972 in Bielsko-Biała), photographer, video installation artist, graphic artist. Graduate of the Katowice branch of the Krakow School of Fine Arts (1999).

His photography series brought him recognition, especially his “Prêt-à-Porter” project (2004), which comprised a series of images of women filled with references to art history as well as the commercialized, objectified images of women in mass culture. In 2007, as part of his piece “Journey,” he bicycled from Poland to Venice with a miniature replica of the Polish pavilion that had been in the Venice Biennale of Art, sleeping inside the miniature at campgrounds along the way. The accounts of this journey were published as a blog on the weekly periodical “Polityka’s” website.

Rumiak is widely recognized in Japan – he collaborated with Tokyo’s Il tempo Gallery and Zeit Foto Salon and had his work published in Japanese photography magazines, as well as lectured at Japanese schools. He has also curated two exhibits of Japanese art in Poland: “Bellmer found in Japan - Simon Yotsuya and Friends” (2010) , CSW “Kronika”, Bytom, Śląskie Museum, Katowice – a project that researched the influence of Hans Bellmer’s art on Japanese intellectuals and artists; “Atokata” (2012) - a photography exhibit of Kishin Shinoyamy’s work showing the landscape of the Tohoku region after the 2011 tsunami.

In 2016, he and the well-known Brazilian photographer Cristiano Mascaro exhibited in the International Center for Culture in Krakow. The exhibit, entitled “Traces of people” contained photographs Cristiano Mascaro had taken in Poland, along with Rumiak’s film “Macunaima returns to Sao Paulo”.


Bartos Brothers I MANIFESTA [PL]

The Bartos Brothers – Bartek born in ’79 and Piotr born in ’84 are a Wroclaw film duo. The director, producer, and screenwriter, Bartek, having majored in Film and Television production, graduated from the Silesia University Department of Radio and Television. Piotr works as a director of photography, editor, but first and foremost, he is an artist experimenting with the moving image. Until 2008, they have operated separately. Bartek produced documentaries for a Dutch televisions. He has also collaborated with such individuals as the Oscar winner Mikie Van Diem (“Character”) on the production of “X-ray eyes.” He has directed cultural and entertainment shows for Polish Public Television and commercial station. He directed TV shows like: Red Bull X-Fighters. He produced and directed TV commercials and music videos. Piotr pursued an independent creative career, experimenting with film, photography and graphics, He has collaborated with various artists, including Tomek Tryzna, the writer of the novel "Panna Nikt" (Miss Nobody) which was adapted into a film by Andrzej Wajda.

Together they have co-authored “Dancing in Shells” a photographic prose published by the G+J House. He has co-directed the film “Answers to Questions Never Asked” along with the music artist L.U.C. for whom he has shot several music videos. In 2008, his multimedia installation "Seven Seasons of the Year” was presented as part of the IFF New Horizons. In 2013 the Bartos Brothers opened the MANIFIESTAfilm studio in Wroclaw, the aim of which is to produce independent auteur cinema. The film “Boy with a Frog” (Best Film/Magnify Competition/IFF NEW HORIZONS 2014) were their joint full feature directorial debut.


Katarzyna Justka [PL]

Polish multimedia artist based in Berlin. Her work oscillate between her passions with the medium of electricity, audio - video signal and interactions with people. With conceptual frame in mind as well as emotional Kasia fashions a dynamic order and form from primitive entropy. Using video, lights, objects and sounds as her tools, her intuitive and organic based performances have led to collaborations with theaters, galleries, designers, artists and musicians and a whole host of other respected luminaries working in different disciplines within the creative spectrum. Among these are: WRO, Transvisualia, Noise=Noise, Free Form Festival, CynetArt, Unsound, Warsaw Electronic Festival, gallery Zacheta, Volksbuhne, Piksel and others.


Bastiaan Maris [NL]


Zbigniew Libera [PL]

Zbigniew Libera is one of the most interesting and important Polish artists. His works - photographies, video films, installations, objects and drawings – piercingly and subversively (in an intellectual way) play with the stereotypes of contemporary culture.

His shocking video works from the 80s (among others “Intimate Rites” and “Mystical Perseverance”) preceded 'body art' by 10 years. In mid-90s, Libera began to create “Correcting Devices” – objects which are modifications of already existing products – objects of mass consumption (among others “Universal Penis Expander” and “Body Master. A Play Kit For Children”). He also designs transformed toys – works that reveal the mechanisms of upbringing, education and cultural conditioning, the most famous of which is “Lego Concentration Camp”. From that moment on, he is one of the pillar of the so-called 'critical art', also in the institutional sense – despite the development of his career he is still closely connected with the independent circles.

In recent years he has also been preoccupied with photography, especially the specificity of press photography and the ways in which the media shape our visual memory and manipulate the image of history (works from the series “Positives” and “Masters”, 2003).

1959 – born in Pabianice 1979 – begins studies at the Department of Pedagogy of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, drops the studies after a year. 1980-1986 – associated with the circle of the “Strych” gallery, member of the “Kultura Zrzuty” group, co-editor of “Tango” magazine 1982-1983 – arrested and detained for printing underground Press 1986-1989 – co-founder and member of punk group “Sternenhoch” 1988-2006 – lives and works in Warsaw 1988-2000 – poses to Zofia Kulik's photo works 2000-2001 – co-founded two artist-run clubs: “Baumgart/Libera” and “Aurora” 2006 – decides to live a nomadic life, for a start moves to Greece for a year 2008-2009 – Academy of Fine Arts in Prague - guest professor


Matej Matejka [SK]

Matej Matejka - founder and leader of Studio Matejka. Studied acting at the State Conservatory in Bratislava, Slovakia, later music acting at JAMU University in Brno (Czech Republic). In 2001–2006 actor of theatre studio Farm in the Cave, Prague and co-creator of the projects and performances Dark Love Sonnets, Journey to the Station and SCLAVI / The Song of an Emigrant. Since 2005 he collaborates with the Grotowski Institute where he is engaged in research of physical expression in theatre. He is also an actor of Teatr ZAR: performs in three parts of Gospels of Childhood. The Triptych. Leads his own work sessions Wakening the Listening Body at the Grotowski Institute, as well as with Teatr ZAR, both in Poland and internationally. He collaborates with other artists, among others with Vivien Wood and Jaro Viniarsky. In his work he searches for the performer’s essence of communication where both dance and drama are only vehicles for the actor's expression.


Ditte Berkeley [DK]

Ditte Berkeley is a performer and co-creator in Teatr ZAR theatre company’s first four performances, as well as researcher at the Grotowski Institute in Wrocław. As well as being a theatre practitioner she was the inniciator of the cyclical festival event VoicEncounters, hosted by th Grotowski Institute, and dedicated to the phenomena of vocal traditions around the world. She also co-organized, in collaboration with CPR (Wales), the international festival “Giving Voice” in Wrocław in 2009. She has worked alongside Studio Matejka and has been responsible for some of their vocal/singing training.

Co-leader of workshops: “Into the Sound” with Teatr ZAR and Awakening the Listening Body with Matej Matejka. Now she conducts her own research in voice and leads her own workshop Voice Tale (Speaking Song) in Poland and internationally. She is an independent artist particularly interested in the use of song in performance. Additionally she has performed in various films in Poland and is currently involved in a new film production. She was brought up in Spain and studied theatre at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London. Is mother to two children.


Agnieszka Ćwieląg [PL]

Agnieszka Ćwieląg – studied psychology in Poland and Cinema Studies in the Academy of Performing Arts in Czech Republic. Since 10 years active in international cultural, artistic and educational projects

2008/9 worked in Thalia Theatre in Halle (Germany) in frames of the scholarship program of the Robert Bosch Foundation. During this time she cooperated also with an independent theatre collective - the Aktionstheater Gruppe in Halle. In the period 2010-2012 worked with Atropos Theatre & Research in Greece under direction of Stamatis Efstathiou. Together with an international team of performers she was part of two productions presented in Poland, Germany and Denmark.

Since 2013 member of Studio Matejka - physical theatre laboratory working under auspices of the Grotowski Institute in Wrocław. With the Studio she was part of the research program “Creative sources of the actor and dancer” with Matej Matejka and Milan Kozánek (Artyci Dance Company). The research resulted with a film “Conflicts of Apathy” winning the first prize at NU Video Dance 2014, Bratislava. In 2014 she worked on the concept development and performed in the performance “Harmony of Contradictions. Poland” in the Wroclaw Burgers’ Brewery (Browar Mieszczański). In frames of Artistic Residency in The Grotowski Institute in 2015 she created a solo performance “Net” under direction of Matej Matejka.

She is an instructor of Dance Improvisation and Body Symbolic according to the method developed by Dr Detef Kappert, Institute für Tanz und Bewegungsdynamik (Essen, Germany). Currently works as a performer and workshop facilitator for creative dance and body symbolic.


Adam Szczyszczaj [PL]

Graduate of the Acting Department of the National Theatre School in Krakow, 2005 Actor of the Polski Theatre in Wrocław since 1/09/2005

Roles in the Polski Theatre in Wrocławiu: Idiot, Woyzeck by G. Büchner, dir. by G. Kania, 2004 [since 17/11/2005] Laperrine; Photographer, Desert by T. Dorsta, dir. by Witt-Michałowski, 2005 Zygmunt Drzeźniak, In your faces, Zygmunts!!! based on the short story The Fourth Sky by M. Sieniewicz, dir. by M. Fiedor, 2006 Lars, Terrordrom Breslau based on T. Staffel, dir. by W. Rubin, 2006 Waiter, Out of Order by R. Cooney, dir. by W. Pokora, 1994 [since 4/05/2007] Christopher, Now, fall asleep in the fire by P. Wojcieszek, dir. by P. Wojcieszek, 2007 Octavius’ servant, Julius Ceasar by W. Shakespeare, dir. by R. Brzyk, 2007 Rosencrantz, Hamlet by W. Shakespeare, dir. by M. Pęcikiewicz, 2008 Elephant, Nirvana based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, dir. by K. Garbaczewski, 2009 Johannes, The Temptation of Quiet Veronica inspired by R. Musil, dir. by K. Lupa, revived 2009 Nick Bottom, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by W. Shakespeare, dir. by M. Pęcikiewicz, 2010 Kirillov, Demons by F. Dostoyevsky, dir. by K. Garbaczewski, 2010 (Culture Award from the "Gazeta Wyborcza – Wrocław" wARTo in Theatre category, 2011) Several characters, Volokolamsk Highway by H. Müllera, dir. by B. Wysocka, 2010 (Culture Award of "Gazeta Wyborcza – Wrocław" wARTo in the Theatre category, 2011; award from Lower Silesia’s Marshal for the best performance in Lower Silesian theatres in 2010, International Theatre Day, 2011) Actor, Lila Negr based on pieces by A. Wertyński [multimedia performance], dir. by Ł. Twarkowski, coproduction of IP Group and Polski Theatre in Wrocław, 2010 α, Waiting Room.0 by K. Lupa + collective creation, dir. by K. Lupa, 2011 Wolf, Hans, Dora and the Wolf by A. Grochulska and M. Borczuch, dir. by M. Borczuch, 2012 Figure, Are you going to read that forever, sir? by M. Sadocha and M. Kmiecik, 2012 Thomas M., KLINIKEN / love is colder... ... based on L. Norén’s The Clinic and Anka Herbut’s Traumgruppe, dir. by Ł. Twarkowski, 2012 Neoptolemos, Philoctetes by Sophocles, dir. by B. Wysocka, 2012 Adam, Mythologies by T. Jękota inspired by R. Barthes' Mythologies, dir. by P. Świątek, 2013 Mathieu, Quay West. Return to the Desert by B.-M. Koltès, dir. by M. Borczuch, 2013 Figure, Chronos by W. Gombrowicz, dir. by K. Garbaczewski, 2013 Black Hunter;Phantom, Forefather’s Eve by A. Mickiewicz - parts I, II, IV and Specter, dir. by M. Zadara, 2014 Several characters, SHAPOCHNIKOV. STAN NIEWAŻKOŚCI / NO GRAVITY by B. Wysocka, dir. by B. Wysocka, coproduction of Centrala, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Polski Theatre in Wrocław, 2014 Joyce, Clearing Holzfällen by T. Bernhard, dir. by K. Lupa, 2014 Jan Sobolewski; Man of Letters I; Pelican, Forefather’s Eve part III by A. Mickiewicz, dir. by M. Zadara, 2015 Jacob Grimm – hacker of the imagination; Hansel; Brother, GRIMM: black snow by A. Herbut, dir. by Ł. Twarkowski, 2016

Roles in other theatres: Murderer, Macbeth by W. Shakespeare, T. Boy-Żeleński Bagatela Theatre in Krakow, dir. by W. Śmigasiewicz, 2000 Werther, Werther in New York by T. Staffel, Wytwórnia Theatre in Warsaw, dir. by B. Potoczny, 2009 Figure, 60/09 by L. Frankiewicz inspired by Polish films from the 50s and 60s, Wytwórnia Theatre in Warsaw, dir. by L. Frankiewicz, 2009 Władysław Raczkiewicz, The Warsaw Scandal. Washington – Moscow – London by M. Zadara and D. Przastka, Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, dir. by M. Zadara, 2011 (honorable mention, XI Festival of Preview Showings in Bydgoszcz, 2012) Badge of Recognition for Polish Culture, 2011


Marta Zięba [PL]

Graduate of the Acting Department of the National Theatre School in Wrocław, 1999 Actress of the Polski Theatre in Wrocław since 1/9/2009

Roles in the Polski Theatre in Wrocław: Horse, Nirvana based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead; dir. by K. Garbaczewski, 2009 [since 14/12/2009] Hippolyta, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by W. Shakespeare, dir. by M. Pęcikiewicz, 2010 Liza ; Liamshyn, Demons based on the F. Dostoyevsky novel, dir. by K. Garbaczewski, 2010 Ellida Wangel, The Lady From the Sea, H. Ibsen, dir. by P. Chołodziński, 2010 Martha, Waiting Room.0 by Krystian Lupa + collective creation, dir. by K. Lupa, 2011 Marie, Blanche and Marie by P.O. Enquist, dir. by C. Iber, 2011 Anna (Wolf’s sister), Hans, Dora, and the Wolf by A. Grochulska and M. Borczuch, dir. by M. Borczuch, 2012 Figure, Are you going to read that forever, sir? by M. Sadocha and M. Kmiecik, M. Kmiecik, 2012 [9/05/2012] Erika Parker, KLINIKEN/love is colder... based on L. Norén’s The Clinic and Anka Herbut’s Traumgruppe, dir. by Ł. Twarkowski, 2012 Been Through A Lot, The Rainbow Tribune by P. Demirski, dir. by M. Strzepka, 2011 [from 2/2/2013] Lisa, The Bullerbyn Children based on A. Lindgren’s book, dir. by A. Ilczuk, 2013 Mathilde Serpenoise; Monica Pons, Quay West. Return to the Desert by B.-M. Koltès, dir. by M. Borczuch, 2013 Figure, Chronos by W. Gombrowicz, dir. by K. Garbaczewski, 2013 Choir Member; Owl; Phantom, Forefather’s Eve by A. Mickiewicz - parts I, II, IV and Specter, dir. by M. Zadara, 2014 Joana Thul, Clearing Holzfällen by T. Bernhard, dir. by K. Lupa, 2014 Guardian Angel; First archangel; Sovietnikova; Lady; Woman, Forefather’s Eve part III by A. Mickiewicz, dir. by M. Zadara, 2015 Gladys Foster, Out of Order by R. Cooney, dir. by W. Pokora, 1994 [25 and 26/04/2015] Fairy; Actress playing Fairy, GRIMM: black snow by A. Herbut, dir. by Ł. Twarkowski, 2016

From 2000-2010, actress in the J. Szaniawski Dramatyczny Theatre in Wałbrzych, where she performed the following roles: Bednarchykova, Common Room based on the book by Z. Uniłowski, dir. by K. Kopka, H. Modrzejewska Theatre in Legnica in coproduction with the J. Szaniawski Dramatyczny Theatre in Wałbrzych, 2000 [Wałbrzych]/2001 [Legnica] Daughter, The Glass Menagerie by T. Williams, dir. by R.M. Nyczka, 2001 Helena, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by W. Shakespeare, dir. by K. Kopka, 2001 Figure, Let’s laugh!... Who knows if the world will last longer than two weeks. Cabaret, dir. by K. Kopka, 2001 Katia, An Uneventful Story based on the story by A. Chekhov, dir. by K. Kopka, 2001 Angel; Servant, Turoń walks, teeth chattering by Z. Poprawski, dir. by W. Cichy, 2001 Mother, Drugs, or an evening of cocaine and peyote based on Narcotics and Mother by S.I. Witkiewicz, dir. by K. Kopka, J. Szaniawski Dramatyczny Theatre in Wałbrzych in coproduction with the k2 Theatre in Wrocław, 2002 Candy Starr, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest based on the K. Kesey novel, dir. by M. Kleczewska, 2002 Figure, Cabaret de Waldenburg, produced by M. Kocot, P. Dampc and P. Kruszczyński, 2003 Her, Sandpit by M. Walczak, dir. by P. Kruszczyński, 2003 Figure, Our Holliewoot, consulting director P. Kruszczyński, 2003 [outdoor show] Gloria; Ruby, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, dir. by M. Kleczewska, 2003 [since 2004] Julia, The Mine by M. Walczak, dir. by P. Kruszczyński, 2004 Agnes, They should forbid that by P. Jurek, dir. by K. Piwowarska, 2005 recital Placebo with songs composed to texts written by the patients of the psychiatric hospital in Stronie Śląskie; edited by W. Ziemiański, with music by W. Wróblewski; outside eye: P. Kruszczyński, 2005 Helena, Before Sunrise by G. Hauptmann, dir. by M. Wendt, 2005 Iza, Yvonne, princess of Burgundy by W. Gombrowicz, dir. by A. Tyszkiewicz, 2005 Masha, 3 Sisters by A. Chekhov, dir. by J. Wiktoriańska [P. Kruszczyński], 2006 Ariel, The Tempest by W. Shakespeare, dir. by A. Tworus, 2007 Ewelina, I am the Resurrection by P. Wojcieszka, dir. by P. Wojcieszek, 2007 Carmen, The Balcony by J. Genet, dir. by A. Tyszkiewicz, 2007 Anna, III (The Third) by Ph. Malone, dir. by M. Dobrowlańska, 2008 Katia, Nelly by N. Korczakowska and T. Śpiewak based on Humiliated and Insulted by F. Dostoyevsky, dir by. N. Korczakowska, 2008 Figure, Crows and ravens will peck us to death... based on work by S. Żeromski [theatrical sketch], dir. by P. Pawlicki and M. Pogonowski, X Wałbrzych Days of Dramaturgy, 2008 Di Mildi, Possessed based on the novel by W. Gombrowicz, dir. by K. Garbaczewski, 2008 Black Iza, Direction: 074. The Peregrinations of Black Iza of Wałbrzych by S. Majewski and A. Pilgrim, dir. by A. Bartnikowski, 2009 Pig Snout, Time to love, time to die by F. Kater, dir. by J. Jabrzyk, 2009 Madonna, Madonna by M. Sikorska-Miszczuk, dir. by I. Vedral, 2009

Roles in other theatres: Figure, MC Mayak. The doyages of enfeebled frogz based on work by W. Majakowski, Teatr k2 in Wrocław, dir. by T. Sawicka and K. Imiela, 2000 Woman, Audience III, aka Eskimo Paradise by B. Schaeffer, Teatr k2 in Wrocław, dir. by W. Ziemiański, 2000 Zosia, The Glutton’s Departure by T. Różewicz, Malta International Theatre Festival in Poznan, dir. by P. Kruszczyński, 2002 Viera, I have faith in Faith inspired by A. Tuszyńska’s book The Accused Faith Gran Gran, dir. by M. Zięba i T. Węgorzewski; show prepared as part of the XXXIV Review of Actor’s Songs in Wrocław, 2013

Roles in TV Theatre: Figure, This and that about animals... based on work by B. Hertz, dir. by B. Borys-Damięcka, 1997 Figure, Casting session by K. Zanussi, dir. by K. Zanussi, 2002

Film roles: The Time Machine, 1996 (series of short educational films for TV) The Decision is Up to You, 2000 ( TV program) Faces and masks, 2000 (TV show) The Net, dir. by K. Krauze, 2000 (TV film from the Great Things series) Early Spring, dir. by F. Bajon, 2001 For Better or For Worse, 2002-2014 (TV show) Life Itself, 2002-2009 (TV show) The World According to the Lousy, 2005 (TV show) The Debt Collecter, dir. by F. Falk, 2005 Dear Molly, dir. by E. Atef, 2005 Crime Wave, 2006 (TV show) Criminals, 2007 (TV show) The Vicarage, 2007(TV show) Aphonia and bees, dir. by J.J. Kolski, 2009 The Mall, 2011-2012 (TV show) Agatha’s Right, 2014 (TV show)

Theatre directing: I have faith in Faith inspired by A. Tuszyńska’s book The Accused Faith Gran Gran, dir. by M. Zięba i T. Węgorzewski; show prepared as part of the XXXIV Review of Actor’s Songs in Wrocław, 2013 Golden Jerzyk laureate in 2002 for best actress from Wałbrzych


Małgorzata Gorol [PL]

Graduate of the Acting Department of the National Theatre School in Krakow, 2012 Actress of the Polski Theatre since 1/03/2013

Roles in the Polski Theatre in Wrocław: Małgorzata, Mythologies by T. Jękot inspired by R. Barthes' Mythologies, dir. by P. Świątek, 2013 Abad, Quay West. Return to the Desert by B.-M. Koltès, dir. by M. Borczuch, 2013 Figure, Chronos by W. Gombrowicz, dir. by K. Garbaczewski, 2013 [18 and 19/09/2014] Elfriede V, Winter’s Journey by E. Jelinek, dir. by P. Miśkiewicz, 2014 (winner of main acting award, LV Kalisz Theatre Meetings, 2015; honorable mention and distinction from the Forum of Young Critics for actresses of the Polski Theatre in Wrocław, II Festiwal of New Theatre in Rzeszów - LIV Rzeszów Theatre Meetings, 2015; second acting prize and distinction for best theatre ensemble, VIII International Theatre Festival Boska Komedia in Krakow, 2015; Leon Schiller award, 2016) Miranda, The Tempest by W. Shakespeare, dir. by K. Garbaczewski, 2015 Speech; Marcelina; Lady III, Forefather’s Eve part III by A. Mickiewicz, dir. by M. Zadara, 2015 Medea, Media Medea by M. Sadocha, dir. by M. Liber, 2015 Daughter/Teacher → Snow White, Death and the Maiden by E. Jelinek, dir. by E. Marciniak, 2015 (Leon Schiller award, 2016; Culture Award of "Gazeta Wyborcza – Wrocław" WARTO in Theatre category, 2016)

Graduation roles: Figure, I-am-him based on 23 short stories by E. Kereta, dir. by Sz. Kaczmarek, PWST (National Theatre School) in Krakow, 2011 Figure, Helter Skelter. A black comedy with metaphysical moments. Based on Zygmunt Bauman’s "44 letters from the world of fluid modernity" by T. Jękot, dir. by P. Świątek, PWST (National Theatre School) in Krakow, 2012

Roles in other theatres: Figure, Balladyna by J. Słowacki, dir. by J. Głybin, Acting Studio next to the S. Wyspiański Śląski Theatre in Katowice, 2007 Julia, Mommy by W. Terlecki, dir. by A. Majczak, S. Wyspiański Śląski Theatre in Katowice, 2007 Liza; Grusha, The Brothers Karamazov by F. Dostoyevsky, dir. by A. Leśniak, The Culture Factory in Świętochłowice, 2013 Gosia, Tropical Sorrows by M. Pakuła, dir. by P. Świątek, Łaźnia Nowa Theatre in Krakow- Nowa Huta, 2013

Film roles: Lifequards, 2010 (TV show) The day of the conman, dir. by B. Warwas, 2012 (short fiction film) Innocence, dir. by D. Woszek, 2012 (short fiction film) For his eyes only, dir. by J. Ślesicka, 2013 (short fiction film) Deep water. Season 2, 2013 (TV show)


Mustafa Konukcu [TR]

I was born in konya 1984, konya is rumi's city. I interested about all Sufi kind of arts and I still playing we call 'ney'(reed flute) and I'm doing 'sema'(whirling dervish dance) I have art center in town and we are giving 18 different types of art education. And I have kind of music hall and art society near to rumi's tomb. We are giving to concerts here from all turkey famous artist. I have one sun, name is ali emir.


Barbara Nüsse [D]

Barbara Nüsse is a member of the ensemble of Thalia Theater / Hamburg. You also could have seen her in leading roles/parts on the main stages of Berlin, Düsseldorf, Vienna, Zurich, Cologne.

She was working with important directors such as Niels Peter Rudolph, Werner Schroeter, Ernst Wendt, Luc Perceval, Nicolas Stemann in productions such as 'King Lear', Shakespeare, (2008); 'Faust I and II', Goethe (2010), 'Jeder stirbt für sich allein', Fallada (2011), 'Die Schutzbefohlenen', Jellinek (2015).

Barbara Nüsse has performed many parts in TV productions and published an amount of audiobooks. She was honored for her work as an actress e.g. as 'best actress of the year' in 1980, with the Rudolf Mares prize in 2005 and with the most important German Theater award for actresses, the 'Gertrud Eysold Ring' in 2009.


Peter Franke [D]

Peter Franke began his theatre career in Düsseldorf with Karl-Heinz Stroux. He next worked in Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin. He made films with such figures as Schlöndorff, Kotulla, Schrader and Worthmann. For the last 25 years, he has worked in German television. Franke is also an opera singer, having sung tenor in the works of Jacques Offenbach. He recently sang the role of Papageno (“The Magic Flute”) in the Opera in Lubeck. He also performs on stage in Hamburg. Many years of friendship and work connect him to Stephan Stroux.


Borja Soto [E]

Niño Soto – flamenco singer, comes from a well-known gypsy family in Seville. His charismatic personality gives his performances energy, rhythm, and gives the audience the feeling of being at an authentic gypsy fiesta.


Damian Kowalinski [PL]

Damian Kowaliński – the first Polish flamenco guitarist who, in the 2011-2012 academic year, received a scholarship for outstanding results in guitar in the world-renowned school Fundación de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren in Seville. That is also where he spent the most time, studying and playing with the best masters of this style.


Małe Instrumenty [PL]

Małe Instrumenty (Small Instruments) are a band exploring new sounds using a wide array of small instruments. The instruments used in their sonic experiments feature an ever expanding array of professional instruments, sound toys made for children or naive in nature, strange musical inventions as well as a whole array of small items that aren't really instruments but do make a sound. The music created in this way reveals unique colours of sound sometimes beautiful and fine, sometimes surprising and insightful, sometimes exposing the incomplete nature of the sound created and allowing ears to feast on this restriction. All this means that the band is constantly faced with the need to look for new creative solutions.

The group was started by Pawel Romanczuk in 2006, other members: Marcin Ożóg, Tomasz Orszulak, Jędrzej Kuziela and Maciej Bączyk. In July 2007 the band made its debut at Era New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw/Poland and has since worked on many music projects under the name of Male Instrumenty. The group has collaborated with many prominent art organizations and artists in Poland and Europe.The band has perfomed at many festivals, for example:

Era Nowe Horyzonty (Wrocław 2007,2008,2009) Unsound Festival (Kraków 2009) Ferlitizer Festival (Londyn 2009) Kody (Lublin 2009,2010) Skiff Festival (St. Petersburg 2010) Animator (Poznań, 2010) Supersonic Festival (Birmingham, 2010) Unidram (Potsdam, 2010) Open'er (Gdynia 2011) Festival d'ile de France (Paryż 2011) Nancy Jazz Pulsation (Nancy, 2011)

Male Instrumenty also record the music for films, broadcasts, audiobooks, for example: Spot of the competition "Kręć Wrocław" Social campaign spot "Muzyka rozwija - Kup dziecku instrument" Broadcast "The New Adventures of Bolek and Lolek"


Julia Marcell [PL]

Singer, composer, lyricist. She has produced 4 albums – all crowdfunded via the internet: “It Might Like You” (2008); “June” (2011) with the songs “Matrioshka” and “Echo”, which ranked high on the charts for a long time; “Sentiments” (2014); and the newest album “PROXY” (2016), her first completely Polish album.

Julia has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Polityka Passport (2012) in the Popular Music category, the Fryderyk award (2012) in the Alternative Music category, as well as the Grzegorz Ciechowski Artistic Award of the City of Torun (2011).

Julia Marcell’s publications have met with the recognition of the public, the media, and people working in culture in Poland and abroad. Her work has also been praised in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Beside her own songs, Julia Marcell also composes music for film and theatre. She is the composer of the soundtrack to Przemyslaw Wojcieszek’s latest feature “How to Disappear Completely” (2015), as well as to the plays “A Stone Sky Instead of Stars” (2014) and “Chronos” (2014), directed by Krzysztof Garbaczewski.

Julia and her band perform around the world. They have toured Germany, Holland, Great Britain, Finland, Portugal, Japan, and the United States. They have also played at many festivals - SXSW, the Eurosonic Festival, The Great Escape Festival, Reeperbahn Festival, CO-POP, Open’er Festival, Męskie Granie, and many others.

The band: Julia Marcell – vocals, guitar, keyboard Mandy Ping-Pong – vocals, viola, keyboard Thomas Fietz – percussion Thomsen Slowey Merkel - bass


Bente Kahan [Norway]

Bente Kahan, the Norwegian born Jewish actress, musician, director and playwright had her formal training in performing arts in Tel-Aviv and New York, and has been working as a performing artist since 1981. She began her career in "Habima", Israel's national theatre, and "Nationaltheatret" in Norway. Her first Yiddish performance was in Oslo in 1983, and after several years as a member of diverse Oslo ensembles, she started to perform in her own monodramas co-written with the Norwegian stage director Ellen Foyn Bruun.

In 1990, she founded the production company "Teater Dybbuk - Oslo", and for the last 20 years she has toured internationally with her own concerts and plays. Bente is also repeatedly called upon to perform in connection with official commemorations paying homage to the victims of the Holocaust. For her artistic contribution, she has been awarded a Lifelong Stipend for Artists by the Norwegian Art Council.

In 2001, she moved with her family to Wroclaw, Poland, and founded there The Bente Kahan Foundation (FBK). The foundation has been leading the restoration project of The White Stork Synagogue (completed in 2010) and established there a Center for Jewish Culture and Education. Besides being a prayer house for Jewish High Holidays, the building has become a prestigious venue for concerts, theatre performances and exhibitions, a place where tolerance and diversity is part of the program.

Bente Kahan has received numerous prestigious awards for her work in Poland, including the Wroclaw Mayor's Award (2006), Ambassador of Wroclaw (2010) the German-Polish Silesian Culture Award (2010) and the President’s Commander Medal (2013).

In September 2013, Bente Kahan received the Order of the Cavalier Cross of Restored Poland for her outstanding artistic achievements, for her efforts on behalf of intercultural dialogue and understanding and for rescuing the heritage of Lower Silesia.


Klaus von Kries [D]

Klaus von Kries was born in 1969 in Germany. In the late 80s and early 90s, he played in several bands which were part of the music scene in Berlin.

1988 – started the electronic band “Beyond Mankind” 1991 – the group reformed and was renamed “First Chapter” 1991 – release of first album “Final Chance” 1993 – recording and release of single “Temple Nights” (in own studio) 1993 (September) – the band won German TV’s “Top 6” monthly competition 1993 (December) – the band won the main prize on “Top 6” 1994 – release of album “Crusade” 1995 – Klaus von Kries left band 1996 – composed soundtrack to Margit Bimmler’s play “Mephisto’s Violin” 2000 – 2002 – graduated in sound engineering from SAE Institute in Berlin 2003 – turned away from music and turned his focus toward analogue photography

Over the course of many years, working with LINHOF and Sinar large format cameras (13x18cm negative format), he came to specialize in black and white analogue techniques. Klaus especially developed his skills in portrait and landscape photography. In his opinion, despite the domination of digital photography, working with analogue media better reflects the world as he sees it.


Salinia Stroux [GR+D]

Salinia Stroux is a social anthropologist and photo-journalist. As a freelancer she has co-authored a number of reports documenting human rights violations against refugees in Greece for the German NGO Pro Asyl. She is also founding member of the grassroots initiative “Infomobile Greece from the network Welcome to Europe" which is in close co-operation with the platform.

Currently she works also on a small project supporting unaccompanied minors in their first steps into a new life in safety in Germany ("Erste Schritte").


Joao de Sousa [D]

João de Sousa - portuguese singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer based in Poland. Mainly self-taught, started playing guitar and singing when he was 11 years old. Played in several bands from Oporto and while in his late teens cooperated with Bandemónio's Pedro Abrunhosa (the band of the famous portuguese songwriter) in a couple of short films contributing with his singing skills. Participated in several band contests reaching the final stage of Termómetro Unplugged.

At 20 years old João decided to leave Oporto and lived in London for 2 years where he studied sociology and developed his playing style watching numerous concerts of different music styles.

After several years in Poland playing with projects mixing portuguese and polish culture (released an album as “Pensão Listopad” with his own compositions), his first big break came when polish producer and songwriter Andrzej Smolik invited him to sing 2 songs (portuguese and english) in his 2010 album that reached platinum. After that came the invitation from the band Mikromusic to cooperate in their album “Sowa” and at the same time created with argentinian bandoneonista the Ariel Ramirez “Tango Orquestra”. With this orquestra João travelled all over Poland and sang in festivals in Germany, Czech Republic and Italy and recorded 2 albums.

In 2012 João released an album called “João de Sousa & Fado Polaco” with the support of the Camoes Institut and the Portuguese Embassy in Poland. The concept of this album was interpreting fado and portuguese “modern folk” (ex: José Afonso, Jose Mário Branco) through the creative eyes of polish musicians. In the musical program there were also famous polish songs. This search for common ground between polish and portuguese culture culminated in the participation of João in a famous TV musical show where he reached the final stage singing songs in polish, english and portuguese.

In 2015, João s rendition of a classic song from before the 2nd World War was included in the most important compilation of world music in Poland. Siesta, is produced and compiled by Marcin Kydrynski, a major name in music journalism and promoter of lusophon music in Poland.

João released a new album “Luta” in April 2016 with new compositions mainly in portuguese but also in polish in cooperation with Filip Zawada.


Marek Raczkowski [PL]

Visual artist, illustrator, collaborator with the weekly „Przekrój” since 2003. He hails from an artistic family. After studying Interior Design at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, he worked as a painter and set designer. In 1992, he debuted as an illustrator for the “Daily Observer”. He has collaborated with the Polish periodicals “Life”, “Politics,”and “Mirror,” as well as the “” website. He is the recipient of the Grand Press 2003 award in the journalism category and the Foundation for Polish Culture award given to him by Sławomir Mrożek in 2004. In 2013, a long interview by Magda Żakowska and Marek Raczkowski entitled “This is the book I wrote to have money for whores and drugs” was published. Its sequel appeared in 2015 with the title “This is the book I wrote to have money for rehab”.

Aug. 31 - Sept. 10 2016
Dworzec Świebodzki Wroclaw


Meeting faces [Photography exhibit]

31.08-3.09 godz. 17:00-20:00; 6.09-10.09 godz. 17:00-20:00
Świebodzki Train Station Stage, Polski Theatre in Wrocław, foyer

The intention of the project is to clearly point out that each refugee is, first and foremost, an individual human being, who found themselves in their situation due to circumstances outside themselves. This is why when we speak of migration, we avoid the abstract term “refugee” and prefer to speak of a person.

The exhibit will present portraits of people who were forced to leave their home in order to undertake a dangerous journey in search of a safer place to live. Looking at their faces, the audience will stand face to face with individual human stories.


On the run[Caricature exhibit]

31.08-3.09 godz. 17:00-20:00; 6.09-10.09 godz. 17:00-20:00
Świebodzki Train Station Stage, Polski Theatre in Wrocław, foyer

Looking at human history, we can easily conclude that the world is a giant refugee camp. Throughout all the different periods of history, individuals, groups, and even entire nations journeyed and mixed with each other. There were, and are, different reasons for this: religious, political, economic, and environmental. As part of the project, there will be a presentation of 64 caricatures by the best artists in all of Europe. These drawings refer to the most current contemporary political issues (European religiousness, refugees, terrorism, and European identity) in a humorous and remarkably accurate way. The exhibit mirrors the effects of these issues on Europe today. Already in 1867, the famous French caricaturist Honoré Daumier showed how fragile European balance was, according to him. Has much changed since those times? The collection was gathered and prepared by Koos van Weringh.


How to bear what you can't stand[exhibit of Marek Raczkowski’s work]

31.08-3.09 godz. 17:00-20:00; 6.09-10.09 godz. 17:00-20:00
Świebodzki Train Station Stage, Polski Theatre in Wrocław, behind the stage

The exhibit of Marek Raczkowski’s caricatures shows, in a way characteristic of the artist, how to bear that which you can’t stand. His drawings, which are full of humorous references, mercilessly expose human behavior and people’s reactions to their reality.


Religions or Conversions[actors of Zar Theatre, Bente Kahan, Mustafa Konucku]

31.08-3.09 godz. 18:00; 6.09-10.09 godz. 18:00
Świebodzki Train Station Stage, Polski Theatre in Wrocław

A fundamental element of European identity is religion. Lower Silesia has always been a site of confrontations and wars of faith – from battles between Christians and Muslims to the 30-year War. This unique concert presents the musical legacy of the three main European religions – Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Both Jewish and ancient Christian songs, along with ritual Sufi dance, will be presented on the same stage.

Each day, we will hear the sounds of traditional polyphonic Gregorian songs as well as Christian songs from Corsica performed by the actors of one of the most distinct award-winning theatres in Poland – Zar Theatre.

Alongside Christian songs, there will be a concert of traditional religious Jewish music. The songs sung by Bente Kahan – a Jewish actress, singer, director and playwright – come from different parts of Europe.

The last religion whose musical legacy we will experience at the Świebodzki Train Station will be Islam. During the musical performance of “Dance of the Dervish”, we will see the Turkish artist Mustafa Konucku presenting elements of Sufi culture. We will hear the traditional sounds of the ney (a reed flute), and we will see the traditional whirling dance of the dervishes known as sema.

The project’s authors do not intend to evaluate nor judge the three monotheistic religions, and they also do not want to ignore the religious feelings of people who gave meaning to their lives through pagan cults.


Respect for living[Julia Marcell]

31.08 godz. 19:00; 3.09 godz. 19:00
Buildings of Świebodzki Train Station: Noah’s Ark – coming back ashore

The organizers also invited Julia Marcell, one of the foremost singers and lyricists of the new generation, to the project. The Polityka Passport laureate began her career singing classic punk and evolved in the direction of pop and indie rock sounds. Many musical genres can be found in her compositions, from alternative to pop. In her lyrics, Julia focuses deeply on human values, human dignity, and also communication and interpersonal relations. Concern for what is happening in today’s world can be heard in her work. Because of common themes, the artists behind “Unfinished Palace, Moving People, Floating Borders/European Songlines” invited Julia Marcell to collaborate on the project, and to set a unique tone for the entire project with her concert.


Between saetas and flamenco[Borja Soto]

6.09 godz. 19:00
Buildings of Świebodzki Train Station: Noah’s Ark – coming back ashore

Amid the musical journeys of “Unfinished Palace”, we will also hear the sounds of flamenco and saeta. A saeta is a type of spontaneous religious song derived from Jewish ritual music. From around the XVI century, it accompanied processions during the Catholic Holy Week in Spain. In its character, the saeta is quite similar to flamenco, though the form and style of both types of song evolved and changed very much over the centuries.

These traditional Spanish sounds will be presented by the only flamenco singer currently living in Poland – Borja Soto – who comes from a well-known gypsy family in Seville. He will be accompanied by guitarist Damian Kowaliński.


Bastiaan Maris[concert]

7.09 godz. 19:00
Buildings of Świebodzki Train Station: Noah’s Ark – coming back ashore

Working with steam, fire and sound, Bastiaan Maris creates living paintings in his work. The artist transforms technical elements into a complex organism. The aim of his installations is to bring back life to the Świebodzki Train Station, which no longer functions today. The abandoned train station, which was witness to many individual stories of people forced to migrate, no longer serves its fundamental purpose. Using various tools and pyrotechnic techniques, Maris will bring new artistic life to the place which saw hundreds of thousands of people leaving and arriving.


Only a human being[Bente Kahan]

9.09 godz. 19:00
Buildings of Świebodzki Train Station: Noah’s Ark – coming back ashore

Bente Kahan – actress, singer, and director, is one of the most active promoters of Jewish culture in Poland. In her concert “Only a Human Being”, Kahan will sing interpretations of Tadeusz Różewicz’s poetry translated by Joanna Trzeciak. The artist presented this material for the first time in June 2015 as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Center for Jewish Culture and Education in the White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw.


Małe Instrumenty[concert]

10.09 20:00
Buildings of Świebodzki Train Station: Noah’s Ark – coming back ashore


Olga Tokarczuk[Nameless landscape]

1.09 godz. 19:00
Buildings of Świebodzki Train Station: Noah’s Ark – coming back ashore

Olga Tokarczuk and her creative output will be one of the main voices reflecting artistically on European identity. As one of the foremost Polish authors, essayists, and poets, she has often dealt with the subject of European as well as Polish cultural identity in her work. Tokarczuk will present a text on Lower Silesian identity, which she has written especially for the needs of the “Unfinished Palace, Moving People, Floating Borders/European Songlines” project. In the material, the poet analyzes the identity of Lower Silesia and, through this filter, she tries to understand what exactly we mean when we speak of European identity. This text will represent the unique manifesto of the entire project.


Olga Tokarczuk[The Jacobean Books]

10.09 godz. 19:00
Buildings of Świebodzki Train Station: Noah’s Ark – coming back ashore

Leaving one faith in order to follow a different truth is one of the themes found in Olga Tokarczuk’s novel “The Jacobean Books”. The questions of religion, truth, and that which has formed the identity of today’s Europe are the questions being asked by the artists behind the “Unfinished Palace, Moving People, Floating Borders/European Songlines” project.

On the last day, the author will read fragments from this, her most renowned book, which won the Nike award.


Matthias Göritz[Transfer!]

2.09 godz. 19:00
Buildings of Świebodzki Train Station: Noah’s Ark – coming back ashore

In Wroclaw, Matthias Göritz is mainly known for his participation in the play “Transfer!”, directed by Jan Klata, which played at the Wroclaw Współczesny Theatre and made headlines. Göritz had already met Stephan Stroux during the publication of the book “The Real End of the War is Before Its Beginning”, in which his own work was published, along with texts by Volker Braun, Durs Grunbein, Wojciech Jagielski, Marian Pankowski, Silke Scheuermann, Salinia Stroux, Wojciech Tochman, Olga Tokarczuk and Magdalena Tulli.

In “Unfinished Palace, Moving People, Floating Borders/European Songlines,” Göritz continues the work he began in “Transfer!” in an even wider context. In his work, the poet deals with the themes of identity and human dignity, observing the current movement of refugees and analyzing the history of Wroclaw’s migrations.

Göritz will read fragments of the play “Transfer!”, based on his book “Jakob Voss’ Short Dream”.

In the reading, a fragment of the script of “Transfer!” is used Author of fragment: Matthias Göritz, Director: Jan Klata, Theatre: the Edmund Wierciński Współczesny Theatre in Wroclaw Premiere: 18/11/2006


Ales Steger[reading]

8.09 godz. 19:00
Buildings of Świebodzki Train Station: Noah’s Ark – coming back ashore



31.08-3.09 godz. 17:00-20:00; 6.09-10.09 godz. 17:00-20:00
Buildings of Świebodzki Train Station

The Maidan installation, which makes reference to the recent events in the Ukraine, serves as a reminder that people have the right to fight for their rights and for democracy. Identity is built and maintained only when we are able to understand and define ourselves, while, at the same time, respecting others. Meeting with this “other” brings about the realization that each of us deserves the same fundamental rights and that we all have the same needs. Freedom, therefore, is not a question of nationality or passport, but the mutual recognition of each other and the mutual acceptance of each other’s right to live.


Don’t be so sure that you are legal[dir. by Stephan Stroux]

31.08-3.09 godz. 20:30
Buildings of Świebodzki Train Station: Platforms, rails and walls

This is a multimedia performance dealing with the subject of the journeys and migration of people in Europe. Using various art forms, such as theatre, film, performance art, sound, light, and photography, the artists encourage reflection on the reasons, needs and facts of human migration. Actors from the Polski Theatre in Wroclaw (Małgorzata Gorol, Adam Szczyszczaj, Marta Zięba), as well as actors regularly collaborating with the Grotowksi Institute in Wroclaw (Ditte Berkeley, Matej Matejka, Agnieszka Ćwieląg), will perform in the show.

The now - abandoned Świebodzki train station in Wroclaw was witness to hundreds of thousands of individual stories of people who were forced to leave Lower Silesia or who arrived here from distant Eastern regions. On the basis of several dozen interviews, films, sound recordings, and photographs, Stephan Stroux asks what is a person’s home to them and what may be the significance of needing to leave it. How, in such a situation, can one take with them at least a small part of what was their identity until now? Or how can one begin to build a new identity? If we were to reach into our DNA, we would learn that the history of migration affects each and every one of us. Recent world events show us just how fragile and fleeting absolute certainty of one’s world, identity, and nationality is.

The director provokes the audience directly by saying “Don’t be so sure that you are legal here”. It’s not a matter of passport or citizenship, but the ability to live and accept other people. The only way to be “legal” is by mutual respect and acceptance of the person you are speaking to.




show detailed programme Aug. 31 - Sept. 10 2016 Dworzec Świebodzki Wroclaw Tickets cost 1 zloty and are available before the entry to the event.


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Co-organized by
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