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Polish theatre seminar and book launch

@ The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3HY
Friday 10 March 2017, 6:30–8:45pm

With talks by:

Natalia Zarzecka (Director, Cricoteka, Poland)
Michal A. Kobialka (Paul W. Frenzel Professor in Liberal Arts, University of Minneapolis, USA)
Bryce Lease (Senior Lecturer in Drama, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

Attendance is free but places are limited. Please visit Eventbrite to book.


6:30pm            Welcome

6:35pm            Presentation by Natalia Zarzecka on the role and work of the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka in Kraków.

7:00pm            Conversation between Michal Kobialka and Bryce Lease on contemporary perspectives in research on Polish theatre and on the theory and practice of Tadeusz Kantor.

7:45pm            Discussion

8:00pm            Wine reception and launch of the books:

After ’89: Polish theatre and the political, by Bryce Lease (Manchester University Press, 2016)

View on publisher's site.

Tadeusz Kantor: Other pasts, other futures, ed. by Michal Kobialka and Natalia Zarzecka (Polish Theatre Perspectives, 2017)

View on publisher's site.



Natalia Zarzecka is Director of Cricoteka: The Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, in Kraków, where she has led development of the centre’s new building and museum space on the Vistula river. She has co-curated several Polish and international exhibitions, including within the Kantor Centenary programme at Cricoteka (2015) and ‘An Impossible Journey: The Art and Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor’ at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, UK, within the Polska! Year (2009). She is co-editor of Italian and Polish editions of the Wielopole, Wielopole Dossier (Titivillus, 2006; Cricoteka, 2007) and Kantor Was Here (Black Dog Publishing, 2011), co-translator (with Silvia Parlagreco) of Podróż Tadeusza Kantora kompendium biograficzne (2002), and author of various texts on Tadeusz Kantor and Cricoteka.

Michal Kobialka is Professor of Theatre Arts at the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Minnesota. He has published over 75 articles, essays, and reviews in academic journals in the US and Europe. He is the author of A Journey Through Other Spaces: Essays and Manifestos, 1944–1990 (University of California Press, 1993), This Is My Body: Representational Practices in the Early Middle Ages (University of Michigan Press, 1999), and Further on, Nothing: Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre (University of Minnesota Press, 2009); editor of Of Borders and Thresholds: Theatre History, Practice, and Theory (University of Minnesota Press, 1999); and co-editor (with Barbara Hanawalt) of Medieval Practices of Space (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) as well as (with Rosemarie K. Bank) of Theatre/Performance Historiography: Time, Space, Matter (Palgrave, 2015).

Bryce Lease is Senior Lecturer in Drama & Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. His articles and reviews on contemporary international performance have been published in The Drama Review (TDR), Contemporary Theatre Review (CTR), Theatre Research International (TRI), Theatre Journal, European Stages and Safundi. Overarching themes that frame his research interests are the interconnections between politics, nascent democracies, nationalism, counterpublics, gender, sexuality and cultural geography. He has published widely on Polish theatre, including his recent monograph After ’89: Polish Theatre and the Political (Manchester University Press, 2016). He is Subject Editor for European and South African Theatre/Performance for the Routledge Performance Archive, Book Reviews Editor for Contemporary Theatre Review, and is currently co-editing Contemporary European Playwrights (Routledge) with Maria Delgado and Dan Rebellato.


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