CALL FOR PROPOSALS
In reference to the tradition of theatrical exploration carried out in 1959–1964 in Opole by Jerzy Grotowski and the Theatre of 13 Rows, the Jan Kochanowski Theatre created a new platform for fresh and unconventional dialogue with the audience, escaping from museum-like approach to Grotowski heritage. In order to ensure that artists have open access to this space, the JK Theatre launched the Competition within the Modelatornia programme. The intention of the Competition’s initiators was to start and to continue explorations, in contemporary cultural, social, political and artistic contexts, that would creatively echo the professional experimental theatre formula as proposed by Grotowski. Our goal is to create on Modelatornia an asylum for all theatre makers willing to try new forms and ways to communicate with the audience.
We’re looking for artists, that are ready to confront themselves, with many other disciplines of arts (visual, sound, classical music, performance, new drama, cinema, devised methods and many others) in order to find new perspective for theatre in general. We need young and open-minded makers, open for dialogue and critique, willing to broaden their (and ours) horizons, basing their work ethics on strong believe in constant renewal of creative methods. We need partners in crime against old habits, ingrained forms and slothful topics.
Following the idea expressed in the Modelatornia Triennale manifesto, we want to look for other experiment-based models of institutional work. These are supposed to be models which will enable us to meet a new generation of creators and to facilitate the exchange of thought and practices. The past editions of the call for proposals were limited to producing the director’s vision selected by the jury. In this edition, we decided to expand this formula by adding a residency programme component. Three artistic groups will be selected based on submitted applications to take part in the common residency programme in Opole. They will be working on their projects for two weeks, supported by a group of Polish and international experts (creators, curators, theoreticians, etc.) and the artists of the TJK Theatre. This phase will be closed with the staging of three in-the-making performances, which will be assessed by the international jury that will select one of them to be produced at the Modelatornia.
We hope that in this manner we will be able to support a wider group of young Polish artists and, at the same time, promote their work internationally.
Edition 4 of the call for proposals will be focused on the concept of CATHARSIS – the ancient idea of purification experienced by the audience after a play. We look for projects that correspond with this concept in a wider dimension, without being limited to the coronavirus pandemic, as we are aware that this wide range of possibilities will stay open to the experience of a widely understood experimental theatre.
PROPOSALS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED BY
31 MARCH 2021
NUNS LEAVE IN SILENCE
The fact-based stories of former nuns pose questions about the essence of identity and vocation, understood both in the context of the sacred and the profane, through the service to God, to the mission and ethos of an actor.
DIRECTOR: Daria Kopiec
SCRIPT WRITER: Martyna Lechman
LIVE MUSIC: Natalia Czekała
CHOREOGRAPHY: Aneta Jankowska
COSTUMES: Patrycja Fitzet
A RIVER FLOWS DOWN
Performance with live music, based on the real stories of the residents of Opole from the Millennium Flood of 1997.
This is a story about human solidarity, friendship in the moments of crisis, bonfires on the roofs of buildings attended together, and the joy of the survival of close persons
DIRECTOR: Elżbieta Depta
TEXT: Elżbieta Depta i Adrian Szafrański
STAGE DESIGN: Agata Andrusyszyn-Chwastek
MUSIC: Łukasz Maciej Szymborski
CHOREOGRAPHY: Kamil Wawrzuta
The project that moves us back to the roots of Polish blackness. It roots down to the hidden stories of African slaves at Polish courts in the 17th and 18th century and makes us travel in time to current days, free from racism and biases. Or not really free?
DIRECTOR: Wiktor Bagiński
SCRIPTWRITER: Wiktor Bagiński i Paweł Sablik
PLAYWRIGHT: Paweł Sablik
STAGE DESIGN AND COSTUMES: Anna Oramus
MUSIC: Bartek Prosuł, Karol Kossakowski
CHOREOGRAPHY: Krystyna Lama-Szydłowska
LIGHTING DIRECTOR: Natan Berkowicz
Looking for a new platform to fulfil the statutory role of theatre, and also being aware of the challenging situation many (especially young) artists found themselves in, we created an open call for projects focusing on the theme "metamorphosis".
Due to the character of the competition and the lack of access to the theatre stage, we look for projects from such areas as video art, video performance, sound art, net art, VR, AR and other forms designed for online channels of communication.
Modelatornia Competition aims to support artists in a difficult moment of a pandemic, creating conditions for creative involvement in the fight against the economic and social consequences of COVID-19.