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In­ter­na­tio­nal The­atre Fe­sti­val Re­tro­per­spek­ty­wy 2022



CHO­REA The­atre / Art Fac­to­ry in Lodz


Thre­ats to our pla­net and hu­man kind are be­co­ming in­cre­asin­gly pre­sent in pu­blic awa­re­ness. It has been par­ti­cu­lar­ly pro­ven by the ana­ly­ses con­duc­ted by the big­gest re­se­arch cen­tres all over the world. Li­te­ra­tu­re, vi­su­al arts and per­for­ma­ti­ve arts also di­scuss the for­th­co­ming spec­tre of glo­bal di­sa­ster. Wi­thin the zone of both scien­ti­fic re­se­arch and ar­ti­stic achie­ve­ments, the ba­lan­ce be­twe­en hope for re­scue and lack of hope se­ems to be hi­gh­ly di­stur­bed in fa­vo­ur of the se­cond one. New tech­no­lo­gies, de­ve­lo­ping ra­pi­dly, al­low ac­cu­mu­la­tion of the who­le hu­man know­led­ge, im­me­dia­te flow and pro­ces­sing of in­for­ma­tion as well as pre­dic­tion of the ap­pro­aching di­sa­sters with high ac­cu­ra­cy. Pro­gres­si­ve­ly, we be­gin to use re­ne­wa­ble so­ur­ces of ener­gy and elec­tri­ci­ty as the main fuel that does not de­stroy the envi­ron­ment. Me­di­cal ad­van­ces aim at eli­mi­na­tion of all hu­man di­se­ases and at pro­lon­ga­tion of phy­si­cal as well as bio­lo­gi­cal hu­man exi­sten­ce. The first time in hi­sto­ry it is scien­ce, not re­li­gion, pro­mi­sing man­kind IM­MOR­TA­LI­TY!

On the other hand, we may sim­ply miss the chan­ce. Cli­ma­te chan­ges may cau­se hun­ger, un­con­trol­led hu­man mi­gra­tions as well as wars over wa­ter and food. Explo­ita­tion of the pla­net’s re­so­ur­ces and epi­de­mic of new di­se­ases will re­stra­in or stop the eco­no­my in many re­gions of the world. Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gen­ce, equ­ip­ped with its own, in­de­pen­dent de­ci­sion-ma­king, can im­ple­ment its own plan, unk­nown to us.

Yet it may oc­cur that after 2020, pan­de­mic, de­struc­ti­ve in its eve­ry aspect, and strong con­flicts of va­lu­es, pe­ople want so­me­thing com­ple­te­ly dif­fe­rent. May­be the old world, with its ca­te­go­ries and va­lu­es, will le­ave ir­re­trie­va­bly. May­be the­atre, in the for­th­co­ming years, has got the task not to look back, with no­stal­gy or cur­se, but open the win­dow to the bri­ght new world, the be­gin­ning of a new gre­at cen­tu­ry. What if the sto­ry abo­ut one’s dre­ams is the only hope for re­birth? Once more, the­atre has got a chan­ce not only to ask the most im­por­tant qu­estions but it sho­uld com­mit it­self to se­arch for an­swers in or­der to re­ta­in a true re­la­tion­ship with the vie­wer.

We wo­uld like to ad­dress the­se qu­estions to the au­thors in­vi­ted to the 2022 Re­tro­spek­ty­wy Fe­sti­val, for whom both the past, which for­med us thro­ugh ge­ne­ra­tions, and the fu­tu­re, which we will be for­ced to re­di­sco­ver and re­de­fi­ne in the se­cond half of the 21st cen­tu­ry, are im­por­tant. How do they per­ce­ive the be­gin­ning of a New World?


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The In­ter­na­tio­nal The­atre Fe­sti­val Re­tro­per­spek­ty­wy (RPS) is held cyc­li­cal­ly sin­ce 2010 in Fa­bry­ka Sztu­ki at 3 Ty­mie­niec­kie­go Stre­et in Lodz. Ha­ving the form of a fe­sti­val, it of­fers the most at­trac­ti­ve the­atre and dan­ce pro­po­sals from Po­land and other parts of the world. The event can be cha­ra­te­ri­zed by high pro­fes­sio­na­lism of per­for­mers, uni­qu­eness and co­he­ren­ce of the pro­gram­me, ava­ila­bi­li­ty to a wide and di­ver­si­fied au­dien­ce, rich of­fer of work­shops and me­etings with emi­nent au­thors of the­atre arts.  


Du­ring last 12 years (thro­ugho­ut 8 edi­tions of the Re­tro­per­spek­ty­wy Fe­sti­val and 2 edi­tions of the Per­spek­ty­wy Fe­sti­val) more then 120 per­for­man­ces and con­certs as well as 44 work­shops took pla­ce. 400 in­vi­ted gu­ests from more than 15 co­un­tries (in­c­lu­ding USA, In­dia, Swe­den, Gre­at Bri­ta­in, Nor­way, Por­tu­gal, Be­la­rus) sho­wed up at our ve­nue along with 30.500 spec­ta­tors and par­ti­ci­pants. We want to con­si­sten­tly con­ti­nue with our de­ve­lop­ment, which has been oc­cur­ring for a co­uple of years now, and or­ga­ni­ze yet ano­ther edi­tion of the in­ter­na­tio­nal fe­sti­val to in­vi­te out­stan­ding ar­ti­sts with the­ir the­atre, dan­ce and mu­sic per­for­man­ces. We will make it po­ssi­ble for the au­dien­ce to take part in the World of The­atre who­se main aim is a di­sco­ur­se on con­tem­po­ra­ry re­ali­ty as well as a se­arch for ori­gi­nal me­ans of ar­ti­stic expres­sion. Long-time con­si­sten­cy of get­ting thro­ugh to va­rio­us so­cial gro­ups (in­tel­lec­tu­als, pe­ople from un­der­se­rved com­mu­ni­ties, el­der­lies, stu­dents, youth, fa­mi­lies with chil­dren) and bu­il­ding fe­sti­val au­dien­ce de­ve­lop­ment con­tri­bu­ted to the event be­ing po­pu­lar and wi­de­ly re­co­gni­zed on the cul­tu­ral map of Lodz. Fe­sti­val goes bey­ond re­gu­lar un­der­ta­kings of CHO­REA The­atre and it al­lows to put on per­for­man­ces by Po­lish and in­ter­na­tio­nal ar­ti­sts who deal with the art of the­atre and dan­ce. It is an excu­se and an extra­or­di­na­ry chan­ce for per­for­man­ces that CHO­REA The­atre co-cre­ates with in­ter­na­tio­nal the­atres and ar­ti­sts. An im­por­tant idea, that pro­mo­tes the fe­sti­val from the very be­gin­ning, is cre­ating a brid­ge be­twe­en se­ar­ching no­vi­ces and sta­ge ma­sters, be­twe­en tra­di­tion and avant-gar­de.