Meetings, performances, conferences. 12th Festival of Literature and Theatre Between. Pomiędzy

The Between. Pomiędzy Festival of Literature and Theatre will take place in virtual space for the second time. The 12th edition of the event from May 10 to 16, 2021 will feature meetings with poets, writers and translators, presentations of theatre recordings, the premiere of a radio play, discussions, as well as student projects, conferences and seminars. The festival promotes humanistic research and cooperation between artists, researchers and all those interested in literature and theatre.

The Festival is organised by the Between. Pomiędzy Foundation, the University of Gdańsk and the Warsaw SWPS University of Humanities and Social Sciences, with partners BOTO Theatre, ZAR Theatre, the National Museum in Gdańsk and institutions from the USA, Brazil, Ireland and Romania. The festival is organised under the honorary patronage of the Rectors of Gdansk University, SWPS University and the Embassy of Ireland in Poland.

- 'The 11th edition of the festival is already behind us. We try to meet the need of the literary and theatrical world to meet with the national and international academic community,' - explain the organisers from the Between. Pomiędzy Foundation. - 'The festival takes place in May, lasts about a week, and has a local, national and global character, which is facilitated by permanent cooperation with several institutions from Poland and abroad,' they add. In their opinion, the festival is supposed to be a place that attempts to take a creative and academic look at what modernity is, and therefore creative/cognitive creativity is inscribed in its concept.

The rich programme from May 10 to 16 offers a multitude of meetings, discussions, performances and events. The festival will be attended, among others, by English-language poets Paula Meehan, Mimi Khalvati (the meetings will be translated simultaneously) and Jen Hadfield, as well as writers Natasza Goerke, Andrzej Stasiuk and Paweł Próchniak, and artists from Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw, Teatr ZAR and Teatr Pieśń Kozła. A conversation with the directors of the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, Paweł Łysak and Paweł Sztarbowski, as well as with the other creators of the play How to Save the World, is planned.

As part of a series of meetings entitled Theatre in the Tri-City, a walk around a wavy block in Przymorze is planned together with Miniatura Theatre. - 'The cooperation with Gdansk's Miniatura Theatre is special this year,' say the organisers. - 'On Sunday noon, it will be possible to take part in a Concrestroll-inspired walk around the longest wavy block in Gdańsk Przymorze, combined with a virtual tour.'

There will also be a premiere of a radio play for children, A Strong Group from the Trash, directed by Iwona Borawska, of which the Foundation is a co-producer.

Within the framework of meetings concerning the theatrical life of the Tricity, meetings with Małgorzata Abramowicz on theatre archives and with Mieczysław Abramowicz on the Memory of the Theatre in Gdansk are also planned. The programme also includes the premiere of a recording of BOTO (read by Sybilla), as well as a recording of the dance theatre collective Dziki Styl Company, photographs by Jerzy Bartkowski, Karolina Trapp and paintings by Iwona Bandzarewicz and Lee Ranaldo.

A permanent element of the festival will be the Gdansk Beckett Seminar, co-organised with Trinity College Dublin, Florida State University (USA), and the Federal State University of Goiás (Brazil), which will host artists and researchers from the United States, Brazil, Ireland, Great Britain, Russia, and China.

Workshops, lectures and meetings with authors will be organised in cooperation with schools and cultural institutions and will be addressed to secondary school students and their teachers, organizers of culture, on literature and theatre. The educational programme is local (webinar Remus, or a Kashubian story), national (Tadeusz Różewicz: tradition - avant-garde) and international (Poems by David Constantine, From Poe to Miéville: expeditions into (new) literature of the uncanny and As if not from this world - poems by Elizabeth Bishop).

The festival will also host the student-doctoral conference Youth Island 2021, which, in addition to papers on academic work, will feature student projects and a happening organised by Martin Blaszka together with students of art institution management.


May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Opening of the Festival - Tomasz Wiśniewski, David Malcolm and Katarzyna Kręglewska

10.00-14.00 Between. Education: a programme for high school students (R)

17.00 On different forms of recording the experience of a pandemic. A conversation with the editorial team of the book Between, published by Goyki 3 Art Incubator

19.00 Poems for Today: a meeting with Jen Hadfield. Moderated by Monika Szuba (R, ENG)

21.00 Song of the Goat Theatre, Anti-Gone (part two, recording)

May 11, 2021 (Tuesday)

9.00-16.00 Youth Island: student-doctoral conference (R)

16.00 The Strangest Androgyne - a project about autism. The discussion will be led by Małgorzata Woźniak and Janusz Mosakowski

Wild Style Company, Reality Disappears After Walking (recording)

21.00 ZAR Theatre, Anhelli. The Whine (recording)

May 12, 2021 (Wednesday)

9.00-16.00 Youth Island: student-doctoral conference (R)

19.00 Poems for today: author meeting with Paula Meehan. Moderated by Wolfgang Görtschacher (ENG, translation into Polish)

21.00 Gdańsk Beckett Seminar: Fortieth Anniversary of 'Impromptu Ohio' (R, ENG)

May 13, 2021 (Thursday)

Poetry and Drama for Today: an academic conference (R, ENG)

19.00 Poems for today: a meeting with Mimi Khalvati. Chairing: David Malcolm (Polish translation)

21.00 Gdańsk Beckett Seminar: Beckett in virtual space (R, ENG)

May 14, 2021 (Friday)

Poetry and Drama for Today: an academic conference (R, ENG)

18.00 How Artificial Intelligence shapes our identity and creativity - workshop by Izabela Witoszko (MIT/Microsoft). Chairing: Sylwia Dobkowska (R, ENG)

16.00-20.00 How to save the world on a small stage - presentation of a recording of a performance by the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw (duration: 110 minutes, ticketed event, Powszechny Theatre box office)

20.00 Talk about the performance with Paweł Łysak, Paweł Sztarbowski and the actors - moderated by Katarzyna Kręglewska and Małgorzata Woźniak.

May 15, 2021 (Saturday)

Black on Between

12.00 There, that is Nepal - Katarzyna Kręglewska talks with Natasza Goerke

Theatre in the Tri-City: Theatre of Dreams

13.00 'Reach for the sky'. Theatre of Dreams - Katarzyna Kręglewska and Ewelina Stefańska talk with Barbara Świąder-Puchowska

Black on Between

17.00 Radiation of the background - Paweł Próchniak interviewed by Olga Kubińska

Black on Between

20.00 Carriage - Katarzyna Kręglewska talks to Andrzej Stasiuk

21.30 Carnal (physical theatre), Tropical Phenomena (musical), Pan-Demon (installation) - realised by the National Academy of Arts "George Enescu" in Iași (Romania) (English subtitles)

May 16, 2021 (Sunday)

Theatre in the Tri-city: Teatr Miniatura (R)

12.00 Concrete - a walk through a block of flats with a virtual guided tour

Around translation and comparative studies

13.00 Translation - David Malcolm in conversation with Agnieszka Pantuchowicz

14.00 Textuality: Żaneta Nalewajk in conversation with Marian Polak-Chlabicz

15.00 Dialogue on Philip Roth's talks - Katarzyna Kręglewska and Tomasz Wiśniewski with Olga and Wojciech Kubiński

16.00 Theatre in the Tri-city: Teatr Miniatura - premiere of the children's play The Strong Group from the Trash, directed by Iwona Borawska

Theatre in Tri-City: talks by Katarzyna Kręglewska

17.00 Theatrical archives - meeting with Małgorzata Abramowicz

18.00 Memory of the theatre in Gdańsk - meeting with Mieczysław Abramowicz

20.00 Theatre in Tri-City: BOTO reads: Sybilla - recording premiere

21.30 Closing of the festival - Katarzyna Kręglewska, David Malcolm and Tomasz Wiśniewski

The festival programme is subject to change.

Most events will be available free of charge, some will be booked, and the recording of Teatr Powszechny's performance will be ticketed.

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