December workshops at Cricoteka

Theatre Biographies

Biographies/philosophies of a subject/a thing – in Tadeusz Kantor’s theatre and texts, Moderator: Łucja Iwanczewska
4 December (4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.), 5 December (4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.), 6 December 2014 (4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.) 

Kantor saves material traces by reaching for objects existing in the absence of people but suggesting their existence. Man with Suitcases, Girl with Spoons, Two Hasidim with a Board of Last Resort, Man with a Sack and its Unknown Contents, A Soldier with an Important Object – subjectivity is outside, in the person’s object, this is how the communion between the human the non-human is created, a causative communion of action and existence. We will be contemplating how objects record and replay the biography of characters created by Kantor but also his own biography. As Bruno Latour wrote: ‘Things are too real to be performances, too controversial, uncertain, collective, diversified, dividing to play the part of stable, stubborn, boring, basic qualities which set the world once and for all” . A thing can be a gravestone inscription and at the same time a testimony of life, its utilitarian function fulfills a commemorative function, human action is mediated by the presence of things, and both existences – that of a human and that of a thing – are equal citizens of the world. We will also deal with contemporary theories of subjectivity and identity in the context of Tadeusz Kantor’s work. The Workshop will be accompanied by a presentation of performances and collective reading of Kantor’s texts. Participants will receive an anthology of texts by Tadeusz Kantor as well as theoretical texts from the studies on biography of things which have been prepared for this occasion and are to be used as copies for private and domestic use.

Sign up till 28 November by sending a mail at Workshops are free of charge. We invite pupils and all interested in the subject.


Tadeusz Kantor. Przewodnik [A Guide Book], Moderator: Marta Bryś
12 December (4.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.), 13 December (11.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.), 14 December 2014 (11.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.) 

The workshop is addressed to anyone who would like to get to know Tadeusz Kantor’s work – mainly in the field of theatre. In the days of the workshop we will present fragments of performances, commentaries by Tadeusz Kantor himself, photographs and archive recordings. By getting to know successive works, participants will create a concept map which will help them see the differences and similarities between Kantor’s artistic concepts, as they changed in time. The workshop will be a creative work, based on discussions on the presented archive material. The objective of the workshop is to familiarise its participants with the vast and very complex work of Tadeusz Kantor and inspire them to further unassisted work.

Sign up till 3 December by sending a mail at Workshops are free of charge. We invite students and all interested in the subject.


Anatomical Theatre


Re: the anatomy lesson. Performance, documentation, repetition
Seminar by Joanna Jopek (CANCELLED)
12 December 2014, 5:00 p.m. 

The seminar is focused on an analysis of visual materials: replicas of prints illustrating anatomical theatres and anatomy lessons, replicas of The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, and documentations of Tadeusz Kantor’s The Anatomy Lesson According to Rembrandt. The themes of returning, repetition and transfer of meanings in representations of the ‘anatomy lesson’ will be accompanied by the findings of performance theorists – Peggy Phelan and Rebecca Schneider – who tackled the problem of the elusiveness of a performance as well as its possible documentation and reproduction.

Earlier declaration of workshop participation via email is required:


Performative workshop moderated by Wojtek Ziemilski
13 December 2014, (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Wojtek Ziemilski, a video artist, performer and director will run performative workshops, the starting point being the idea of theatrum anatomicum and Tadeusz Kantor’s happening The Anatomy Lesson According to Rembrandt.

Earlier declaration of workshop participation via email is required:



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