Workshops with Teresa and Andrzej Wełmiński

19-25 September 2016, 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Teresa and Andrzej Wełmiński
Maximum number of participants: 15


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*To enrol in the workshops, buy a ticket online or at the box office no later than 15 September. By purchasing a ticket a participant agrees to the terms and conditions which require a signed consent of all workshop participants.

The workshop participation fee is 120 PLN. The fee for each additional workshop will be reduced by 50% (60 PLN). The offer is also valid for participants of last year’s edition. For those aged 65 and older the workshops are free.


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The workshops facilitated by Teresa and Andrzej Wełmiński present the Cricot 2 Theatre as a significant and unique phenomenon in world theatre.

They gained their experience through creative participation in Tadeusz Kantor’s theatre since 1973, and after the theatre was dissolved – through continued drama activity and working on their own, autonomous productions.

The work is based on local character of a space and individual talents and abilities of participants. Exercises usually begin with elementary stage behaviour. The object and how to use it, space, time, their transformations, movement, production structures, scene editing, meaning of text etc.

The workshops will involve exercises in voice, physical movement, rhythm control, ability to transform and modify a character, but also construction of objects and costumes necessary for stage etudes. There is constant interaction and feedback between all participants and other elements, syntheses gradually crystallise and all elements become combined in the form of autonomous actions and etudes.

In each case the result of the workshops is different, and the final show has a unique form.





The above are some of the notions and concepts which appear in contemporary discourse about art.
We will refer to those notions and concepts during this year’s edition (focused around the essay Confusing Concepts by Tadeusz Kantor).
We will see how the concepts operated in the Cricot 2 Theatre and what strategies and tactics of creation they involved.


Our actions are part of the general range of problems in current art.

The workshops are a stage in the process of creating a production (even a playlet, interlude or intermediate performances), and the creation of a performance is always an attempt at defining those problems. Actors’ work does not only involve acting but many more areas of artistic activity.

Such has always been the character of the Cricot 2 Theatre.

Our objective is to create a wide platform of activities which are to facilitate going beyond conventional imagination and can lead to a discovery of new forms of theatre.

Sharing the knowledge of the Cricot 2 Theatre is not only a discovery of a fossilised layer of meanings, it is an endless creative process, living practice stemming from fundamental principles of contemporary art, emphasising the role of risk, creativity, uncertainty, irreversibility and shared responsibility for the final form.


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Actress, director. Graduate of Nursing School in Krakow. From 1976 to 1990 she worked with Tadeusz Kantor and performed in the following productions of the Cricot 2 Theatre: The Dead Class, Where Are the Snows of Yesteryear, Wielopole, Wielopole, Let the Artists Die, I Shall Never Return and Today Is My Birthday. Since 1992 she has been working on theatre productions and running theatre workshops along with Andrzej Wełmiński.



Graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (diploma under Professor Włodzimierz Kunz, 1977). Involved in drawing, painting, photography, creating objects and installations. Associated with the Foksal Gallery and the Krzysztofory Gallery. Actor and director. Worked with Tadeusz Kantor, from 1973 to 1990 he participated in all the productions and tours of the Cricot 2 Theatre.

Co-author – with his wife Teresa – of performances: Manjacy of Their Master’s voice with the Actors of the Cricot 2 Theatre, 1993; America or don’t look back with the Actors of the Cricot 2 Theatre, 1995; Devil of the motion in Teatr Polski in Bydgoszcz, 1996; Slaughterhouse by Sławomir Mrożek in Teatr Polski in Bydgoszcz, 1997; Da liegt der Hund begraben – Germanias Halluzinationen – Theater Rampe, Stuttgart, 1997; set design for a musical De Dolende Ney – Amsterdam, 1999; Hydromaschinen Prozession – an outdoor happening as part of stadt im flussevent, commissioned by Esslingen municipal authorities, 2005; Gone, Passed and So Will All the Stories… (Minęło, minęło i tak przeminą wszystkie historie) with the Actors of the Cricot 2 Theatre, 2007; Traumatikon – Rose Bruford College, London, 2011; Flammarion – La MaMa Spoleto, 2011; Pages from the Book of… – Rose Bruford College, London, 2012, performance presented at the International Festival Istropolitana Project in Bratislava (which received two main awards in the following categories: Outstanding Achievement and Best Production), at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Moscow at the Moscow International University Theatre Festival.

Teresa and Andrzej Wełmiński give lectures and workshops on the history, theory (philosophy) and stage practices of the Cricot 2 Theatre. They have run workshops in Stuttgart, Romainmotier, in Rote Fabryk in Zurich, Scuola Teatro Dimitri Verscio, Loughborough University, UK, University of Washington, USA, Rose Bruford College in London, University of Tehran and other places.

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