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Chronology based on the book by Zbigniew Tarantienko GARDZIENICE - Praktyki Teatralne Włodzimierza Staniewskiego Warsaw 1997.

 

2005

Each month held a session of the Academy for Theatre Practices and „Cosmos of Gardzienice”

30 September - 1 October 1 - Shows previews VASE FRANÇOIS. The premiere was held at the International Festival "Confrontations" October 9, 2005 in Gardzienice.

24 July - 7 August, United Kingdom (London) - Departure at the invitation of the National Theatre Studio in London. Masterclass of Wlodzimierz Staniewski in collaboration with actors of Center for Theater Practices  and the scientific advice from the professor. Oliver Taplin from Oxford University.

18 May - 10 June - "Column of art" - The exhibition of informal art group bringing together students and graduates of the Faculty of Arts University in Lublin and other Polish art schools.

9 April – 9 May - "Light underground" - The exhibition of glass art created by Martin Muranica.

4 - 24 - April  – Visit of the Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice" in New York. The performances of the Centre are held in collaboration with La MaMa Experrimental Theatre Club. Presentations performance ELECTRA, workshop sessions and lectures led by Wlodzimierz Staniewski and actors of Centre. Screenings of films from the archives of the Centre.

14 - 20 March   - Visit of artists Theatre "Gardzienice" to Moscow within the framework of the project "Polish theater yesterday and today." Presentations performance ELECTRA, a master class Wlodzimierz Staniewski for Russian actors and directors. The meeting with the theatrologists: prof. Leszek Kolankiewicz, prof. Gregory Halfling, prof. Alison Hodge and Wlodzimierz Staniewski.

18 – 19 February - Night Marathon Animation Hungarian. Two screenings organized at the cinema Bajka in Lublin. In total, showing over 100 films including the classic presentation of the achievements of the Hungarian animation from the early 60’s to the end of 90’s.

4 – 8 February Germany (Berlin) - Departure actors of Centre for the International Festival multimedia TRANSMEDIALE '05 motto: BASIC, Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Participants from the United States, Europe and Asia show their work within five days of the festival.

1 – 18 February Japan (Tokyo) - Reconnaissance of Wlodzimierz Staniewski in Japan. During their stay, they held a series of meetings devoted to the presentation of the achievements of the Centre and talks to prepare tour in Japan.

19 January - Homo Culturalis project as the part of the program "Youth", attended by young people from Polish, Estonia, Wales, Italy and Bulgaria. The project took place at Gardzienice.  Workshop led by the staff of the Centre. There were presented the artistic achievments and films from the performances and trips of Gardzienice.

 

2004

Each month held a session of the Academy for Theatre Practices and „Cosmos of Gardzienice”

18 December –  "Iphigenia - Inspirations" - a multimedia project based on a drama by Euripides “Iphigenia in Aulis” organized at the Cinema Bajka of Lublin and at the Gallery "Gardzienice"

12 December –  Meeting with the Ukrainian writer Natalia Śniadanko. She presented the book “Collection of passions”. The meeting was led by Andrzej Stasiuk.

27 - 28 November – Workshop for students IIIrd High School in Lublin.

26 November –  "Literary Meeting" Gardzienice – Czarne" with Lithuanian writer Renata Šerelyte She presented the book “Stars of Ice Age”.

18 November - 10 December – The Exhibition "Icon Ukrainian XVI-XIX centuries."

28 - 29 September –  Workshop session at the meetings of the "Europe of Peace" in Katowice Youth Palace.

6 – 11 September Session of workshop in Helsinki. Screening of films from the work of the Centre and practical classes with motion, voice and layouts

1 August Presentation of the show "Theatre of the Spirit of Music" in a specially adapted historic ruins of the Knights' Hall at the  Firley's Castle in Janowiec. Event was recorded by Polish Television.

28  June - 9 July Departure of Wlodzimierz Staniewski at „The XII International Meeting of Ancient Drama”in Delphi (Greece), where the director gave a lecture about the activities Theatre "Gardzienice".

25 June –  On the "Literary Meeting" Gardzienice – Czarne" took the promotion of the latest book by Andrzej Stasiuk „Going to Babadag. Meeting with Andrzej Stasiuk was led by Krzysztof Varga after that concert of Mikolaj Trzaska.

25 June  –  The show "Cosmos International", under which La MaMa Theatre gave a presentation of the  famous performance "Women of Troy".

13 - 21 July Recording „Metamorphoses” for Television Theatre, directed by Wlodzimierz Staniewski. Filmed by Jacek Petrycki and Krzysztof Gołąb.

17 - 24 June – The multimedia exhibition "Illusions" at Galeria Gardzienice. Young artists from across the Poland presented the most interesting phenomena of art using effects techniques (computer graphics, video, animation, installations, photographs, three-dimensional slides).

15 June  – Ellen Stewart founder of La MaMa Theatre, and part of its team visited at Gardzienice. Preparations for the famous performance "The Women of Troy".

28 May – Meeting with Romanian writer forming in German, Herta Müller. The meeting was led by Andrzej Stasiuk.

19 May - 10 June – The Gallery "Gardzienice" took place exhibition of the second year painting students of the Faculty of Arts Institute of Fine Arts at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin.

2 April – International cultural event "Kabbalah in Gardzienice" organized in collaboration with Artistic Agency "Ideefix" with the participation of musicians, performers, actors of Theatre "Gardzienice".

18 March - 17 April – Exhibition of works of  Zygmunt Rytka "Zygmunt Rytka - 20 years - photographs and objects

6 – 7 March –  Opening of the exhibition "Kitar and the Quadriga - music and sport in Ancient Greece" at the Museum of Musical Instruments in Poznan. Open workshops conducted by The Ancient Orchestra, in which children from the school of music actively participated  and  students of musicology and residents of Poznan too.

10 - 15 March – Reconnaissance of members of The Ancient Orchestra within the project "Unknown Sources European Music - Ancient Greece".

6 March  –  Open meeting with Philip Zarillim organized in the hall of the NN Theatre "Grodzka Gate".

March 5 – As a part of  project "Unknown Sources European Music - Ancient Greece" at the Museum of Musical Instruments in Poznan held a seminar discussion "New Trends and Prospects of Research on the Music of Antiquity," which involved Dr. Stefan Hagel from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a professor of classic philology - Jerzy Danielewicz.

24 – 26 February – Presentation of the Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice" in Budapest as part of the Festival "Beugro".

8 - 17 February –  Within the project "Unknown Sources European Music - Ancient Greece" in Warsaw took place: the spectacle The Ancient Orchestra and Earthfall Dance - Hode Galatan; the seminar "Music of antiquity today; workshops for students and young people carried out by members of The Ancient Orchestra.

January - December –  The multimedia exhibition "The Golden Bough".

26  January –  Lesson of Antiquity - music and movement workshops conducted by members of the Ancient Orchestra for high school students in Piaski and Rybczewice within the project "Unknown Sources European Music - Ancient Greece".

18 - 25 January – Presentations performance SCENES FROM ELECTRA according to Euripides, at the festival "Polish Express" organized by Hebel Theatre in Berlin.

 

2003

December – The exhibition "New Year's Meeting at Gardzienice".

6 - 21 December – The Project  „Ukraine - Poland – Europe”.

5 December  – Opening of the exhibition "The Golden Bough" was inspired by explorations of  Theater „Gardzienice”. Part of  the exhibition were works and drawings designed by Teresa Targońska "Scraps of hot notes” from Spain.

8 November  International conference "Other Europe, other cultures, other literature - opportunities and threats integration" with the participation of authors published by Czarne .

The conference and symposium "Unveiling Memory" conducted by Włodzimierz Staniewski. Concert Hutsul band "Cheremosh" from Verkhovyna (Ukraine).

9 - 24 November   The Ancient Orchestra visited at Atlantic College in Wales. Worked together with Earthfall Dance.

29 September  – The Ancient Orchestra concert organized together with the Austrian Academy of Sciences Seminar "Antike Music"  (Vienna). The other ancient music performers from Greece, Germany and Austria were involved also in that concert.

29 September - 1 October  – International seminar musicological "Performing Ancient Greek Music Today" organized by the Austrian Academy of Sciences  (Vienna) and co-organized by the Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice".

January - May – The "Practice theater for high school students",  three times a week in High School in Lublin took place the study of ancient culture. Classes were led by Dorota Porowska and Elizabeth Rojek, instructors of Center for Theater Practices.

17 - 26 July – Integration project "Local Community" with participation of students of the Institute of Fine Arts University in Lublin and local residents.

6 June – The Ancient Orchestra Project - Lesson of Antiquity. The concert and seminar in Slupsk at Art Festival - Greece, 2003.

30 May – Presentation of the book by Dr. Ireneusz Guszpit "Scenes from my theater," as the project "Literary Meetings Gardzienice - Czarne”. The meeting with the author was led by Mariusz Gołaj.

21 – 23 May – Workshops, presentations and seminars workThe Ancient Orchestra at the Centre for Study of J. Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, with participation Earthfall Danc.

17 May – Presentation of the book Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych "Perversion" in the cycle "Literary Meetings Gardzienice - Czarne. "The meeting with the author was led by Andrzej Stasiuk.

15 May – Concert Orchestra of Ancient  in Krakow connected to the promotion of the book by J. Landels „Music of Ancient Greece and Rome” and Ancient Orchestra CD (part of the project "Unknown Sources European Music - Ancient Greece").

8 May – Show of antique figures at the conference "Cultural far and near" organized by Student Scientific Cultural Department of the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin.

April - May – Work on the reconstruction of the instruments by the Ancient Orchestra. Beginning of the international project "Unknown Sources of European Music - Ancient Greece". Recording in the studio Hard-Record in Warsaw CD included with the book by J. Landels „Music of Ancient Greece and Rome”.

5 April  - 5 May – Exhibition "Bags Rita". Handbags designed and made by Iza Gkagkanis and Alicja Chludzińska.

15 April – Show of antique figures and lecture on ancient choreia organized in Stanislas Kostka's  High School Lublin.

12 April Presentation of the book Croatian writer Dubravka Ugrešić "Stefcia Ćwiek w szponach życia" in Lublin as the part of project "Literary Meetings Gardzienice - Czarne". Meeting with the author was led by Andrzej Stasiuk, participation with translators: Danuta Ćirlić-Straszyńska and Jovanka Ćirlić-Mentzel.

5 April – "Rita in the city" - presentation of the activities of the magazine "Rita Baum".

9 March  - Working meeting of theater "Gardzienice" with members of the Polish community organizations Helena Modrzejewska's Club. Preparations for a recording session The Ancient Orchestra. Workshops of ancient music - choreia in Poznan conducted by Tomasz Rodowicz and Maciej Rychły in cooperation with the Academy of Artes Liberales.

2 - 17 March Trip Theatre "Gardzienice" to the United States. Master classes of Wlodzimierz Staniewski and artists Center with students from Yale and Stanford.

2 February   Meeting of New Year in Gardzienice. The exhibition of photographs by Joanna Sikora and Pawel Jakubik - "Meeting of New Year 2002" and the exhibition of musical instruments.

 

2002

Each month held a session of the Academy for Theatre Practices and „Cosmos of Gardzienice”.

20 December  – Concert of The Ancient Orchestra at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw.

15 - 18 December – The master class for actors and directors was led by Włodzimierz Staniewski (Latvia, Riga).

14 December – Guest of the Literary Meetings (Lublin) was Bora Ćosić, author of the novel „The Role of my family in the world revolution”. Meeting was led by Andrzej Stasiuk.

20 - 27 November  –  Performances Theatre "Gardzienice" and workshop sessions were led by artists Center in Alcaniz and Zaragoza (Spain) organized as a part of the Polish Year in Spain in collaboration with the Centre for International Cultural Cooperation and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

8  - 13 October –The celebration of the 25th Anniversary the Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice". Took place as part of the VII International Theatre Festival "Confrontations" (Lublin, Gardzienice). Wlodzimierz Staniewski, Commissioner of Festival, had planned it in large part as a meeting of prominent theater artists from Russia and the USA.

18 August – Concert The Ancient Orchestra at the inauguration of the Festival of Song Our Roots (Jaroslaw).

1 - 11 August – Consortium for Theatre Practices at Gardzienice, work session involving a group of students, actors and directors from the USA, students of the Academy for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice" and participants from France and Australia.

1 July – The ceremony at which Wlodzimierz Staniewski, Tomasz Rodowicz and Mariusz Golaj decorated by the President of the Polish Republic of the Order of the Rebirth of Polish(Gardzienice).

29  June - 1 July  – During the Programme of Rural at Gardzienice took place teams concerts from Russia and Portugal (part of the XVII International Folklore Meetings in Lublin).

27 - 29 June – Master class in Warsaw Theatre Academy (part of the International Festival of Theatre Schools) led by Włodzimierz Staniewski and actors of Centre for Theatre Practices.

20 - 23 June  –Włodzimierz Staniewski took part in the international Symposium on Contemporary Performance of Ancient Greek Drama (Los Angeles, USA).

15 June – The Ancient Orchestra concerted at Gardzienice with the participation of Bulgarian musicians Theodossi Spassov and Stoyan Yankulov.

May –  Meeting with the Romanian writer Simon Popescu, author of the book „Wylinka”, (Lublin).

March - April   – "Meeting 1" - The exhibition of sculptures of Adam Myjak and paintings by Marian Czapla in the Gallery of the Centre for Theatre Practices (Lublin).

March  – The cyclical "Literary Meetings Gardzienice - Black". Guest was Marius Ivaskievicius Lithuanian writer, author of the book „History from the cloud”.

February   – Exhibition of photos by Magda Kamola "Enchanted Polesie" in the Gallery of the Centre for Theatre Practices (Lublin).

20  January  – New Year's Meeting for residents Gardzienice and the surrounding area.

 

2001

Each month held a session of the Academy for Theatre Practices and „Cosmos of Gardzienice”.

4 - 5 December – Ancient Orchestra's concerts with the participation of Bulgarian musicians Theodosis Spassov and Stoyan Yankulov. 

30 November - 2 DecemberThe third edition of the project „Ukraine - Poland – Europe”.

24 - 27 OctoberOFF - Confrontations (Lublin, Gardzienice). First show of scenes from THE DEAD CLASS (dir. Krzysztof Miklaszewski) performed by graduates of the second edition of the Academy for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice" and also the first concert of Ancient Orchestra.

28  August - 2 September – Reconnaissance Marcin Mrowca and Mariana Sadowska in Ukraine.(Kiev, Połtawszczyzna-Krieczkiwka, Polesie).

15 - 31 July  – Reconnaissance Tomasz Rodowicz and Maciej Rychły in project Ancient Orchestra (Bulgaria).

23 - 25 May – The share in the III International Theatre Olympiad organized by the Vsevolod Meyerhold's Moscow Centre. Presentation of „The Metamorphoses” and a master class for actors, directors and students.

21  January - 2 March – Expedition artists Theatre "Gardzienice" to the USA. Numerous presentations of THE METAMORPHOSES. Wlodzimierz Staniewski's lectures and workshop sessions. Reconnaissance for the Indians of Taos Pueblo and Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico.

 

2000

Each month held a session of the Academy for Theatre Practices.

16 – 17 December  –  The first edition of meeting „Ukraine - Poland – Europe” (Gardzienice, Lublin). Distributed CD music from performance THE METAMORPHOSES.

7 – 14 October  – Festival Mysteries and Initiations by Wlodzimierz Staniewski within the project "Krakow 2000". Numerous presentations, lectures, workshops, films about the activities of the Centre for Theatre Practices. Presentation THE METAMORPHOSES.

4 – 7 October  – Festival OFF – Confrontations  (Lublin, Gardzienice).

8 - 13 August  –  "Balkan Nights" at Gardzienice. Concerts, workshops and lectures with the participation of the High Singing Group from the village Satovcza in the Rhodope Mountains (Bulgaria) and the team of Slobodan Markowicz from Slatina the village on the border between Serbia and Romania.

30  May - 8 June  – On the invitation of the Centre for Study of Jerzy Grotowski and Theatrical-Cultural's Searching and the Mayor of Wroclaw team presents five times THE METAMORPHOSES and „Cosmos of  Gardzienice”. At the University of Wroclaw held workshop sessions.

15  January  – Meeting New Year for residents Gardzienice and the surrounding area.

 

1999

Each month held a session of the Academy for Theatre Practices.

12 – 16 October - International symposium „MISTERIA and Initiation” by  Włodzimierz Staniewski as part of the Festival "Krakow 2000".

October  - Presentation THE METAMORPHOSES at the International Theatre Festival "Mess" (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo). The award of "Golden Laurel Wreath".

6 – 9  October - At the International Theatre Festival "Confrontations" (Lublin, Gardzienice), took place 1st edition of OFF-Confrontation.

August  - Reconnaissance of the students of the Academy of Theatre Practices (Slovakia).

2 - 4 July  -  Presentation of "Cosmos of Gardzienice" in Berlin.

25 - 29  June - Presentation THE METAMORPHOSES in Parochialkirche at the International Festival of Theater der Welt  (Berlin).

22- 23 May –.  Reconnaissance of the students of the Academy of Theatre Practices (Lemkovyna - Olchowiec).

March - Presentation THE METAMORPHOSES  at The Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw during the Festival  Theatre End of the Age.

 

1998

Each month held a session of the Academy for Theatre Practices.

November - The tour on invitation of Double Edge Theatre (USA).

October - Presentation THE METAMORPHOSES at the Festival "Landscape X" (Sweden), dedicated to utopia and dystropia held within the project "Stockholm - Cultural Capital of Europe '98".

30  October - Gardzienice - session "Imagination anthropological" with the participation of the Institute of Polish Culture at Warsaw University.

October - Presentation THE METAMORPHOSES at the International Theatre Festival "Confrontations" (Lublin).

June - Shows THE METAMORPHOSES at the International Theatre Festival in Porsgrunn (Norway).

May - Lemkovyna - Reconnaissance of the students of the Academy of Theatre Practices. Presentation CARMINA BURANA in Olchowiec.

 

1997

14 -15 October - The celebration of two decades Center for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice" at the „Maly Theatre” in Warsaw organized by "Studnia O".

9 October - Promotion of the book by Zbigniew Taranienko "Gardzienice. Practice Theatre Wlodzimierz Staniewski." The performance of Metamorphosis.

8 - 9 October - As part of the International Theatre Festival "Confrontations" celebration held two decades theater.

7 - 8  October - Pre-premiere show of Metamorphosis written by Apuleius.

September - The inauguration of the first edition of the Academy for Theatre Practices.

26 - 28 September - Jewish Culture Festival "Taste of Shabbat" (lead - Rabbi Michael Schudrich), and the exhibition of works Mira Zelechower-Aleksiun.

 

1996

Autumn - winter, Gardzienice

The work on the new performance continues.

November, Kłodzko

Participation in the 6th International Collision of Theatres: two presentations of CARMINA BURANA, presentation of the work techniques (including the musical material for METAMORPHOSES).

November, Ireland

Work-sessions - the continuation of the Irish project - run by Włodzimierz Staniewski, accompanied by M. Gołaj, M. Mrowca, M. Sadowska, E. Rojek, K. Forsmo and M. Rychły.

The first concert rehearsal for METAMORPHOSES.

November, Federal Republic of Germany (Landsberg)

Two presentations of the Diptych.

September, Egypt (Cairo)

Participation in the International Festival of Experimental Theatre: three presentations of CARMINA BURANA. The award of critics and audience for GARDZIENICE. Gatherings arranged by GARDZIENICE in the traditional enclaves.

July, Sweden (Lulea)

Participation in the Nordanlandens Teaterfestdagar - three presentations of CARMINA BURANA.

March, Warsaw

During a meeting at the University of Warsaw W. Staniewski introduces Howard Brenton. The session is devoted to the work on Apuleius. A musical Gathering is organised.

 

1995

December, Gardzienice

Irish Nights: a series of Gatherings, concerts, workshop activities. Musicians from Ireland, the course participants and the villagers take part.

November, Katowice

The 4th Upper Silesia Festival of Chamber Music: presentation of CARMINA BURANA and a demonstration of the actor’s work techniques. The opening of Mira Żelechower-Aleksiuns exhibition (at the Centre of the Polish Scenography) entitled My — Our GARDZIENICE: on the Centre of Theatrical Practices.

October, Wrocław

Włodzimierz Staniewski gives a lecture at the University of Wrocław and conducts a workshop programme. Songs for the future performance are presented.

October, Federal Republic of Germany (Berlin)

Grenzenlos [Meetings with the Polish Culture]: presentation of CARMINA BURANA.

August, United States (Boulder, Co., New York)

W. Staniewski, accompanied by M. Gołaj, D. Porowska, M. Mrowca and M. Sadowska, conducts theatrical workshops at The Naropa Institute, School of Continuing Education.

August - September, Gardzienice

Presentations of CARMINA BURANA.

January, United Kingdom (Stratford)

A work-Session for a group of actors of the Royal Shakespeare Company: the work on the theatrisation of Apuleius METAMORPHOSES. W. Staniewski and Howard Brenton work together on the dramatisation of the future performance.

 

1994

October, France (Paris)

W. Staniewski, M. Sadowska, T. Rodowicz and C. Corrighan, take part in a meeting De la Parole aux Chants organised by Academie Expérimentale Des Theatres: a lecture and a demonstration of the actor’s work.

October, Gardzienice

The crowning of the all-year cycle of courses for instructors: an Artistic Gathering, organised by the course participants under W. Staniewski’s supervision. Among those taking part are singers from Suchumi (a Black Sea port in Georgia), Gypsies from Slovakia, women from the Pottava river region (the Ukraine), the ensemble of the Kurbas Theatre in Lvov.

July - September, Gardzienice

Another workshop for Theatre Instructors and Culture Animators. Work on the new performance continues.

June - August, Cracow

An exhibition A Labyrinth Called Theatre (BWA - Bureau of Artistic Exhibitions) includes elements of the AVVAKUM scenography. Małgorzata Dziewulska hosts the meeting with Włodzimierz Staniewski at the Old Theatre.

May, Brazil (Sao Paulo)

Participation in the 4th International Theatre Festival: presentation of CARMINA BURANA. W. Staniewski and several actors take part in the Capueiros performance and the Condomble ritual.

May, Warsaw    .

Studio Gallery presents Theatrical Practices of Włodzimierz Staniewski’s GARDZIENICE (AVVAKUM scenography, theatrical accessories, photogrammes from the Expeditions and performances). During the opening M. Gołaj and C. Corrighan demonstrate actor’s techniques.

During the Gathering with the Hojra band, the television adaptations of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and CARMINA BURANAa as well as Jacek Petrycki’s film For a New Natural Environment of Theatre are presented.

May, Warsaw

A session organised by the Warsaw University Department of Polish Culture, covering the GARDZIENICE Expedition to the Ukraine. W. Staniewski gives a lecture; films and actor’s techniques are presented.

April, Wrocław

<Gardzienice> and the course participants take part in the session Theatre, Space, Body, Place organised by the Wrocław Friends of GARDZIENICE Society: demonstration of actor’s work techniques by Mariusz Gołaj and Catherine Corrighan; a preview of the film adaptation of Avvakum.

February, Gardzienice

Continuation of the course for Theatre Instructors.

 

1993

November

First shots for a television adaptation of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and CARMINA BURANA.

7-10 October

The symposium Hidden Territories crowning the Expedition to the Ukraine. All over the place, indoors - in the Outhouse, The Avvakum Hall, the mill and village cottages - and outdoors in the village of GARDZIENICE concerts, demonstrations, theatrical sketches, performances and presentations of the Expedition documentation are held. The Expedition participants, foreign guests, the GARDZIENICE course participants, music bands and many theatre ensembles take part.

September - October, The Ukraine

The International Artistic and Research Expedition Hidden Territories

The participants, divided into two groups, go on a trip to the region around Odessa, the Dniester river area, the Southern Polesie (an area in the Bug, Desna, Dnieper and Prypeć river basins), and the East Carpathians (the neighbourhood of Verchovina] as well as the Crimea, Zaporoże, the Eastern Ukraine, the Northern Polesie (an area in the Bug, Desna, Dnieper and Prypeć river basins), and the Huculsland (an area inhabited by the Hucul highlanders) in the Carpathians.

At the end of the Expedition there are about sixty people taking part, including: the GARDZIENICE ensemble, the GARDZIENICE course participants, two theatre ensembles (from London and Los Angeles) and theatre researchers, directors, actors from the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, the Ukraine and Poland. In the Huculsland, the Expedition ends with a great Gathering. Later, in Lvov, the Kurbas Theatre hosts performances given by the ensembles participating in the Expedition, meetings and concerts of traditional musicians. Also in Lvov, GARDZIENICE present THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and CARMINA BURANA in the Dominican Church.

August - September, Gardzienice

Work-sessions and training to prepare the ensemble for the Expedition to the Ukraine.

July - August, Japan (Toga, Mito)

Participation in the Toga Festival 93: presentation of the Diptych. In Mito the ensemble presents THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and CARMINA BURANA

June

M. Sadowska and P. Allain’s reconnaissance to the Ukraine.

June, Gardzienice

Workshops to prepare the implementation of the project Hidden Territories (the Expedition to the Ukraine).

May, Toruń

The International Theatre Festival Contact 93: presentation of the Diptych.

May, Wrocław

The 30th Festival of Polish Contemporary Plays - presentation of the Diptych.

April, Gardzienice

A workshop run by the GARDZIENICE actors and Cecily Berry from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford for the Gardzienice course participants. Presentation of the Diptych.

April

W. Staniewski and J. Rodowicz go on the reconnaissance to Japan.

March, Gardzienice

Young musicians, GARDZIENICE trainees, form a band called Hojra which cooperates with the ensemble to carry out the Expedition to the Ukraine.

 

1992

November - December, United Kingdom (Stratford)

W. Staniewski conducts a two-week theatrical workshop for the actors of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

September - October, Ireland, Wales, England

The International Workshop Festival in Derry: presentation of the Diptych; a theatrical workshop. An Expedition around Ireland. Presentations of CARMINA BURANA in Nottingham, Cardiff, Dartington as well as in the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. The Diptych is also presented in London (St. Paul’s Church, Hammersmith).

August, Sweden (Gotland)

Sixteen participants in the GARDZIENICE work-sessions organise on their own a sailing Expedition to Gotland; together with the ensemble, they also take part in W. Staniewski’s open-air Event , Performances of Carmina... in Gotland, Stockholm, Umea and Sundsvall.

June, Cracow

At the European Month of Culture the ensemble presents the Diptych and a Gathering. Musicians from Ireland and the Huculsland (a region in the south-western part of the Ukraine, inhabited by the Hucul highlanders) take part.

April, Poznań

Two performances of the Diptych at the invitation of the Theatre of the Eighth Day.

March - July - August, Gardzienice

Regular presentations of the Diptych (THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and CARMINA BURANA). Numerous work-sessions for the students of the Warsaw University Department of Polish Culture. The participants of the Course for Theatre Instructors are preparing their own Expedition to Gotland.

February, Warsaw

The ensemble participates in the 21th Warsaw Theatre Meetings and presents THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and CARMINA BURANA.

 

1991

December, United Kingdom (Stratford)

Włodzimierz Staniewski, accompanied by G. Bral, M. Gołaj, E. Podleśna, D. Porowska and A. Zubrzycka runs a six day work-session for the actors of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

October, Sweden (Stockholm)

The second Polish-Swedish symposium Theatre and Culture: the Provinces and the Centre. Lectures, seminars, demonstrations of the work methods.

September - October, the Ukraine

The first Expedition to the Ukraine. The ensemble is accompanied by actors and theatre directors from the United Kingdom, Italy and the Ukraine as well as the GARDZIENICE Seminar participants. Jacek Petrycki films For a New Natural Environment of Theatre.

September, Gardzienice

Another international symposium Theatrical Practices and Ecology involving the GARDZIENICE Seminar participants: workshops, concerts, demonstrations. Among those taking part are theatre practitioners and theoreticians as well as musicians from Ireland, Italy, Greece, the Soviet Union and Poland.

August - September

W. Staniewski’s reconnaissance to Turkmenistan

July, Federal Republic of Germany (Munich)

The Festival Dialog mit Polen: presentation of CARMINA BURANA.

May - June, Cracow

The Life of Archpriest Avvakum and CARMINA BURANA are presented as part of the artistic events accompanying a symposium of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

May - September, Gardzienice

Numerous presentations of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and CARMINA BURANA..

May, Federal Republic of Germany (Mulheim)

Participation in Theaterlandschaft Polen 3 Jahr — presentation of CARMINA BURANA.

April, Sweden (Gotland, Stockholm)

The first Expedition to Gotland. At The Polish Institute in Stockholm W. Staniewski demonstrates the actor’s work during the session organised by the Jordcircus Theatre.

April, Lublin, Gardzienice

A Polish-Swedish symposium Theatre and Culture: the Provinces and the Centre brings together critics, actors, directors and theatre animators. Lectures, practical sessions, presentations and concerts are organised.

February - April, Gardzienice

Presentations of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and CARMINA BURANA.

April, The Ukraine, Huculsland (a region in the south-western part of the Ukraine, inhabited by the Hucul highlanders)

A reconnaissance by H. Andruszko and M. Rychły preceding the Expedition to the Ukraine.

 

1990

December

Anna Zubrzycka goes on a reconnaissance to Australia and Mariusz Golaj to New Guinea.

December, Czechoslovakia (Prague)

Centre of the Polish Culture: W. Staniewski (accompanied by A. Zubrzycka and G. Bral) demonstrates the methods of the ensemble’s work.

November - December, Gardzienice

Presentations of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and CARMINA BURANA..

October, Gardzienice

An international seminar Theatrical Practices and Ecology brings together theoreticians and practitioners from the United Kingdom, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Soviet Union, Greece and Poland as well as those taking part in the GARDZIENICE Seminar of Theatrical Practices. Among the activities carried out are lectures, theatrical workshops, concerts as well as a Gathering for the inhabitants of the neighbouring villages. THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and CARMINA BURANA and - for the first time in Poland - CARMINA BURANA are performed (with the changes in the composition of the choir which is led by E. Podlesna).

August - September, Italy

Presentation of HE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM in Faenza; participation in The International Festival of Theatre, Music and Dance in Bergamo: The Marathon with musical fragments from CARMINA BURANA; a theatrical workshop. On September 3 the first public concert based on the musical material for CARMINA BURANA takes place in a hermitage San Pietro Alle Stinche (cast: G. Bral, M. Golaj, A. Hodge, S. Krai, D. Porowska, T. Rodowicz, J. P. Thomas, H. Wahlgren, A. Zubrzycka).

August

Participation in the Feast of Transfiguration celebrations on Grabarka (an Orthodox cult place).

Summer, Gardzienice

Rehearsals of CARMINA BURANA in the mill.

May - June, Gardzienice

A work-session for the actors of the Alibi Theatre from London. Small Expeditions to several places are organised during the session. Catherine Corrigan and Emma Rice start cooperation with GARDZIENICE on a regular basis. First shots for Jacek Petrycki’s film about the activity of the ensemble.

April, Warsaw

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland awards GARDZIENICE a Diploma of Recognition for their outstanding contribution to the dissemination of the Polish culture abroad.

1 January

The GARDZIENICE Centre of Theatrical Practices changes its legal status and is transformed from an association into a national cultural institution.

 

1989

14 December, Gardzienice

The Local Authority in Piaski decides to handle over to the ensemble for perpetual lease the ruined palace outhouse in the village of GARDZIENICE. Restoration of the preserved rooms and reconstruction of the destroyed part of the outhouse begins. The GARDZIENICE - Mill company composed of the ensemble members purchases an old mill, which - when restored - is going to serve its original purpose as well as host cultural activities.

October, Hungary (Budapest)

Participation in the 6th Festival of the Theatres of Movement — presentation of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM.

Summer, Greece (Mount Athos, Athens)

W. Staniewski’s reconnaissance to Mount Athos in search of musical material for CARMINA BURANA.

July

An Expedition to the Kurpie region (the Northern part of Mazovia), involving The Semester of Theatrical Practices participants.

April - May, United Kingdom

Participation in the International Theatre Conference Points of Contact: Performance, Nature, Culture in Dartington: a Gathering, a demonstration of the methods of the ensemble’s work, presentation of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM. Druidstone Haven: a theatrical workshop initiating cooperation with the British theatre circles. Cardiff: presentation of The Marathon and Avvakum. Participation in the Fest Glasgow Mayfest: presentation of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM, participation in the Brighton International Festival: The Marathon.

March, Gardzienice

A preliminary meeting organised for participants in The Semester of Theatrical Practices - a training programme addresses mainly to the students’ circles all over Poland. It includes theatrical practice and seminars as well as the organisation of expeditions and gatherings. Since then workshops for students, run by the most experienced GARDZIENICE actors (Mariusz Gołaj, Tomasz Rodowicz and later also others) under W. Staniewski’s leadership, have been held regularly a few times a year.

March, United Kingdom

A reconnaissance undertaken by Anna Zubrzycka and Tomasz Rodowicz.

March - April, Gardzienice

Performances of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM.

 

1988

November, Warsaw

Participation in the 5th International Theatre Meetings: performance of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM.

October

An Expedition to the Zamość region: a post-reconnaissance.

September - October, Gardzienice

Presentations of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM.

August, South Korea (Seoul)

Participation in The Seoul Olympic Arts Festival: presentations of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM. W. Staniewski undertakes a reconnaissance to get acquainted with the shaman Ku’t ritual.

June, United States (New York)

Participation in The First New York International Festival of the Arts: eleven performances of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and Gatherings drawing on the musical motifs from CARMINA BURANA (in the chapels of St. John the Devine Cathedral).

April, Gardzienice

Presentations of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM.

 

1987

November, Belgium (Gent)

Performances of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM during the festival The Poles Are Coming.

October, Mexico

W. Staniewski’s reconnaissance, following Artaud’s route, to meet the Tarahumara Indians.

June, Lublin, Gardzienice

W. Staniewski, assisted by J. Rodowicz, organises an international symposium The Nature of the Word in Theatre Cultures. It is focused on primordial techniques of singing, voice expression and musical structures of the speech (as the issues linked to the work on a performance based on CARMINA BURANA). Among those taking part in the symposium are theatre practitioners and theoreticians from Japan, Israel, the United States, the Federal Republic of Germany, Norway, Sweden, Lapland and Poland. Theatrical workshops and performances are held.

May, United Kingdom, Ireland

A research reconnaissance undertaken by W. Staniewski in connection with a new planned performance.

March - May, Gardzienice

A series of workshops for small groups of trainees. Presentations of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM.

 

1986

November, Federal Republic of Germany (Munster)

Presentation of The Marathon. A theatrical workshop for actors.

August - September, Switzerland (Basel, Binn)

Presentation of AN EVENING PERFORMANCE [revived], SORCERY and THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM at the culture festival in Basel. An Expedition - carried out together with many festival participants - to the mountain region of the Wallis canton, along the routes taken by Goethe and the romantics and ending with AN EVENING PERFORMANCE and an all-night-long Gathering.

June - July, United States (Baltimore, Md., Boston, Cambridge, Mass)

Participation in the Theatre of Nations Festival in Baltimore: presentation of the Gathering - THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and The Marathon in St. Vincent a Paulo Church. Similar performances in Boston and Cambridge and a series of practical and theoretical seminars.

June, Canada (Toronto)

Theatrical workshops within the framework of The International Theatre Training Congress. Presentation of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM and The Marathon cycle: SORCERY — Gathering - THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM, the methods of artistic work and documentation during The World Stage Festival.

May - June, United States (Boston, Cambridge, Mass)

Theatrical training and workshops for the academic and theatre circles.

 

1985

Autumn, Gardzienice

The work on the creation of all-night-long theatrical activities (all performances and results of the studies of Teatro della Terra).

October, Sweden (Lund)

A seminar for students of a theatre school.

September, Denmark (Arhus)

Performances of SORCERY, The THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM, a Gathering and a demonstration of the actor techniques.

September, Norway (Bergen, Svelvik)

Gatherings with references to the nature of SORCERY. During The International Theatre Festival, M. Golaj and T. Rodowicz run a seminar for students of a theatre school in Bergen.

August, Sweden (Stockholm)

Participation in Scensommar Internationell Groppteaterfestival: performances of SORCERY and THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM combined with Gatherings and demonstrations of work methods.

July - August, Norway, Finland

The second Expedition to Lapland (in cooperation with the Norwegian Theatre Beliashe). Open-air Gatherings. The ensemble is accompanied, among others, by W. Pawluczuk.

Summer, The United States

W. Staniewski and T. Rodowicz go on a trip to visit several Indian tribes (Zuni, Hopi, Havasupai).

Spring, Gardzienice

Workshops with pupils from secondary schools and students.

March - April, Federal Republic of Germany (Muenster, Stuttgart)

W. Staniewski runs a theatrical training in Theather Pumpenhaus in Muenster. The training results in a performance establishing a new theatre group. Presentations of SORCERY and THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM in Stuttgart (Artaud’s Week).

January - February, Switzerland (Basel, Zurich)

Participation in the theatre review Religion - Ritual - Toleranz: performances of SORCERY and THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM.

 

1984

Autumn, Gardzienice

During Gatherings organised all over the village, the ensemble presents the Marathon: all performances combined with a demonstration of elements of training and the documentation related to the Expeditions.

August

An Expedition to Grabarka - an Orthodox cult place.

June - August

Three Expeditions to the Nowy Sącz region (Orthodox villages) aimed at the «naturalisation» of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM in the Orthodox environment.

June, Netherlands (Amsterdam)

Participation in the Holland Festival: presentations of both Sorcery and THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM in Nieuwe Kerk.

May, Italy (Bologne)

Włodzimierz Staniewski takes part in the conference Teatro Polacca: Identita di una Cultura.

 

1983

November, Gardzienice

The Polish premiere of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM in the post-Arian chapel. The cast includes four foreign actors: Ulrich Hardt, Franz Hodl, Wolfgang Niklaus, Susanna Philhoffer

September, France (Le Bridon, La Begude-de-Marenc)

Theatrical workshops.

19 August

The premiere of THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM, scripted and directed by W. Staniewski, in a mountain chapel Chiesa di San Antonio al Fonte del Cerro near Trivento (Molise region).

First cast: H. Andruszko, M. Gołaj, J. Rodowicz, T. Rodowicz, J. Tabaka, A. Zubrzycka.

August, Italy (Trivento)

An Expedition to the mountains along the mules’ paths which have not been walked on since the previous century (another stage of Teatro della Terra programme).

January - July

Five Expeditions to fifteen Orthodox villages (the region around Nowy Sącz - Lemkowszczyzna, an area inhabited by the Lemks community; Suwałki, Biała Podlaska) during which Gatherings are held and presentations of AN EVENING PERFORMANCE, SORCERY as well as fragments of the new performance in preparation take place. Foreign participants (Theatre Beliashe from Norway and Milkway Theatre from West Berlin among others) also present the results of their work. About seventy trainees from Poland and other countries participate.

Spring, Gardzienice

Weekly performances of SORCERY; Gatherings.

 

1982

September - October, Italy (Sorano, Genoa)

An Expedition to the Ligurian region: presentations of SORCERY, theatrical workshops.

September, Lapland

An Expedition lasting several weeks (the concept of theatrum mundi with its idea to practise theatre towards nature). Numerous Gatherings, SORCERY presentations. The participants get acquainted with joik (a unique way of creating songs). The work on THE LIFE oF ARCHIPREST AVVAKUM continues.

August, Sweden (Stockholm, Goeteborg)

Participation in two festivals Scensommar Internationell Gruppteater- festival: six presentations of SORCERY in Stockholm and three - in Goeteborg; a theatrical workshop.

July, Italy (Settimo Torinese)

Presentation of SORCERY during the Viva Piazza Festival.

Jitly, Federal Republic of Germany (Erlangen)

The 22nd Theatre Meetings Gesichter Europas: performances of SORCERY and a theatrical workshop.

As a result of the imposition of martial law in Poland (December 13,1981), the activity of The GARDZENICE Association is suspended. Only closed re-hearsals may be held. The work on the new performance is carried on, including studies of the Orthodox music, songs and liturgy. The study of icons generates a specific training.

 

1981

October - November

Weekly performances of SORCERY.

September - October

During four Expeditions [to the regions around Jelenia Góra - the so- called Yugoslavian villages, Olsztyn, Białystok, Nowy Sącz — Łemkowszczyzna, an area inhabited by the Łemks community] the Gatherings are held and presentations of SORCERY and AN EVENING PERFORMANCE take place. The participants also search for material to be used in a new performance based on The Life written by Russian religious movement leader Avvakum Petrovich (1620-1682).

July, Federal Republic of Germany (Brueckendorf)

W. Staniewski and his ensemble run theatrical workshops for German, Swiss, Austrian and Italian actors. Some of them (U. Hardt, F. Hoedl, among others) begin to cooperate with GARDZIENICE on a regular basis.

May - July, Italy

At the session The Music, the Performance, the Possession in Villa le Barone, Staniewski delivers a lecture on the need to search for the natural environment of theatre. While carrying out its Expedition in June, the ensemble presents Sorcery in Panzano, Pontadera, Turin, Pieve, Santarcangelo (at the 11th Teatro in Piazza) and many places in Tuscany. During the Expedition, Gatherings are held and fragments of AN EVENMING PERFORMANCE are presented.

May, Gardzienice

The Polish premiere of Sorcery directed by W. Staniewski (First cast: H. Andruszko, J. Bernad, later replaced by T. Rodowicz, K. Czyżewski, M. Gołaj, J. Rodowicz, J. Tabaka, W. Wróbel, A. Zubrzycka).

April

An Expedition to the Białystok region. Preparation of SORCERY based on Adam Mickiewicz’s Dziady (Forefathers' Eve) and folk songs.

 

1980

May - December

Twelve Expeditions (to the Zamość, Tarnobrzeg, Łomża and Białystok regions) are organised. AN EVENING PERFORMANCE is presented, Gatherings are held and the work on a new performance is carried out.

May, Lublin

During the 2nd International Theatre Meetings W. Staniewski, assisted by T. Rodowicz, organises (in collaboration with the International Theatre Institute) a scientific session Theatre and Folk Traditions. Among those taking part are academicians and artists from the United States, Japan, Turkey, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Poland. The session is supplemented with workshops, demonstrations and an Expedition to the Zamość region.

 

1979

December, France (Nancy, Lorraine)

Participation in Festival Mondial du Theatre ‘79 and the presentation of AN EVENING PERFORMANCE. An Expedition to the Lorraine region is organized. The ensemble is accompanied among ohers by a four-person Gvpsy band (Mirga family) from the Polish village of Szaflary.

July, Italy (Santarcangelo)

The ensemble participates in the 9th Festival Teatro in Piazza. An Expedition to the Apennines [Emilia Romagna region] is undertaken, Gatherings are held and AN EVENING PERFORMANCE is presented [cast: H. Andruszko, J. Bernard, P. Borowski, M. Gołaj, E.Majewska, J. Rodowicz, T. Rodowicz, J. Tabaka, W. Wróbel, A. Zubrzycka]. Among those taking part in the Expedition are the festival participants, Polish academicians and inhabitants from Polish villages.

June, Bulgaria (Sofia)

At the Congress of the International Theatre Institute Włodzimierz Staniewski outlines his programme in the paper For a new natural environment of theatre.

February - October

Six Expeditions [the regions around Zamość, Chełm, Białystok, Jelenia Góra, Tarnobrzeg, Nowy Sącz - Gypsy villages] are carried out.

 

1978

January - November

Nine Expeditions, lasting few days each, are carried out to the Eastern parts of Poland [the regions around Lublin, Chełm, Zamość, Tarnobrzeg, Nowy Sącz - so called Gypsy villages, Biała Podlaska]. The participants include the ensemble members, theatre experts Zbigniew Osiński and Leszek Kolankiewicz, sociologist Włodzimierz Pawluczuk and other accompanying persons.

18 January, Lublin

At the motion of Włodzimierz Staniewski and 30 other founding members the GARDZIENICE Theatre Association is formally registered by the Lublin Province Office. Staniewski names the ensemble The GARDZIENICE Centre of Theatrical Practices. It is seated in the village with the same name. For its theatrical activities, the ensemble rents a devastated post Arian chapel in the former palace in Gardzienice. The office is located in Lublin.

 

1977

November, Zamość

The second GARDZIENICE Expedition.

October

The first Expedition (to the Zamość region) is undertaken as a step in the implementation of The Rural Programme designed by W. Staniewski. He proposes organizing monthly hike Expeditions to the villages in Eastern Poland. The Expeditions are intended to revive the natural environment of the theatre. Starting with the first one, the ensemble [initially composed of T. Rodowicz, W. Staniewski, J. Tabaka, W. Wróbel] presents AN EVENING PERFORMANCE based on François Rabelais’ themes and the lyrics of folk songs. AN EVENING PERFORMANCE had been presented about 150 times in Poland.

14 August, Gardzienice

W. Staniewski and his informal group [Jan Tabaka, Wanda Wróbel, Tomasz Rodowicz, Waldemar Sidor, Jan Bernad, Henryk Andruszko among others] run a theatrical workshop. He presents the results of his work to the local community.

 

1976

Włodzimierz Staniewki begins to cooperate with the Lublin theatre circles and with several people from the students’ environments in other cities.

The opening motifs for his theatrical workshops were drawn from the themes of Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel, folk songs from the Eastern regions of Poland and movement etudes. Staniewski works out an outline of his comprehensive artistic and research programme.

 

 
 

 
 

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