Special Event / 10-10 October 2014


Show Time: 4.00pm

Admission to Festival+ events at Project Arts Centre is free but ticketed.
Tickets cannot be booked online but are available to book through the Dublin Theatre Festival Box Office over the phone (+353 1 677 8899) or in person (Dublin Theatre Festival Box Office, 44 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2).

A two-day theatrical event bringing together Polish dramaturgy and Irish theatre makers, (A)pollonia is a presentation of new dramatic forms that tackle complex historical and current issues. It is also a search for shared interests and concerns between Polish and Irish artists, opening a path for future collaborations. Over the course of the event artists and theatre-makers will stage readings, discussions and music performances inspired by twenty-first century Polish drama and texts for the stage.
Poland, with its war trauma, political upheavals, romantic megalomania and brutal neoliberal transformation for centuries used theatre to define its identity, to challenge the heroic foundation myths, to exercise empathy and to ignite revolutions. Now the most powerful Polish dramas reflecting the permanent crisis of modern times are available in an anthology (A)pollonia – Twenty First Century Polish Drama and Texts for the Stage.
Join the editors – Joanna Klass, Krystyna Duniec – and the authors – Paweł Demirski, Magdalena Fertacz, Sebastian Majewski – in the discussion about theatre’s political role and obligations. What new narratives are possible in the world of absurd standards of political correctness, Postmodern uncertainty and horrific social and political conflicts? How can we disarm clichés, fight political cynicism and apathy?
The discussion will be concluded with an abstract from (A)pollonia directed by Ronan Phelan, new Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre.


Polish Curator: Joanna Klass, Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Irish Curator: Joanna Crawley
Presented by White Label


Presented with the support of the Polish Embassy in Ireland and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

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