Studio Matejka: Polonia Polish Midsummer Festival

Studio matejka awkward image“Contra/Dictions” workshops
5 & 6 July 2014
10.00 – 16.00
£40 or £30 concession for two days 

Physical theatre workshop for professional or student actors and dancers developed by innovative theatre company Studio Matejka using an approach that crosses the borders between dance, theatre and movement techniques.

Liverpool John Moores University drama department 
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Studio Matejka Film showing
Films will be shown continuously Monday 7 – Wednesday 9 July

An opportunity to view some of the seven short films made by Studio Matejka including post viewing discussion offering perspectives on their work and the legacy of Polish research-based theatre.

The Bluecoat, Sandon Room

Symposium/Discussion: “Theatre. Why Poland?”
Wednesday 9 of July 2014

This symposium will include presentations by Matej Mateka and the members of Studio Matejka, reflecting on the relevance of research and experimentation in the contemporary performance world and the lineage of their practice continuing in The Grotowski Institute in Poland. Includes round table discussion with speakers from the artistic and academic community of the North West. Discussion topics include discourse on theatre, dance, performance art, identity politics, Polish and European theatre models, composition and the body, and sustainable art practices.

Other Speakers: Elinor Randle – Artistic Director, PhysicalFest; Professor Dariusz Kosinski – formerly of the Grotowski Institute in Poland; Jo Blowers – Liverpool Improvisation Collective; Ben Spatz – University of Huddersfield; Paula Simms – Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University; George McKane – Yellow House.

Bluecoat Sandon Room

Performances of “Awkward Happiness Or Everything I Don’t Remember About Meeting You” 
Tuesday 8 July and Wednesday 9 July 
£10 full price, £8 concessions

Inspired by Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Pascal Bruckner’s Perpetual Euphoria, physical theatre company Studio Matejka explore the ideology of the quest for happiness in modern relationships.
Performance Trailer:

The Bluecoat, Performance Space

This Theatre Residency is funded by Arts Council England, Polish Cultural Institute in London and supported by John Moores University, The Bluecoat, The Grotowski Institute and Compagnie T-d’U.