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A four-day workshop for the Târgu Mureș National Theatre’s ensemble held by Grzegorz Jarzyna - a theatre director and TR Warszawa’s Artistic Director, and Ivan Estegneev – a choreographer.

A starting point to the workshop is the G.E.N performance directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, which will be presented at this pilot edition of A NAME event. The aim of the exercise is getting back to the innate body potential. Workshop participants will try to access the instinctive, primordial reflexes and reactions that reflect the emotional truth, unencumbered by the rational part of the brain. The truth that is a key element of actor’s existence/presence on stage.

Acces allowed to theatre professionals by invitation only.

Grzegorz Jarzyna

Born in 1968 in Chorzów, is one of the most popular Polish theatre directors. His work has brought a major braekthrough to the Polish theatre. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and from the Ludwik Solski State Academy of Theatre in Krakow, where he studied directing.  In 1998 he became the Artistic Director of TR Warszawa (former Teatr Rozmaitości), one of the most innovative theatres in Poland, and since 2006 - 2013 he has also been its General Director.

Jarzyna has staged classical dramas, reinterpreted in a bold and innovative way (The Tropical Craze based on Witkacy’s play, Magnetism of the Heart based on Aleksander Fredro’s Maiden Vows), adaptations of famous European novels (Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann, The Prince Myshkin based on Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot), world-famous contemporary dramas (Unidentified Human Remains by Brad Fraser, Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis staged in Warsaw and Düsseldorf), as well as operas (Prokofiev’s The Gambler in Opera de Lyon, Maurice Ravel’s The Child and The Spells and Alexander Zemlinsky’s The Dwarf in the Bavarian State Opera). He enjoys combining different genres, which is reflected in the following performances: 2007: Macbeth based on Shakespeare’s drama, movie-like adaptation which takes place on four different sets, and Giovanni based on Wolfgang A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Moliere’s Don Juan – performance combining theatre and opera.

Jarzyna’s international reputation has been established with invitations to various festivals and guest performances in Europe and all over the world i.a. in Avignon, Edinburgh, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Jerusalem, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Stockholm, Paris, London, Dublin, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Wellington and Hongkong. In June 2008, his Macbeth was staged in New York, where a special kind of stage was built under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Jarzyna has authored plenty of adaptations, two plays: Medea Project and Areteia and two librettos for Zygmunt Krauze’s  Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy and The Trap. He has also directed a few TV performances: Witkacy’s The Tropical Craze, History according to Gombrowicz and the TV version of 2007: Macbeth.

He participated in the Odyssey Europe project implemented within the framework of The European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. In 2010, he staged Jean Racine’s Phedre in the Toneelgroep Theatre in Amsterdam. His most recent performances include T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T. based on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s work, No Matter How Hard We Tried by Dorota Masłowska, which premiered in Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin as well as Nosferatu inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

He has received many awards and distinctions i.a. the Minister’s of Internal Affairs award for special merits to Poland in the world (2002) and the Golden Order on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Sankt Petersburg (2004). In 2007, he was granted one of the most prestigious awards of the German-speaking Europe – the Nestroy-Preis – which he received for Medea staged in Burgtheater in Vienna (2006).  In 2013, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by President Komorowski. He was also awarded twice the Konrad Swinarski Award for the Best Director (1999 and 2009).

Ivan Estegneev

Art director of the contemporary dance school and company "Dialogue Dance", as well as the art director of "Diversia" - international dance festival and art-platform "STANTSIA" in Kostroma. Since the company was created, he has been working there as a stage director, choreographer, co-author and actor of numerous performances. He is regularly teaching contemporary dance and physical theater classes. "Dialogue Dance" was nominated for the "Golden Mask" in the best performance in contemporary dance category four times, winning three times. In 2015 he became a member of the jury for the "Golden Mask". In 2014, Ivan Estegneev graduated from the Moscow School of Theater Leader, the project supported by Moscow Department of Culture. He was a fellow and participant of the international residence at the American Dance Festival twice.

For ten years he has been working with dancers from South and East Africa; has released three performances specifically for the main South African dance forum "Dance Umbrella". Currently Estegneev is working as a choreographer for top Russian directors and theaters like Gogol Centre, Theater of Nations, Meyerhold Theatre. He gives master classes at K. Khabenskiy studio and teaches physical theatre at Moscow Film School, (I. Dapkunaite course). In 2016-2018 Ivan worked as a guest choreographer with Grzegorz Jarzyna in Russia, Poland and China as well as with Kirill Serebrennikov.

Photo: Ivan Estegneev Archive