Music, Theatre, Others

Immersion - Krzysztof WARLIKOWSKI

Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie
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The director Krzysztof WARLIKOWSKI is holding a debate on the link between culture and society on 29 November 2014, to mark the launch of his latest project, Don Giovanni, at the Théâtre Royal de LA MONNAIE which will be shown from 2 until 30 December.

This audience with the director, which is being held as part of La Monnaie’s "IMMERSION" cycle, will also be a chance to dive into the intellectual and artistic universe of an artist who used the recent opening of the Warsaw Museum of the History of Polish Jews (known as the POLIN Museum) to extend an invitation to the public to attend an evening given over to considering the core themes which underpin the setting up of the museum: identity, culture and society. Which tight links bind or ought to bind these disparate and yet intimately linked realities? What mutual influence do culture and society have on each other? These are the questions with which guests Barbara KIRSCHENBLATT-GIMBLETT, Joël KOTEK, Jurek KUCZKIEWICZ, Aleksander SMOLAR, and, of course, Krzysztof WARLIKOWSKI, will be grappling.

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>>> Saturday 29 November 2014 – 20:00
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In Fench - with simultaneous translation into Dutch

La Monnaie wanted to place this debate within a European, rather than a strictly Polish, context. In the light of current economic and political events linked to federal culture in Belgium, the event may resonate particularly with our audience.


Aleksander SMOLAR is a Polish political scientist and journalist. He was the political adviser to the first democratically elected Polish president, Tadeusz Mazowiecki. Today, he is the President of the Batory Foundation and a founding member of the European Council of Foreign Relations.

Barbara KIRSCHENBLATT-GIMBLETT is a Polish intellectual who was born in 1942 in Canada. A specialist in Jewish Studies, she was a professor at New York University for more than 20 years and today she is the director of the permanent exhibition of the new Polin Museum in Warsaw.

Jurek KUCZKIEWICZ is the Foreign and European Affairs Editor for the newspaper Le Soir. He recently published a work which addressed Polish identity, entitled Pologne : la noblesse de la terre.

Joël KOTEK is a Belgian political scientist and historian. He is a professor of political science at the ULB and the IEP in Paris. His work chiefly focuses on the topics of genocide, antisemitism and nationalism as well as the European project.

Béatrice DELVAUX is a Belgian journalist. She is the former editor in chief of the newspaper Le Soir, and is currently its chief leader writer.

Krzysztof Warlikowski was born in 1962. After studying history, Romanian Philology and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, he moved to Paris, where he continued his studies. In 1988, he returned to Poland to study directing at the Krakow Higher State Theatre School. He worked with Krystian Lupa and collaborated with Peter Brook, Ingmar Bergman and Giorgio Strehler. His producing style owes much to plays by authors from a huge variety of registers, from Labiche to Koltès via Shakespeare, a writer whose work particularly inspired him (A Midsummer night’s Dream, A Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, Hamlet, etc). In 2000, he put on his first opera, Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlos, at Warsaw’s Teatr Wielki. Since then, he has created operas which have gone on to be performed on the greatest stages in Europe. His latest big success is The Woman Without a Shadow (Die Frau ohne Schatten), an opera in three acts by Richard Strauss based on a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, performed in November 2013 at the Munich Opera House. Critics and audiences were unanimous: this production will no doubt stay with all who have seen it. Loyal to his collaborators, he works most often with the composer Paweł Mykietyn and with Małgorzata Szczęśniak who was in charge of set design and who created the costumes for almost all of his productions, for theatre and opera alike. In 2008, he became artistic director of the Warsaw New Theatre (Nowy Teatr).

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