"Presence" is a performative project prepared by ZAMEK Culture Centre in cooperation with CODA Norway's Oslo International Dance Festival and Warsaw's Teatr 21. It will be implemented over the next two years (2022 - 2023) thanks to the grant from the Norwegian and EEA Funds. Premieres and performances by three castle theatre groups, guest performances by top world teams, meetings with outstanding artists, workshops, dance laboratories, discussion panels and a publication with a transcript of interviews with project participants - all this will be the result of cooperation and exchange of experiences between artists from Poland and Norway. Dozens of events, three partners, two countries, several cities.
"Presence" draws on the experience of "Common Theatre" - a programme in which since 2016, we have presented performances created or co-created by artists at risk of social exclusion due to disability, health, age or social status. But in the new project we are going one step further - in terms of both the programme and the territory and, most importantly, ideas. Together with our partners, we will attempt to renegotiate the socially established understanding of normativity in theatre. The norms concerning corporeality, both in terms of appearance as well as physical and mental condition, exclude a dozen or so per cent of the population - people with disabilities or otherwise distinguished by their otherness - from active participation in culture.
The two-year project implemented by ZAMEK Culture Centre is a celebration of theatre, it is an expression of admiration for the artist and their abilities, and it shows the beauty of diversity - an immanent feature of the world. Non-normative artists remind people of their Presence!
CODA International Dance Festival in Oslo is the largest contemporary dance festival in Scandinavia. CODA's artistic vision is to promote dance projects in which inclusivity is of paramount importance - presenting bodies of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Thus strengthening the artistic offer for a diverse audience. Every year, in the 3rd week of October, the festival gathers the best national and international contemporary dance artists.
Teatr 21 - a theatre group active since 2005, consisting of actors with Down syndrome and autism. Teatr 21 has created over a dozen performances presented in theatres and institutions all over Poland. The group has performed at national festivals (e.g. Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, Kraków) and abroad (Prague, Berlin, Helsinki, Freiburg). In addition to its artistic activities, Teatr 21 is involved in educational and publishing activities and theatre pedagogy, organises conferences and lectures, as well as works in international networks. In 2021, the group was awarded the POLITYKA Passport in the category of "THEATRE".
The "Presence" project benefits from grants in the amount of EUR 288,050.58 from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway provided through the EEA Funds.
The aims of the project are: to develop new forms of cultural activity and improve the existing ones, to include artists with disabilities in cultural activities on a large scale, and to combat their discrimination. Rejecting cognitive schemes and stereotypes within which socially and culturally defined disability functions will concern both the artists involved in the organisation of events and the wider audience.
The EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism (i.e. the so-called Norwegian and EEA Funds) are a form of non-repayable foreign aid granted by Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein to the new EU Member States - several countries from Central and Southern Europe and the Baltic States. These funds are related to Poland's accession to the European Union and its simultaneous entry into the European Economic Area (which consists of the EU Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
All programmes and actions funded under the Norwegian and EEA Funds are based on common values such as respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. The overriding motto is: WORKING TOGETHER FOR A GREEN, COMPETITIVE AND INCLUSIVE EUROPE.
The call for grant for the programme "Presence" - "Improving access to culture and arts" is dedicated to projects aiming to develop the cultural cooperation between artists, participants in cultural life and cultural institutions, as well as to strengthen the bilateral relations between Poland and the Donor Countries.
Key visual and typograpghy by Marcin Markowski
Graphic promoting "Presence" project.
ARCHIVE - Premieres
PRESENCE\ Premiere: “Intermezzo”, dir. Janusz Orlik, performed by Teatr Klucz
William Shakespeare is claimed to have said: “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances.” It may turn out to be funny and,...
PRESENCE\Premiere: “I’m Running”, dir. Grażyna Wydrowska, performed by Jest Jak Jest Group
“...run, run, the pangs in your chest is all that’s yours.” K . MiłobędzkaI’m Running is yet another performance which reflects on identity formation in adults with disabilities, continuing from...
PRESENCE\ "Utajone / Latent", dir. Janusz Stolarski / Teatr pod Fontanną
Does Franz Kafka's oeuvre have to connote darkness and absurdity? Was there another facet to the author of The Trial that we do not yet know? As it turns out, numerous literary pieces that the...
PRESENCE "Głód" - premiere of the performance directed by Janusz Stolarski / Teatr pod Fontanną
"If I save one child from starvation today, will my children have to save ten in several years' time?" - This is what an Internet user posted on Facebook below an announcement of fundraising for...
PRESENCE "Boję się twoich coraz większych butów" – premiere of the performance directed by Grażyna Wydrowska / Jest Jak Jest Theatre Group
Three years ago Alicja, Ala, Magda, Natalia, Krysia, Artur W., Artur L., Jakub, Maciej, Piotr, Rafał and Grażyna went...
PRESENCE "Tranquillo" - premiere of the performance directed by Janusz Orlik / Teatr Klucz im. W. Deneki
We are standing in front of you. We are standing close to you, very close. We are looking in your eyes. We can hear you breathing. We are breathing in your words. We are waiting. Our dream...
ARCHIVE - Guest Performances
PRESENCE: "Thank You Very Much” – Claire Cunningham (National Theatre of Scotland i Manchester International Festival)
World-famous Scottish choreographer Claire Cunningham and her ensemble of leading disabled performers invite you to join them for an evening at ZAMEK Culture Centre as they pull back the curtain...
PRESENCE\ Double bill: “Intermezzo”, dir. Janusz Orlik, performed by Teatr Klucz (PL) and „Aband(on)ed”, choreography by Ingeborg Sanders, performed by Danselaboratoriet (NO)
OBECNOŚĆ/PRESENCE June 4th, 2023 | 7 p.m. Double bill: “Intermezzo”, dir. Janusz Orlik, performed by Teatr Klucz...
A performance for all ages: Den stygge andungen / The Ugly Duckling by Manu Teater, dir. Thea Elisebeth Skallevold / Performed in Polish Sign Language, with Polish dubbing.
The Ugly Duckling for the little and big viewer is a tale of otherness, alienation and finding one’s own place and...
Performance (sit-up) „Hamer”, dir. Justyna Sobczyk / Teatr 21
Karolina Hamer presents a new challenge. She challenges herself and the audience. A swimmer and activist, a winner of 173 medals - also at the World and...
PRESENCE \ CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY (Wielka Brytania) \ „Face In”, reż. Yasmeen Godder \ „Set and Reset/Reset” Trisha Brown Dance Company oraz Candoco Dance Company
One evening, two performances! As if that was not enough, our stage will see one of the world’s best known inclusive...
ARCHIVE - Other Events
PRESENCE in Warsaw\ Inclusive masterclass – movement and choreography with Maria Teresa Engdahl-Høgåsen (NO)
The class is a time and space devoted to exploring movement initiated from different bodies, perspectives and lived...
“Moved“– movement and choreography creative laboratory Leading: Maria Terese Engdahl-Høgåsen i Janusz Orlik
24−26.03.2023 | 12-17 CET (recess included) | Laboratorium 1tickets: 25 zł (3 days) During the workshop, we’ll...
PRESENCE / The Refuge of Respite, workshop by Katarzyna Żeglicka
The Refuge of Respite is where you work with the body as you laze around, look after yourself, as well as care for...
PRESENCE / “The Game of vers-U-s” - performance choreographed by Katarzyna Żeglicka and Antek Kurjata
What counts in the game of vers-U-s is (non)co-being and (non)co-operation. A place where the contrasts are (un)blurred. Winning, losing, dialogue. Me versus You, Us versus You, You versus Us,...
OBECNOŚĆ / PRESENCE: Warsztat: Chór solistów. Praca z biografią w solowej formie teatralnej w stylu dowolnym
Workshop: A choir of soloists. Working with biography in a solo theatre form in...
CODA Dance Festival 2022 | Warsztaty z Katarzyną Żeglicką | OBECNOŚĆ w Norwegii
Międzynarodowy Festiwal Tańca CODA w Oslo to największy w Skandynawii festiwal tańca współczesnego. Wizją...
CODA Dance Festival 2022 | Warsztaty z Candoco Dance Company | OBECNOŚĆ w Norwegii
zapisy: firstname.lastname@example.org Międzynarodowy Festiwal Tańca CODA w Oslo to największy w Skandynawii festiwal...
CODA Dance Festival 2022 | CANDOCO x 3 | OBECNOŚĆ w Norwegii
12 i 13.10 g. 19 Międzynarodowy Festiwal Tańca CODA w Oslo to największy w Skandynawii festiwal tańca...
PRESENCE \ workshop with performers from Candoco Dance Company
This 2 hour workshop with performers from Candoco Dance Company gives the opportunity to engage practically with the...