ZAMEK Culture Centre

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 writer did not finish provide an interesting counterpoint to the widespread interpretation of his best-known works and biography. The creators of Latent are searching for a different Kafka, an equivocally tragic figure. Excerpts from texts abandoned by the author, sometimes interrupted mid-sentence, are delivered on stage by the actors of the Teatr pod Fontanną by way of analogy to a kaleidoscope, in which small, sometimes even broken elements, shimmer and twinkle, making up an intriguing whole. Latent seeks to find a smile in the tale of the daily struggles of one writer, several actors, or perhaps all of us? The performance is an opportunity to look at Kafka’s prose and reinterpret it through juxtaposition with the author’s obscure and unobvious life story.

Latent is based on Franz Kafka's Prozy utajone [Latent Proses] (PIW, 2019), a volume of unfinished, compelling and yet disturbing pieces of prose, selected and translated by Łukasz Musiał, who also contributed to the show as a consultant. Guest actors from Teatr Ósmego Dnia will appear on stage as well, engaging in yet another colloquy with Kafka’s work, following the experience of working on Kafka: [the text breaks off]. The latter performance premiered on 16 and 17 December 2022 at the Teatr Ósmego Dnia in Poznań.

Performance for audiences aged 16+, translated into Polish Sign Language (PSL) and Ukrainian.

direction, scenario: Janusz Stolarski
music: Sebasiatn Dembski
set design: Tomasz Ryszczyński
video: Tomasz Jarosz
light design: Arkadiusz Kuczyński, Jacek Raczkowiak
literary consultations: Łukasz Musiał
translation into Polish Sign Language: Karina Akseńczuk

cast: : Piotr Bekasiak, Adam Borowski, Tymoteusz Ćwierzyk, Agnieszka Grabia, Tadeusz Janiszewski, Marcin Kęszycki, Hanna Kubaszewska, Jacek Kwiatkowski, Andrzej Nyczke, Paweł Nyga, Paweł Oltmann, Justyna Romanowska, Julia Sobczyńska, Sebastian Sowiński, Beata Szymankowska, Magdalena Treichel, Ewa Zajkowska
production: Centrum Kultury Zamek z Poznaniu

The performance produced as part of the performance project entitled "Obecność / Presence", prepared by the Zamek Culture Centre in cooperation with the Norwegian CODA Oslo International Dance Festival and Warsaw's Teatr 21 thanks to the grant from the Norwegian and EEA Funds.


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Teatr pod Fontanną

an informal group that was established in the ZAMEK Culture Centre in 2016. It is composed of members of theatre studios working at the "Domy pod fontanną" - two centres run by the "Zrozumieć i Pomóc" Association which specialises in the social and professional rehabilitation of people after mental crises. The group has produced four excellent performances, the last of which, "Grimm", won second place in "The Best OFF" Nationwide Competition for the Best Independent Theatre Production.
Since 2022, several professional stage artists have joined the ranks of the theatre.

Janusz Stolarski

The group's artistic supervisor, initiator and director of all their productions is Janusz Stolarski - actor, graduate of the AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków. He has performed in: Drugie Studio Wrocławskie, National Theatre in Kielce, Polish Theatre in Poznań, Sekta Lecha Raczaka Theatre Group, Teatr Ósmego Dnia w Poznaniu, Kochanowski Theatre in Opole, Studio Theatre in Warsaw and Lech Raczak's Orbis Tertius Third Theatre.  He has also performed as a guest artist in productions such as "Don Juan" and "tryptyk wyspiański" at the Stary Theatre in Kraków, "Rzeźnia Lila Róż" at the Usta Usta Theatre directed by Marcin Liber and "Przypadki Pana von K.” at the Polish Dance Theatre. In 1994, he co-founded the ANTRAKT Theatre Association. Janusz Stolarski has won many awards for his monodramas, including the Grand Prix at the National Festival of One-Actor Theatre in Toruń (1991) for "Ecce Homo", the special award of the Jury of the Second International Monodrama Festival of the Baltic Countries - Kaunas 2010 for "Kod" etc. For years, he has been conducting theatre workshops in Poland and abroad (Germany, Romania, Moldova, Spain, France).


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