Krzysztof Warlikowski

Season 17/18 Artist
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Krzysztof Warlikowski counts among the reformers of dramatic language in Europe. In particular, he has offered a profoundly new interpretation of the works of Shakespeare. With Anioły / Angels in America (Kushner), Madame de Sade (Mishima), Krum / Krum Ectoplasm (Levin), (A)pollonia (based on works by Euripides, Aeschylus, Littell, Krall, and Coetzee – a performance that premiered in the Cour d’Honneur of the Palais des Papes during the 2009 Avignon Festival), Koniec / The End (based on works by Kafka, Koltès and Coetzee), African Tales (based on works by Shakespeare and Coetzee), and Kabaret Warszawski /  Warsaw Cabaret (based on works by Isherwood, van Druten and Cameron Mitchell). Krzysztof Warlikowski has re-forged the alliance with the spectator by leading the audience into an original process that explores sense and meaning with the aid of cinematographic references or through an original utilisation of video. Irrespective of whether it involves classical or modern texts, Krzysztof Warlikowski is always able to detect the inner themes which echo in today’s world and reflect contemporary fears. In 2010, with Streetcar, based on Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, which premiered at the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, he transformed the play into a contemporary examination of Blanche’s identity, desires, and the emotional abyss within her (played by Isabelle Huppert). He has just presented Francuzi / The French (based on the Proust classic In Search of Lost Time) at the Ruhrtriennale and he is currently preparing a new work with Isabelle Huppert based on the life of Phaedra for the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe. He is artistic director of Warsaw’s Nowy Teatr, an interdisciplinary cultural centre. Intensely active in the field of opera, Krzysztof Warlikowski has managed to transpose his working methods and his dramatic vision into the genre. At the Paris Opera, he has directed Iphigénie en Tauride, The Makropoulos Affair, Parsifal and Szymanowski’s King Roger. Prior to this, he directed several productions at the Warsaw Opera, including Wozzeck and Don Carlo. He has staged Eugène Onegin and Die Frau Ohne Schatten at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, The Rake’s Progress at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Médée, Macbeth, Lulu and Don Giovanni at La Monnaie in Brussels, Poppea e Nerone (Monteverdi / Boesmans) and Alceste (Gluck) at Madrid’s Teatro Real. 

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