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Krzysztof Warlikowski

Season 20/21 Artist
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Krzysztof Warlikowski figures among the reforming vanguard of theatrical language in Europe. Through his stage work, he has reinvigorated our perceptions of Shakespearean theatre in a spectacular way. His most outstanding productions include Angels in America (Kushner), Madame de Sade (Mishima), Krum / Kroum l’ectoplasme (Levin), Koniec / The End (adapted from Kafka, Koltès and Coetzee), (A)pollonia, A Streetcar (with Isabelle Huppert), African Tales inspired by the works of Shakespeare, Kabaret Warszawski, and Hanokh Levin’s On s’en va which was presented at the 2018 Printemps des Comédiens spring comedy festival in Montpellier and in Paris in 2019.
Krzysztof Warlikowski has re-forged the connection with the spectator by using an original process to prompt the audience into searching for meaning or meanings, particularly through cinematographic references or with the novel use of video. Extremely active in the field of opera, he has always managed to transpose his dramatic discoveries into the genre. At the Paris Opera, his productions include Iphigénie en Tauride, The Markopoulos Affair, Parsifal, King Roger (Szymanowski), Bluebeard’s Castle / La Voix humaine and Don Carlos. In addition, he directed The Rake’s Progress at the Berlin Staatsoper and Eugene Onegin at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where he also oversaw the production of Die Frau ohne Schatten to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the theatre’s reopening after World War II. He also works regularly with the Teatro Real in Madrid where he directed The Markopoulos Affair, King Roger, Poppea e Nerone (Monteverdi / Boesmans) and Alceste (Gluck). At La Monnaie in Brussels, he directed Médée (Cherubini) Macbeth, Lulu and Don Giovanni.
In 2016, he directed Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno at the Aix Festival, Phèdre(s) (inspired by the work by Racine), and Les Français (based on the text by Proust). In the seasons which followed, he staged Wozzeck at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten at the Munich Festival, Pelléas et Mélisande at the RuhrTriennale, From the House of the Dead at the Royal Opera House in London, La Monnaie in Brussels and the Lyon Opera, The Bassarids (Henze) at the Salzburg Festival, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District at the Paris Opera, Salomé at the Munich Festival, and Les Contes d’Hoffmann at La Monnaie in Brussels. Krzysztof Warlikowski is also the director of the Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, an interdisciplinary cultural centre. His productions are performed all over the world.

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