1 h (no intermission)
50 PLN – regular
30 PLN – concessionary
30 PLN – rush
A theatre production-performance-exhibition built around the biography and art of Maria Klassenberg, a forgotten contemporary artist. At an opening of an exhibition of her works, the artist confronts her personal history of the relationship with her daughter. Her works in the form of recorded performances, objects and installations create the context. “Maria Klassenberg. Ecstasies”is a theatre installation designed to be presented in a gallery space.
Voices of the artist and her daughter – a personally invested observer, create a multidimensional portrait of a 20th century artist left unmentioned by the art history textbooks. An additional context is added by the commentary from an art critic.
An exhibition of Maria Klassenberg’s archive created by Aneta Grzeszykowska in cooperation with Jan Smaga will accompany the presentation of the performance. The performance space will be, at the same time, an independent exhibition space open for the public before and after the performances.
Production: TR Warszawa
Cooperation: The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
The performance is presented in The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary (2 Jazdów Str., Warsaw) in the Workshop hall
The performance is recommended for adult audience.
direction and concept: Katarzyna Kalwat
text and dramaturgy: Beniamin Bukowski
set, costume and lighting design: Anna Tomczyńska
music: Wojtek Blecharz
director’s assistant and stage manager: Karolina Gębska
cooperation: Anna Grzelewska, Joanna Zielińska
Maria Klassenberg’s Archive (concept, script, development): Aneta Grzeszykowska
cooperation: Jan Smaga
performers (Maria Klassenberg’s Archive): Anna Rutkowska, Wojciech Żera
live performers: Natalia Kalita, Urszula Kiebzak
production manager: Marta Kuźmiak
guest appearance: Anda Rottenberg
Tomasz Urbanek photo
“‘Maria Klassenberg doesn’t exist. She never did.’ – announces Urszula Kiebzak in her final monologue. […] director gives the floor to an actress who puts herself somewhere beside the role and exposes the reliances that rule the institution she works in. The reason behind the creation of Maria’s character is revealed. It’s a very important reason, difficult to downplay, because brings up the issue of the presence of female voice in the public space.”
“Maria Klassenberg is the most radical creator of Polish or maybe even global contemporary art. She is a fantasmatic persona with a made-up archive.”
Photos from Maria Klassenberg’s Archive, prepared an documented by Aneta Grzeszykowska.
The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art