Midsummer Scene and Teatr Stefa Otwara Present
Based on Hamlet. Performed and Devised by Anna Rakowska and Piotr Misztela
2nd July 2018 at 9:30 pm / Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik
Anna has graduated from the Ludwik Solski State Superior Theatre School in Kraków–Wrocław Branch. Since 2013, she has been a member of the independent group Teatr Strefa Otwarta, who work on their own theatre language based on improvisation and various performance techniques. The group focuses on contemporary stagings of Shakespeare’s plays. Anna Rakowska is a member of Teatr Odwrócony in Krakow. She collaborates with Teatr Druga Strefa in Warsaw, Sabanci University in Istanbul; Fine Arts Academy in Wrocław. Anna has received numerous awards for her work.
Piotr is an actor, director, and performing arts teacher. He is a member of Nordic Stage Fight Society and South Baltic Academy of Independent Theatre. As an actor, he has collaborates with the theatres in Norway (Nordland Teater, Rogaland Teater) and Poland (Teatr Polski-Wrocław, Teatr Dramatyczny-Wałbrzych, Teatr Druga Strefa-Warszawa, Teatr Rozrywki-Chorzów, Teatr Szekspirowski-Gdańsk). He is a co-founder of Teatr Strefa Otwarta (actor and director). Piotr has been received awards for his work at numerous theatre festivals.
In this critically acclaimed production – based on Hamlet and devised by Anna Rakowska and Piotr Misztela — the actors explore the key scene between Hamlet and Ophelia.
These two characters are engaged in a constant and dangerous game, forced by the depth of their feelings to fight and to play. Interacting constantly with the audience and with the environment in which they are playing, Anna and Piotr create a performance based on improvisation in which the actors examine the boundaries of theatre, giving viewers the opportunity to explore their own expression of feelings and most importantly to decide.
What can come of this?
“Attentive, sensitive, focused, very physical and emotional” — Shakespeare Festival in Gdansk
“Improvised, highly physical, bilingual work such as H(2)O successfully avoids Shakespeare’s lines becoming mere words, words, words that signify nothing, and makes them words that do.” — York Shakespeare Festival