Dublin Theatre Festival


Grzegorz Jarzyna

Grzegorz Jarzyna, born 1968 in Chorzów, is one of the best-known stage directors ever to come from Poland. His debut brought about a revolution in Polish theatre. He holds degrees in philosophy from Jagiellonian University and stage directing from the State Drama School in Krakow. Since 1998 he has been General and Artistic Director of TR Warszawa (former Teatr Rozmaitosci), one Poland's most innovative theatres, becoming its General Director in 2006.
Jarzyna has staged and radically reinterpreted classic drama (Tropical Craze according to Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, Magnetism of the Heart based on Aleksander Fredro's Maiden Vows), adapted major European novels (Mann's Doctor Faustus, Prince Myshkin according to Dostoyevsky's The Idiot), directed famous contemporary plays (Brad Fraser's Unidentified Human Remains, Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis in Warsaw and Düsseldorf), and well-loved operas (Mozart's Così fan tutte at Teatr Wielki in Poznan, Prokofiev’s Gambler at Opera de Lyon). His readiness and enthusiasm for cutting across genres have resulted in 2007: Macbeth according to Shakespeare (2005), an almost cinematic production with the action taking place on four separate sets, and Giovanni based on Mozart's Don Giovanni and Moliere's Don Juan, a production melding dramatic theatre and opera.
Jarzyna's international reputation was established with the invitation of his productions to numerous festivals and guest performances on stages in Europe and beyond, including Moscow, Jerusalem, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Edinburgh, Stockholm, London, Dublin, Toronto, Avignon and New York. In June 2008 Macbeth was shown on a purpose-built stage under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, in August 4.48 Psychosis was presented at the Edinburgh International Festival, in October Giovanni inaugurated the Baltic House festival in St. Petersburg, while in March 2010 T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T. was shown at New Zealand International Arts Festival in Wellington.
Jarzyna has written many adaptations, two dramas: Medea Project and Areteia, as well as libretto to Zygmunt Krauze's opera Iwona, Princess of Burgundy. He has also directed several television productions: Tropical Craze according to Witkiewicz, History according to Witold Gombrowicz, and the TV version of 2007: Macbeth.
He has won numerous prizes and distinctions, including the award of the Minister for Foreign Affairs for his outstanding contribution to promoting Poland internationally (2002) and a Gold Medal commemorating the St. Petersburg Tricentennial (2004). In 2007, Jarzyna's production of Medea at the Burgtheater in Vienna (2006) won him the Nestroy-Preis, one of the most coveted theatre awards in German-speaking countries. He was twice awarded with Konrad Swinarski Prize for the best director (1999 and 2009).
His latest productions are T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T. based on the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini (premiered in February 2009) and No Matter How Hard We Tried by young Polish playwright Dorota Maslowska premiered at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin. He was one of the authors invited to the Odyssey Europe project, part of the RUHR.2010 – European Capital of Culture programme – for which his work Areteia premiered in February 2010.



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