Cracow Theatrical Reminiscences (Krakowskie Reminiscencje Teatralne)

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Country and Region PolandMalopolskie
Type of Festival Dance, Drama
Location of Festival Cracow, Malopolskie, Poland
Festival Contact Information

Krakowskie Reminiscencje Teatralne
“ROTUNDA” Association
ul. Oleandry 1, 30-060 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (48) 12 633 61 60, or (48) 12 633 35 38
Fax (48) 12 633 76 48

Festival Description

The Cracow Theatrical Reminiscences is one of the oldest theatre festivals in Poland, by having been organised continuously since 1975. It is well known in the country and abroad and each year at the end of March draws a crowd of theatre aficionados to Cracow.

Originally the festival used to be a stage of dialogue within the alternative environment: where the best productions of the season were reviewed, with experiences, practices, and ideas exchanged, and the role of the artist in contemporary world was discussed. Now, faced with the disintegration of the movement, a sense of loss of numerous leading artists, problems with the definition of what has remained of the alternative theatre to this day, the former profile of the festival cannot be easily maintained.

The time of change has come—in fact, this is nothing new as the festival did continue to evolve from its earliest days by not forgetting about its roots. The festival intends to show new social situations in which theatre exists. Each year Reminiscences’ evolves by using the theatre in an attempt to make us aware of the transformation of society.

The idea behind theme-focused Reminiscences entices the public to a take a moment to reflect. The organizers aim to developing a coherent aesthetic and intellectual whole from the selected productions and other artistic pursuits. The productions at Reminiscences are to bring joy to the spectator, as well as to ask the spectator difficult questions.

Festival Dates October 16 - 20, 2013
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Programming 2013:
  • 100% KRAKÓW
    • A production of the cult theatrical collective Rimini Protokoll, being a pivotal project of the 38. RMNSC. is an artistic concept engaging the local community, and based on the statistical data about Krakow, drawn from official researches. One hundred Cracovians will take part in the show, each of them a representative of a particular group of citizens, and of a specific statistical indicator. “A living chain reaction” and a script written in a dynamic process, make for a complex image – the audience will witness an unusual picture of Krakow, familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. 140 days of research, 100 tales, 3 shows, 1 city – 100% KRAKÓW! The project will be accompanied by a catalogue!
  • #stalker (idea and production: Aśka Grochulska, Tomasz Węgorzewski)
    • Authorial, interdisciplinary urban action, ranging between visual and performative art, and urban ethnography, based on stalking. Specially trained, anonymous stalkers – “reality’s agents” – observe the city and its inhabitants or collect pictures of everyday life. The public is invited to participate in a multimedia show, whose script is being based on the constellation of documents and impressions collected by the stalkers within the month’s activity in the city space.
  • Milo Rau / International Institute of Political Murder
    • Will visit Krakow with a very topical show Hate Radio, which lays bare the mechanisms of creating and falsifying reality, and is based on the history and the stories of those who survived the genocidal conflict between Hutu and Tutsi. During the 1994 Rwanda genocide One Thousand Hills Independent Radio and Television which broadcast programs openly instigating to violence, played the key role in the course of the conflict. Hate Radio is not only a story of genocide, it also raises questions about the power of the media who claim to be objective, and their influence on reality. In this deeply moving show star Rwandan actors who lost their family members and friends in the events.
  • Jan Fabre
    • In whose heart-rending monodrama, Drugs kept me alive, Antony Rizzi openly talks about drug addiction. Tragedy blends with comedy. The performer talks about his drug experience, life with HIV, sex, which gave him the feeling of power and control. However, it’s not a story of downfall and harm, but of an experiment, whose aim was to cross the border of reality. Fabre, known from his visionary, vivid, sweeping productions, this time chose a more intimate formula.
  • Tomasz Kireńczuk’s and Radek Rychcik’s Follow me
    • A question asked on stage about individuals who in the documents found in an archive discover anew the story of their love. This allows for a rediscovery of the story of one’s life; of what importance can be a sudden experience of the fiction of one’s own history. The play was inspired by the love stories found in the Krakow IPN archive.
  • MIND-BODY: an unusual meeting of science, dance and music!
    • Professor Jerzy Vetulani – outstanding neurobiologist, Mikołaj Trzaska – exceptional jazz man, and Leszek Bzdyl – acclaimed choreographer, all sharing one stage! The body / mind relation, in European culture often perceived as belonging to parallel worlds, will be the focus of their attention. This is an open formula event, where lecture and music and dance improvisation interlace, from theory to body and mind in action. The dialogue will arise right there during this meeting. An evening that won’t happen again!
Additional programming 2013:
  • An Kaler Insignificant Others (learning to look sideways) – seldom does one have a chance to see a dance performance so intense, danced at the verge of exhaustion.
  • Monika Strzępka and Paweł Demirski, whose RE//MIX Dario Fo has sent his instructions in a mocking form asks questions about the bases of the current Polish cultural politics by the famed theatre duo.
  • Philippe Blanchard, first choreographer in residence at Dance Moves Cities, will, along with its participants, present the results of the lab that took place in Krakow this year.
  • Rabih Mroué, in an immensely topical, and the Festival’s only, performative lecture: The Pixelated Revolution. Making use of authentic films and photos, Mroué will expose new strategies for recording the violence and cruelty of war.
  • Anka Herbut, along with over ten artists from Poland, Italy, and Germany, will lead artistic walks (Artistic City Trips) through Krakow and Nowy Sącz (the itineraries will be available also in the form of audio-guides for individual use). They will create alternative maps, for whom city is the source of inspiration and food for imagination.
  • In DZOE, Harakiri Farmers ask what happens when one takes away somebody’s identity by covering their face? The show asks questions drawing on the concept of naked life, taken from Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer. How to give it back its voice? How to make it visible?
  • Alexandra Bachzetsis in A Piece Danced Alone presents two dancers (Bachzetsis herself as one of them) – who is who, and why do they do what they do?
  • Films — Important place in the Festival’s program is occupied by the FILM BLOC, showing widely acknowledged and commented pictures on the history and the future of modernity, and the influence the global controlling, political and economical institutions have on communities. Performative ways of constructing social identities through language, gesture and ritual will be at the centre of attention.
  • Another important element of the RMNSC. Program are two debates: Revolution or Riots? – Ways to Seduce the Audience (hosted by Marina Gržinić) and 100% City (hosted by Jan Sowa).
  • NOTE: Every day of the Festival will end with an unusual musical cocktail served at the RMNSC. Festival Club (Pauza In Garden) - starting everyday at 9pm! Free entry.


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Jan Fabre in “Drugs Kept Me Alive”, photo by W. Bergman
    • Institute of Political Murder Hate Radio
    • Rimini Protokoll “100% KRAKÓW”, ©Michał Ramus (Ramusphotography)
    • An Kaler Insignificant others (learning to look sideways), ©Michał Ramus (Ramusphotography)
    • Rimini Protokoll “100% KRAKÓW”, ©Michał Ramus (Ramusphotography)
    • Radek Rychcik “Follow Me”, ©Michał Ramus (Ramusphotography)
    • Demirski & Strzępka RE/MIX Dario Fo has sent instructions
    • Aśka Grochulska, Tomasz Węgorzewski #stalker
Venue 2013:
    • Festival Centre
      Located at the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
      3a Szczepański Square
  • October 16–20, 2013
  • Hours — 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Tickets 2013:
  • Ticket prices: 10 to 35 pln. Tickets for Festival events can be purchased online at, through Facebook fan page (RMNSC.FESTIVAL), as well as at and During the Festival tickets will be available at the Festival Centre, as well as at the venues, 30 mins before every show. Some events (100% KRAKÓW, #stalker) require free passes (prior reservation is necessary, possible through the Festival’s web page:


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