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Confession of the butterfly
Lullaykas and counting-out rhymes
Tales from Moominvalley
What cannot be talked about, can be danced about

Confession of the butterfly

Confession of the butterfly is a project which engages children and their outlook on life in an experimental creative process and then the performance itself. The story inspired by the works of Janusz Korczak, as well as the series of illustrations for Henry Darger’s Vivian Girls also known as the Surreal Land, or the Glande-Angeline War, caused by the rebellion of enslaved children, fosters the children to create the final version of the performance. They will also become equal stage partners for professional actors. These two perspectives
- Korczak’s and Drager’s are linked by the presence of the children who participate in the creative process.
The confession of the butterfly is a diary written by the 14-year-old Janusz Korczak, describing his moment of transition into manhood in a very frank and striking manner. On the one hand, it presents the old doctor as a young boy, discovering his own self and his awakening sexuality, and on the other, it shows a man aware of the values slowly forming a true system inside him. A fourteen year old boy shows great maturity in describing his dreams, future work and the children facing the horror of the war.


Instructors: Wojciech Faruga, Maria Depta

FORUM THEATRE is a technique pioneered by the Brazilian director Augusto Boal. Forum Theatre was devised by its creator as a tool to show the participants how to change their world. Forum Theatre performances make it possible for the audience to stop the action on the stage. An audience member can say “stop” and interrupt the performance, usually a short scene in which the character is oppressed in some way. The audience members can be brought into the performance and perform their own interventions. The viewer then becomes the actor as well as has an input in the dramatic action they are watching.
Forum Theatre is an interactive method used by the theatre artists, who can combine the elements of theatre and education together. This year, workshop participants supervised by qualified instructors will collect real-life stories and prepare their own performance to present to their peers. The show will address the growing outbreaks of violence in Poland, which we have been facing throughout the recent years.

Lullaykas and counting-out rhymes

Atofri (Poznań Art Fund / Poland)

management: BeataBąblińska, Monika Kabacińska

br> cast: BeataBąblińska, Monika Kabacińska

ages: 6-18 months
50 min

Parents and children sing some of the old Polish cradle songs during the workshops. The lullabies are accompanied by the music played on accordion, viola and drums.
Singing intertwines with telling stories, playing games and instruments. By sharing the music we establish strong bonds between parents and children - workshops are full of peace, music and playing together.
Inspired by making the music with children and parents we have released an audio record called Lulajki - Atrofi Theatre and Jacek Hałas

STORY LAB: Children and flowers 1968/2017

Instructors: Sebastian Królikowski, Marcin Zbyszyński, Magdalena Mosiewicz

STORY LAB is an amazing storytelling experiment dedicated to look back at various stages of the human history. Teenagers are participating in classes revealing the secrets of the work performed by researchers and techniques of presenting the story. Next, they become researchers themselves and collect the accounts provided by their parents, neighbours as well as complete strangers. Based on the collected stories they create a theatrical event, which will be presented to their peers - high school students - along with a special workshop. It is a unique form of peer education. The first edition of the project familiarized the young people with the reality of the breakthrough era, such as the Palaeozoic, or the period when their parents were young - the 1990s. This year we go back to the 1960s and will look at the spirit of the hippie era.



Naqqali dramatic performance has long played an important role in Iranian society, from the courts to the villages. It is the art of public speaking. The performer - the Naqqāl - recounts stories in verse or prose accompanied by gestures and movements, and sometimes instrumental music and painted scrolls. Both entertainers and bearers of Persian literature and culture, Naqqāls need to be acquainted with local cultural expressions, languages and dialects, and traditional music. Naqqāls requires considerable talent, a retentive memory and the ability to improvise with skill to captivate an audience.
The Naqqāls wear simple costumes, but may also don ancient helmets or armoured jackets during performances to help recreate battle scenes. Female Naqqāls perform before mixed audiences. Until recently, Naqqāls were deemed the most important guardians of folk-tales, ethnic epics and Iranian folk music. Naqqāli was formerly performed in coffee/tea houses, tents of nomads, houses, and historical venues such as ancient caravanserais. However, new forms of entertainment have resulted in diminishing interest in Naqqāli performance. It has considerably impacted the popularity of this art and as a result the number of storytellers is decreasing. As both workshops expound the Naqqāli art to us, we can explore the techniques of one of the oldest forms of the art of public speaking. The meetings will approx. include 12 young performers/ participants. Instructor: Mohammad Aghebati, chief manager of the theatre and a teacher, artistic director of Maaa Theatre


Tales from Moominvalley

The “U Machulskich” Theatre Centre (Warsaw / Poland)

manager: Anna Kozłowska
written: Tove Jansson
translated: Irena Szuch-Wyszomirska
stage direction: young people with the “U Machulskich” Theatre Centre
supervised: Anna Kozłowska, Adam Biernacki, Sebastian Królikowski
cast: young people with the “U Machulskich” Theatre Centre

opening night July 2017
90 min

Tales from Moominvalley is an excellent book for both children and adults. The magical world of the Moomins appeals to our imagination, while the philosophy of the stories helps us to confront human problems and better understand our emotions. Also, the Moomins are just great for theatre. This is why, during this summer's workshops, the young people with the “U Machulskich” Theatre Centre worked on bringing the fairy-tale world onto the stage. Come and see the results of contemporary young people meeting the colourful figures of the Moominvalley!
info – The “U Machulskich” Theatre Centre


"What cannot be talked about, can be danced about" - a workshop performance

This project is dedicated to our teenage viewers. It consists of a series of workshops, the final result of which is a performance of a dance theatre. We would like to develop an intergenerational dialogue by engaging the entire family into the performance. The main theme of the workshops will focus on the taboos: among friends, family, at school. We will create a theatrical performance based on the real life stories with the elements of a dance theatre. The aim is to create a person based theatre, engaging the young actors in the events as well as encouraging them to express their commentary and judgment.
















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