Teatr Akt (Poland)
Chick Stick 4
June 30, at 9 pm, Park Szczęśliwicki
Teatr Akt was founded in 1990 at the Stodoła Student Club in Warsaw, and since 1991 it has been operating as an association. The core of the company are mimes - the theatre grew out of the tradition of the Polish school of pantomime, but very soon began to work out its own dramatic language. With time, open space has become the main stage of the company’s artistic expression - their domain was still the art of mime, gesture, and visual image, but it was supplemented with elements of circus, dance and all kinds of acrobatics.
For many years Teatr Akt has been travelling to large cities and small towns in Poland and abroad, developing its theatrical adventure with street performances. The group regularly participates in theatre festivals in Poland, as well as in Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Hungary. They have received numerous awards, including the Grand Prix for the performance Wind Tales at Małe Zderzenie Teatrów Festival in Kłodzko, the Audience Award at the A Part festival in Katowice for the performance of Dump, Golden Mask at the MFTU in Chojnice, the Culture Foundation Award at the Teatr w Walizce Festival for The Brave Tin Soldier, Grand Prix for the spectacle Fenix at the Dionysia in Ciechanów. Teatr Akt represented Polish art during Polish Culture Days in London, Paris, Leipzig and Vitebsk.
The team has no specific job positions and tasks - each of the group members can be an actor, director, producer, or a technician.
Since 2010, the seat of Teatr Akt is the building at 9 Łaziebna Street in Olszynka Grochowska, which is the base for preparing travelling theatre performances, as well as local Warsaw art projects.
The performance of Chick Stick 4 is an unusual form of a fire show, and at the same time the most vivid performance of Teatr Akt. The impulse to create the spectacle was a desire to introduce popular fireworks shows into the classical theatrical action. And thus a fire show, usually deprived of any drama or elements of orderly narration, received a dramatic structure. The result is a performance that tells the story of finding joy of life in mundane events of everyday life. It does so in a fun and perverse way. Nostalgic scenes intertwine here with fire animations, expressive dance and colourful, dynamic images, creating in effect a light spectacle with a sentimental note. The performance is a typical example of classic street art, with burning objects, fireworks shows and daring demonstrations of agility play an important role. As in most performances, Teatr Akt actors use the universal language of the body, gestures and facial expressions.
„Similarly optimistic and wistful impression, reminiscent of Amelia was left by Teatr Akt, which presented Chick Stick 4. The show with this suggestive title turned out to be a warm tale in which times and realities have been totally mixed up. Men dressed in pre-war costumes meet women in contemporary pink wigs. The spectacle filled with spectacular effects - walking on stilts, fire, acrobatics - introduced viewers into the mood of the weekend that had just started.”
Ewa Hevelke, Nowa Siła Krytyczna, 03.07.2007
„And then there was Chick Stick 4. But I am not going to write too much about the show, not to spoil it for anyone who happens to read these words. If only you have a chance to see the performance, go and see it. I haven’t laughed so much for a long time. I was almost rolling with laughter. It has not happened to me for I do not remember how long."
Directed by: Ambroży Pogorzelski
Light: Adam Sztorc
Performers: Marta Suzin Agnieszka Musiałowicz, Marek Kowalski, Tomasz Musiałowicz, Janusz Porębski, Krzysztof Skarżyński.