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BIO.S in english


BIO.S or not to BIO.S

The theme of the re­_wizje BIO.S festival, which takes place during the 2012/ 2013 season, is man understood as a unity in a certain specific system. BIO.S: the name describing this edition of re_wizje, determines both the group of life processes, as well as the system of conditions in which such processes take place; at the same time, it is a determination of information procedures between the operating system and the device and a possible English term for multiplicity of events. All these terms, mutually supplementing one another and commenting on one another, offer a possibility of programming multiple theatre activities and activities related to the theatre, which oscillate around broadly understood biography.

In autumn, we invited the audience for two premieres at the New Stage (Nowa Scena):  

ŚMIERĆ I ZMARTWYCHWSTANIE ŚWIATA (“DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF THE WORLD”) based on Nisa-Momme Stockmann’s text directed by Ewelina Marciniak (premiere: September 28, 29, 2012) and PAW KRÓLOWEJ (“THE QUEEN’S PEACOCK”) based on Dorota Masłowska’s text adapted by Mateusz Pakuła and directed by Paweł Świątek (premiere: October 27, 28, 2012), which form a part of the theatre’s repertoire.

In winter, we visited the partners of our project: the Małopolska Cultural Centre SOKÓŁ in Nowy Sącz and the Mościce Art Centre in Tarnów, where we presented “Paw Królowej” (The Queen’s peacock).

The spring opening of re_wizje was inaugurated by POCZET KRÓLÓW POLSKICH (“THE GALLERY OF THE POLISH KINGS”) directed by Krzysztof Garbaczewski, text and dramaturgy: Agnieszka Jakimiak, Marcin Cecko, Sigismund Mrex, Szczepan Orłowski (premiere: March 23, 24, 2013 at the Chamber Stage).

Another proposal is a performance prepared in cooperation with the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków, presenting two variants of the same text, i.e.:

DUMANOWSKI side A/ side B
based on the novel of Wit Szostak
premiere: April 27, 28, 2013 at the Big Stage (Duża Scena) 

side A: directed by: Konrad Dworakowski, text/ dramaturgy: Martyna Lachman (State Drama School)

side B: directed by: Sebastian Krysiak (State Drama School), text/ dramaturgy: Tomasz Jękot (State Drama School)

At the end of the season, which is also the end of the entire re_wizje.BIO.S festival, we would like to invite everybody to a June premiere weekend, in the course of which the following performances will be presented:

text: Michał Kmiecik
director: Marcin Liber
premiere: June 21, 22, 2013 at the Chamber Stage (Scena Kameralna)


text: Paweł Demirski
directed by: Monika Strzępka
premiere: June 22,23, 2013 at the Big Stage (Duża Scena))

director: Paweł Passini
premiere: June 23, 24, 2013 at the New Stage (Nowa Scena)


stary.bio.s – theatricalised city game conducted in relation to the performances of the Stary Theatre by the Theatre artists on May 17 and 18, 2013 between 7.00 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The game participants will wander with maps across the Old City and the Kazimierz district, following the footsteps of national heroes – poets and insurgents, discover places related to the history of Cracow (1794 – 1918). They will use their experiences during workshops (reciting and singing) conducted by the actors in the Stary Theatre. The workshops will be shown during the final concert at the Theatre stage.

Swinarski.bio.s:a multimedia exhibition devoted to Konrad Swinarski and his work. The exhibition is created by Swinarski’s actors and their performative activities are enriched with a virtual exhibition using the materials of the Digital Museum of the Stary Theatre.

Venue: BE Zone, time: end of May and beginning of June, 2013

Apart from it, within the scope of festival activities, we are planning to publish an audio-book and prepare and market four e-books via the Internet. We will also prepare a special application for smartphones.

Within the scope of the BIO.S project, we organize presentations of performances with subtitles in English, especially for foreign tourists: April 2013, May 2013, June 2013.

The project  is co-financed by the European Union as part of The Malopolska Regional Operational Programme 2007-2013


The National Stary Theatre in Kraków, which was established in 1781, is one of the oldest public scenes in Poland. Its patron is Helena Modrzejewska, a famous 19th century actress, excellent performer of Shakespearean roles at the scenes of Europe and America.

The legend and artistic renown of the Stary Theatre, which is among the best scenes in Poland, was created by such artists as: Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Grotowski, Zygmunt Hübner, Konrad Swinarski, Jerzy Jarocki, Andrzej Wajda, Krystian Lupa, Grzegorz Jarzyna and Krzysztof Warlikowski. Since January 2013, the director of the theatre has been Jan Klata, and his deputy for artistic affairs is Sebastian Majewski, who, in the last couple of years, prepared several performances which gained recognition of the audience and the critics. 

The theatre’s repertoire includes both staging of modern texts, as well as re-interpretations of classics prepared within the scope of the re_wizje festival. The Stary Theatre is open to young directors and dramatic works written by young authors and it also cooperates with foreign directors. The area of artistic experiments is marked by workshop performances, video shows, radio plays, exhibitions, installations and meetings with artists. Since 2009, the Stary Theatre has been participating in the international network Mitos21: European Theatre Network which is an association of most prestigious European theatres.

The theatre has three stages: the Big Stage (Duża Scena) and the New Stage (Nowa Scena) in the building at Jagiellońska No. 1 and the Chamber Stage (Scena Kameralna) at Starowiślna 21. The main building also houses the so-called BE Zone in the room of the former Museum, used for various artistic events.

Ticket booking and sale information:

Pl. Szczepański 1
tel. no.: + 48 12 422 40 40

Opening times:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Box offices:
Big Stage (Duża Scena), ul. Jagiellońska 1
New Stage (Nowa Scena), ul. Jagiellońska 1
Chamber Stage (Scena Kameralna), ul. Starowiślna 21

Box office opening times:
Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
and two hours before a performance
on Mondays the box office is closed

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