Questions of Practice: Centrala's Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka on Classical Works and the Avant-Garde

Questions of Practice: Centrala’s Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka on Classical Works and the Avant-Garde

Director Michał Zadara and actress Barbara Wysocka of the Polish theater group Centrala discuss how understanding the context, theory, and history behind classic works informs their approach to experimental theater-making. Zadara emphasizes the importance of recognizing the qualities of classic works that were “explosive” and “radical” in their original times.

Centrala’s Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka on classical works and the avant-garde. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on October 26, 2015.

Swarthmore College brought the North American premiere of Chopin Without Piano to Philadelphia in the fall of 2015 with Center support, with performances at Swarthmore and FringeArts.


Theater director and Centrala co-founder Michał Zadara has created over 50 performances, installations, and independent films in Poland, Austria, Germany, Israel, and the US. A graduate of Swarthmore College and the Theatre Academy in Krakow, Zadara was the featured director of the 2008 Warsaw Theater Meetings Festival. The recipient of the Silver Cross for Service from the President of Poland, Zadara co-wrote and directed the Center-funded presentation of Chopin Without Piano.

Barbara Wysocka is an actress and member of Centrala. A graduate of the Theatre Academy in Krakow, Wysocka has performed and directed at the Stary Teatr in Krakow, Wrocław Contemporary Theatre, Polish National Opera, Schaubühne in Berlin, Germany, among many others. The recipient of the Polityka Passport Award, Wysocka co-wrote and performed in the Center-funded presentation of Chopin Without Piano.



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