Paradise Now? The Living Theatre Re//Mix
Thursday, November 19 at 7PM
Komuna// Warszawa invokes one of the most significant performances in the history of political theatre, The Living Theatre’s “Paradise Now!”, It has been 45 years since the Living Theatre premiered their now-iconic piece of 1960s rebellion. In 2014 Komuna// Warszawa visited Living Theatre founder Judith Malina in her nursing home before her passing, and asked what paradise is and how to get there. Come and see what she said and what the company has explored as they reflected on this legacy and asked the hard questions about the current state of political art.
A Conference on the Relevance of Culture / Moderated by Richard Schechner
Friday, November 20 at 6PM
Leading Polish independent theatre company Komuna// Warszawa invites the New York performing arts community to join them in the CultureHub studio for an open discussion on comparative tactics of survival. Moderated by acclaimed theatre artist and scholar Richard Schechner, we will examine how artists can continue to develop work that is relevant to their time and explore strategies for creative collaboration and sustainability. Come join the conversation!
Saturday, November 21 at 7PM
Frank Herbert’s Dune series is considered among the best works of science fiction literature. Dune anticipates some of the key philosophical and geopolitical debates of the early 21st century, including controlled genetic breeding, depleted energy resources, cultures and civilizations cross-pollinating, religious wars, and the survival of mankind. Based on Herbert’s book, Komuna// Warszawa builds a philosophical theatrical essay about the future. In narrative terms, Dune 1965 is a docufiction describing Herbert’s visit to the Iranian desert city of Yazd. It was there that, under the influence of drugs, the writer supposedly came up with the core of the story. Discovering the “traces” of that visit years later, Komuna// Warszawa offers a contemporary retelling of Dune. Complete with film sequences shot in Iran and scenography designed by the Iranian artist Negar Farrajani.