A series of stage readings of new Russian plays from the Lyubimovka Young Playwrights Festival held in Moscow, an annual event that offers a thorough review of new Russian playwriting. The sessions will include readings of some plays from the most recent Lyubimovka festivals. Some of the plays will have been translated especially for the Kontakt festival.

(CKK Jordanki, Al. Solidarności 1-3)

The project is organised in collaboration with the “Four Dimensions are too Few for Us” creative association and with the Lyubimovka Young Playwrights Festival as its partner from the Russian side.

The project has been financed by funds from the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding in Warsaw obtained in the Open Competition.

List of readings:

May 20th,  15.00-16.30 – reading the play: “Mom” by Asya Woloshina + meeting with the author

Directed by: Filip Frątczak

A reading session organised by the “Plac Teatralny” Theatre Foundation with support from the Centre for Russian-Polish Dialogue and Understanding in Moscow, the Polish-Russian Chamber of Commerce and ZASP (Polish Association of Stage Actors), Bydgoszcz-Toruń Branch.

May 22nd, 15.00-16.30 – reading the play: “The Crucian carp” by Marina Dadichenko

(translated by Aneta Andrzejewska, Michał Kaproń, students of the Department of Slavonic Studies at UMK under the guidance of dr Monika Krajewska)

Directed by: Aleksandra Jakubczak

May 23rd, 15.00-16.30 – reading the play: “The Black Box” by Pavel Priazhko (translated by Tomasz Leszczyński)

May 24th, 15.00-17.00 – reading the play: “Utopia” Mikhail Durnienkov

Directed by: Maciej Wiktor

May 25th, 15.00-17.00 – reading the play: “The Sleeping Ones” by Marius Ivaškevičius

(translated by Tomasz Leszczyński + meeting with Marius Ivaškevičius and Mikhail Durnienkov – a playwright and artistic director of the Lyubimovka Young Playwrights Festival

Directed by: Joanna Grabowiecka




This event is part of the Kontakt-Lyubimovka program. Students of Nicolaus Copernicus University, Faculty of Fine Arts (Art and Intermedia Section), in collaboration with students of the Warsaw Theatre Academy Directing Department, are preparing for 7 readings/installations of 7-word plays. The plays were selected during this year’s Lyubimovka festival in Moscow. Each reading lasts 7 minutes and remains displayed in the forms of installations, happenings, and performance art pieces until May 24th.

(Opening ­– square in front of Wilam Horzyca Theatre)


Project organisers: the creative association “Four Dimensions are too Few for Us”

Partners: “Plac Teatralny” Theatre Foundation; Nicolaus Copernicus University (Faculty of Fine Arts and the Department of Slavonic Languages); Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy (Department of Directing); Lyubimovka Young Playwrights Festival (Moscow); Centre of Contemporary Art “Znaki Czasu” in Toruń

Co-funded by: Centre for Russian-Polish Dialogue and Understanding in Moscow, the Polish-Russian Chamber of Commerce; and ZASP (Polish Association of Stage Actors), Bydgoszcz-Toruń Branch

Project curator: Tomasz Leszczyński

Tomasz Leszczyński – director and translator who studied at the St Petersburg Theatre Academy. In his carrer so far he has directed over a dozen performances in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. He has worked as a coordinator (film co-productions with Russia and Ukraine) and in 2017 he became President of the Four dimensions are too Few for Us creative association. As the association’s president he co-produced the Polish-Belarussian music project – KINEMO, among others.