May 21st, 12:00 – 14:00

Directors of Kontakt – launching a special issue of the journal Litteraria Copernicana.

The idea behind this issue edited by Toruń-based theatrologists, Artur Duda and Marzenna Wiśniewska, is to give an overview of the 25 years of the Kontakt International Theatre Festival (the anniversary celebrated in 2016) with special focus on those directors whose presence provoked the most heated discussions on the aesthetic changes theatre underwent at the turn of the century. The researchers contributing to this issue of the journal focused on the following theatre international directors: Frank Castorf, Piotr Cieplak, Oskaras Koršunovas, Jerneys Lorenci, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Christoph Marthaler, Rimas Tuminas, Monika Strzępka and Paweł Demirski, Ivan Vyrypaev, and Thomas Ostermeier. The articles included some valuable insight to new approaches to acting, repertoire changes, reality, disillusionment, actor- audience communication strategies, performativity, musicality as well as theatre’s social impact. With the 100th anniversary of the Polish theatre in Toruń approaching, two outstanding stage directors and managing directors are recalled: Wilam Horzyca, the patron of the dramatic theatre in Toruń and Krystyna Meissner.

Organizer: Litteraria Copernicana, Nicolaus Copernicus University Faculty of Languages

Co-organizer: Wilam Horzyca Theatre

Partner: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press

(Wejściówka Café, Pl. Teatralny 1)

May 22nd, 11:00 – 14:00

Polish-Lithuanian Relations from a Historical Perspective – a discussion with a Lithuanian and a Polish historian accompanied by a presentation by the participants of the Independent 18-18 project.

(CKK Jordanki, Al. Solidarności 1-3)

Host: dr Sandra Užule-Fons

Dr. Sandra Užule-Fons, born in Daugavpils (Latvia) is a historian and journalist. She took her degree at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań) and conducts research on the 19th and 20th-century history and political culture of the Baltic countries. She popularizes knowledge of Latvia in Poland and carries out projects on media and journalism in the former USSR. Documentary films are another interest, for example she came up with the original idea for the film Baltic Poker: What is Putin up to? for which she co-wrote the script and personally appeared as one of its protagonists (2006). The film won second prize at Festiwal Sztuki Faktu (‘Art of Fact’ Festival) in Toruń in 2016.

May 23rd, 11:30 – 13:00

The role of German theatre during the refugee crisis in 2015 r. – a lecture by Stephen E. Wilmer.

Stephen E. Wilmer is Professor Emeritus of Drama at Trinity College, Dublin, and was recently a research fellow at the Research Centre for ‘Interweaving Performance Cultures’ at the Freie Universität Berlin. Formerly head of the School of Drama, Film and Music at Trinity College Dublin, he has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, and editor-in-chief of the Nordic Theater Studies journal. He has written and edited twenty books and co-edited, with Azadeh Sharifi, ‘Theatre and Statelessness in Europe’ for Critical Stages in 2016. His latest book, Performing Statelessness in Europe, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in March 2018.

(Collegium Maius, room 311, ul. Fosa Staromiejska 3)

Lecture organisers: Copernicus University of Toruń Faculty of Languages and the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Studies

May 25th, 12:00 – 14:00

From East to West: Back-to-back or face-to-face? – debate

A meeting of the KZD Debate Club, during which the debaters will try to find an answer to the question whether Eastern and Western Europe still continue to have a mutual ‘creative’ impact or is there a growing tendency to turn their backs on each other. This debate will delve into the earliest traditions of the Kontakt festival, born from the need to put western and eastern European communities in ‘contact’ with each other.

(CKK Jordanki, Al. Solidarności 1-3)

Founded in 2017 by Mateusz Łapiński and Jaroslaw ‘Jarry’ Jaworski, KZD set themselves the goal of rebuilding the culture of the ‘offline’ discussion born out of their internal need to express their growing dissent against the internet war which destroys the fabric of Polish society.