DA! DA! DA! (YES! YES! YES!) Modern Theatre, Russian Drama and Performance Festival in Poland

The DA! DA! DA! Modern Theatre, Russian Drama and Performance Festival in Poland for the first time in many years presented Russian modern theatre in Poland on a large scale. The Festival was held from 16 May until 2 June 2013 and was aimed at the presentation of the most significant events in Russian theatre, new trends in playwriting and acting.

One of the most important aims of DA! DA! DA! was to create a space for dialogue and cooperation between Polish and Russian theatre people. The Festival was a response to the successful project Polish Theatre in Moscow, which took place within the framework of the Golden Mask Festival in 2011.

The DA! DA! DA! Modern Theatre, Russian Drama and Performance project was organized by the Golden Mask Festival and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

The programme was curated by Agniezska Lubomira Piotrowska and Roman Pawlowski. The main idea of the presentation was to introduce Russian theatre as part of European theatre movements, as an art that raises themes that shares with Europeans, using a contemporary artistic language.

The DA! DA! DA! programme included 11 performances:

GORKI-10, School of Dramatic Art and Dmitri Krymov Laboratory, Moscow
LIFE AND FATE, Maly Drama Theatre – Theatre of Europe, St. Petersburg
LIFE IS GRAND, Studio Theatre, Warsaw
LIGHT MY FIRE, Teatr.doc, Moscow
THE CLOSED DOOR, ON.Theatre, St. Petersburg
ICE, National Theatre, Warsaw
LEAR. A COMEDY, Priyut Komedianta Theatre, St. Petersburg
THE SOLDIER, Teatr.doc, Moscow and Post Theatre, St. Petersburg
THE UZBEK, Joseph Beuys Theatre and Sakharov Centre, Moscow
I AM FREE, Post Theatre, St. Petersburg
SHOOT/GET TREASURE/REPEAT, Post Theatre, St. Petersburg

A number of productions staged by Russian directors in Warsaw theatres premiered during the Festival.

Meetings with authors, discussions, round tables, a conference devoted to Stanislavsky’s 150th anniversary as well as concerts and club projects took place within the framework of special programmes of the Festival.