Zbigniew Bzymek & Kuba Falk
Zbigniew Bzymek & Kuba Falk will continue to develop a new experimental theatrical/performative reading, based on excerpts from Diary (1953-1969) by Witold Gombrowicz, the Polish anti-nationalist writer, in preparation for an invitation to The Gombrowicz Festival in 2024 in Poland.. In this project they aim to present two sides of Gombrowicz's work: the truth-seeking, cynical non-fiction commentary contained in his diaries, and the fantastic, abstract, absurd and sometimes metaphysical prose of his novels. Special attention will be paid to the way Gombrowicz appeals to the idea of individualism in the face of communist corruption and its relevance today.
Zbigniew Bzymek + Kuba Falk
Interhuman + Interform
Text: Witold Gombrowicz
Performed by: Kuba Falk, Alessandro Magania, Viva Ruiz and Danusia Trevino
Video and directing: Zbigniew Bzymek
Set elements and movement: Kuba Falk
Music: Omar Zubair
Additional Music: Kuba Falk
Zbigniew Bzymek is a film and theatre director. He started his career as a video designer on 7 productions with Krystian Lupa. As a longtime Wooster Group company member, he was the originator and lead contributor to The DAILIES, The Wooster Group's video journal project, which defined the group’s media presence in the last decade.
With The Wooster Group, he made onstage video for: LA DIDONE, HAMLET, VIEUX CARRÉ, THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR, and A PINK CHAIR (In Place of a Fake Antique), in which he plays Man in the Place of Kantor, a principal part. Bzymek has also made several short and feature length films that have been shown at Berlinale, Sundance, Locarno, Anthology Film Archives, CPH:Pix, New Horizons and Belfort, among other venues and festivals. His latest stage productions as director have included: Witkacy's Pragmatists at Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw (2019), Kafka's Amerika (2020) and Concert of Question Marks, "a socio-musical" (2020) at Teatrgaleria Studio in Warsaw. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and The Polish National Film School in Łódź, where he is currently a doctoral student.
Kuba Falk (b. 1984), an intermedia artist and performer, creates and interprets "body-tales," which is what he calls his performative actions realized in various formats, through which he combines work with spoken text and interests, especially from the areas of ecofeminist thought, mythology and ritual.
He uses provocative gesture, juxtaposing the practice of the paradigm of care with the reality of technocratic dystopia. He also makes sculptural objects and installations referring to nature. He studied acting and drama directing at the Academy of Theater Arts in Kraków, intermedia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, and religious studies at Jagiellonian University.