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Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski (m)
Writer in Residence

Herkunftsland: Polen
KKA-Residency: 2019
Webseite: http://www.zralek.blogspot.com

Lebenslauf:
Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski, born on 4th of March 1982 in Warsaw, Poland, is an artist and curator active in the fields of theatre, music and everything in-between. Award winning dramaturge, script author, director and composer working in Poland (Studio Theatre in Warsaw, Wybrzeze Theatre in Gdansk, Nowy Theatre in Poznan among others) and Germany (Gorki Theater in Berlin). Author of critically acclaimed radio plays and audio art pieces. Music curator (music programme for the 7th Berlin Biennale, Lodz of 4 Cultures Festival, Brave New World Cultural Centre in Warsaw). Krytyka Polityczna (Polish left-wing magazine, publishing house and NGO) team member.

EDUCATION:
Pedagogics, University of Warsaw
Philosophy, University of Warsaw

PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
2016-2017 Teatr Studio in Warsaw, position: dramaturge
2012-2013 Łódź of 4 Cultures Festival, position: deputy artistic director
2009-2011 radio show about Polish experimental and avant-guard music in RadioJAZZ.FM
2009-2012 Brave New World (Nowy Wspaniały Świat) Culture Centre in Warsaw, position: curator and manager
2005-now Krytyka Polityczna (Polish left-wing magazine, publishing house and NGO), position: team member

ARTISTIC CAREER:
2018
Marcin Lenarczyk, Marta Malikowska, Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski: Ferdydurke. A radio play / audio art piece based on the Witold Gombrowicz’s novel
(director, script author and music co-author)

Opera dla Głuchych (Opera for the Deaf). A contemporary opera produced in cooperation with a deaf people’s theatre group
(script/libretto author, director)

My Private Apocalypse
A play and a concert about right wing movements in Europe directed by Krzysztof Minkowski
(script coauthor, dramaturge)

Devils. Stage adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel directed by Natalia Korczakowska
(composer), Studio Theatre in Warsaw

2017
Fabryka Sensów Osobistych (Personal Meanings Factory). A radio play about the closed car factory in Warsaw and its former employees
(script author, director), FSO Factory in Warsaw

Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski, Marcin Lenarczyk: Marsz, marsz! (March, march!). A radio play / audio art piece based on field recordings from the nationalistic parade in Warsaw
(script author, director, field recordings), Bôłt Records

Powolne ciemnienie malowideł (Slow Darkening of Paintings). A performative reading of Jerzy Grzegorzewski’s script directed by Michał Borczuch
(music adaptation, sound design), Studio Theatre in Warsaw

Urodziny Konstytucji RP (Polish Constitution birthday party). A performative reading of the Polish Constitution with an audio installation (Constitution read in the two most widely used foreign languages in Poland: Ukrainian and Vietnamese)
(director, sound design), place: Studio Theatre in Warsaw

Berlin Alexanderplatz. Stage adaptation of Alfred Döblin novel directed by Natalia Korczakowska
(dramaturge, music adaptation), Studio Theatre in Warsaw

2016
Taśmy Gdańskie (The Gdańsk Tapes). A play about my grandfather who was a province governor in Gdańsk Voivodeship after the second world war and about the first period of communism in Poland.
(script author, director), Miniatura Theatre in Gdańsk

Die zwei Monddiebe. A play about radical right-wing shift in Polish politics and Polish society directed by Krzysztof Minkowski
(dramaturge, script coauthor, sound designer), Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin

Zrałek, Zabrocki, Lenarczyk: Jutro będzie słońce (Tomorrow There Will be Sun). A radio play about Jack Kuroń, a legend of the anti-communist opposition in Poland and the godfather of the contemporary Polish left.
(script author, director), Publisher: Krytyka Polityczna

2015
CBAPKA / Swarka. A play about Polish-Ukrainian relations directed by Katarzyna Szyngiera
(composer), Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz

Przedwiośnie (Early Spring). A play based on a classic Polish novel by Stefan Żeromski about social protests directed by Natalia Korczakowska
(dramaturge, adaptation coauthor), Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk

Lenarczyk, Masecki, Zrałek-Kossakowski: Fortepian Chopina (The Chopin’s Grand Piano). A radio play / audio art piece about myths surrounding the Chopin’s biography and about myths in general
(script author, director), Publisher: Bôłt Records

2014
Obwód głowy (Circumference of a Head). A play about the tragic biographies of children from the nazi Lebensborn programme directed by Zbigniew Brzoza
(script coauthor, dramaturge, music and sound adaptation), Nowy Theatre in Poznań

Michał Libera, Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski: Golgota Picnic and Golgota vs Picnic. Two versions of an audio art piece based on field recordings of right wing protests against the Rodrigo Garcia’s controversial „Golgota Picnic” play
(director, field recordings), Publisher: Bôłt Records

Candelaria Saenz Valiente, Marcin Masecki: Hymnen. CD with experimental versions of Anthems of countries in crisis
(idea, production, edition), Publisher: Bôłt Records

Mżawka Górna (Mizzle Rock). A performative reading with elements of audio installation based Salka Guðmundsdóttir’s text
(director, sound design), Miniatura Theatre in Gdańsk

Hamlet. The William Shakespeare’s classic directed by Krzysztof Minkowski
(dramaturge, music adaptation), Ludowy Theatre in Cracow

2011
Sprawa Operacyjnego Rozpoznania (The Case of an Operating Diagnosis). A play about the Gdansk based activities of a left-wing fraction of Solidarność movement in communistic Poland directed by Zbigniew Brzoza
(script coauthor, dramaturge), Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk

Austria. A performative reading with elements of audio installation based Cecilie Løveid’s text
(director, sound designer), Krytyka Polityczna Cultural Centre in Gdańsk

Nowy Don Kichot (New Don Quixote). A play compiled of fragments of Aleksander Fredro works
(script coauthor, dramaturge), Horzyca Theatre in Toruń

2009
Trzy siostry (Three Sisters). The Anton Chekhov’s classic directed by Krzysztof Minkowski
(dramaturge), Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra

Intryga i miłość (Intrigue and Love). The Friedrich Schiller’s classic directed by Katarzyna Raduszyńska
(dramaturge), Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra

2007
Śmierć Człowieka-Wiewiórki (The Death of the Squirrel-Man). A play about Rote Armee Fraktion directed by Natalia Korczakowska
(dramaturge), Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra

AWARDS, MENTIONS:

Fortepian Chopina
- Album of the Year according to Ewa Szczecinska, music critic from Polish Radio Programme 2 (2015)
- Albums of the Year list according to Bartek Chaciński, music critic from “Polityka” weekly magazine (2015)

Przedwiośnie
- Award for Natalia Korczakowska and Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski for the adaptation of Stefan Żeromski’s Przedwiośnie, „A Living Classic” - Polish Classic Literature Staging Contest, 2015 (Polish: Nagroda dla Natalii Korczakowskiej i Wojtka Zrałka-Kossakowskiego za adaptację Przedwiośnia Stefana Żeromskiego, Konkurs na Inscenizację Dawnych Dzieł Literatury Polskiej "Klasyka Żywa”)

Obwód głowy
- Kontrapunkt Festival’s Zygmunt Duczyński Award for Artistic Individuality and Jurnalists Award to Zbigniew Brzoza and Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski for the „Obwód głowy” script, 2015. (Polish: Nagroda im. Zygmunta Duczyńskiego dla Indywidualności Artystycznej Festiwalu Kontrapunkt i nagroda dziennikarzy za scenariusz dla Zbigniewa Brzozy i Wojtka Zrałka-Kossakowskiego);
- Award for Original Contemporary Polish Script to Zbigniew Brzoza and Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski on „Two Theatres” - Polish Radio and Polish Television Theatre Festival, 2016 (Polish: Nagroda za oryginalny współczesny polski tekst dramatyczny dla Zbigniewa Brzozy i Wojtka Zrałka-Kossakowskiego na Festiwalu Teatru Polskiego Radia i Teatru Telewizji Polskiej „Dwa Teatry”)
- Krzysztof Zalewski Honorary Award to Zbigniew Brzoza and Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski for creation against stereotypes on „Two Theatres” Festival, 2016 (Polish: Nagroda Honorowa im. Krzysztofa Zaleskiego za twórczość odrzucającą stereotypy na festiwalu „Dwa Teatry”)
- A script qualified for finale of the 21st National Contemporary Polish Plays Staging Contest (Polish: Ogólnopolski Konkurs na Wystawienie Polskiej Sztuki Współczesnej).

Sprawa operacyjnego rozpoznania
- Theater Award of the Pomeranian Province Marshal to Zbigniew Brzoza and Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski for the idea and the script of „Sprawa Operacyjnego Rozpoznania” play, 2011 (Polish: Nagroda Teatralna Marszałka Województwa Pomorskiego za rok 2011 dla Zbigniewa Brzozy i Wojtka Zrałka-Kossakowskiego za ideę i scenariusz przedstawienia „Sprawa Operacyjnego Rozpoznania”)
- A script qualified for finale of the 18th National Contemporary Polish Plays Staging Contest (Polish: Ogólnopolski Konkurs na Wystawienie Polskiej Sztuki Współczesnej).

FESTIVALS:
- Theatrerszene Europa (2017, Cologne)
- Warszawskie Spotkania Teatralne (2016 and 2009, Warsaw)
- Teatralny POP-UP (2016, Cracow)
- Kontrapunkt (2015, Szczecin)
- R@port (2015, Gdynia)
- Rzeczywistość Przedstawiona (2015, Zabrze)
- Telewizyjny Festiwal Teatrów Polski (2015, Warsaw)
- Dwa Teatry (2015, Sopot)
- Bliscy Nieznajomi (2012, Poznań)
- Wałbrzyskie Fanaberie Teatralne (2011, Wałbrzych)
- Solidarity of Arts (2011, Gdańsk),
- Genius Loci (2008, Cracow)

CURATORIAL CAREER:
Do usłyszenia na Placu Defilad (Hear You on the Parade Square).
Audio Art and Radio Plays Festival
Selection of Polish and foreign contemporary radio plays and audio art pieces. I created the festival and curated two of its editions in 2016 and 2017.

Festiwal Łódź 4 Kultur (Łódź of 4 Cultures Festival)
Apart from being the deputy artistic director for the 2013 edition I also curated the music programme for the festival

Music programme for the 7th Berlin Biennale
I created and curated the MUSICATION music programme for the 7th Berlin Biennale curated by Artur Żmijewski in 2012.

Pozycje klasyczne (Classic positions)
An all-summer long (2010) series of 9 concerts of so called „classical” music. 8 unorthodox performances of an unorthodox (and unknown) repertoire of Medieval, Baroque, Classicism, Impressionism, dodecaphony, mid-twentieth century and the most contemporary music.

Wolne niedziele (Free Sundays)
From 2009 to 2012 in Nowy Wspaniały Świat (Brave New World) Culture Centre I organised and curated a series of more than 130 weekly experimental and avant-garde music concerts. The most interesting musicians playing in the most interesting (and most personal and demanding) fashion - solo.

Apart from that I have been organising and curating concerts in Berlin, Cieszyn, Gdańsk, Kiev, Łódź, Szydłowiec, Warsaw, Wrocław.

OTHER:
Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship holder, 2018.
Publicist for „Krytyka Polityczna”, „Gazeta Wyborcza” (main Polish daily newspaper), „Glissando” (Polish magazine about contemporary music) and others.
Translator or cotranslator into Polish:
- Terre Thaemlitz interview for Gender. Krytyka Polityczna’s Reader (Wydawnictwo Krytyki Politycznej, 2014)
- Terre Thaemlitz’s Soulnessless project (Comatonse Recordings, 2012)
- Anthony Giddens’ Living in a Post-Traditional Society (Krytyka Polityczna nr 9/10, 2005)
- Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture (Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne, 2005)



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Languages: Polish, English, French
 


 


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