The crux of “Płyń” lies where a concert, play and music video merge into a single show boasting an open model, while artists representing different fields establish explosive mixture of temperaments, personalities and artistic forms.
The show is to open with two premiere events on 26 and 27 February 2017 at the cult Stodoła Club.
The musical compositions and lyrics from “J.P. Śliwa”, the third solo album by Piotr Rogucki, serve as the cornerstone for the project directed by Roma Gąsiorowska, Pia Partum and Wojtek Urbański.
As a scenic endeavor with live music, “Płyń” combines a variety of art fields, for instance theatre, music, video-art, collage, film and performance, simultaneously intertwining video materials with dramaturgic resonance and content typical for social media. This unique project assembled artists of various fields, making them its full-fledged creators and granting them creative freedom without boundaries. Based on musical compositions and lyrics from Piotr Rogucki’s “J.P. Śliwa”, the show marks the debut production of the W-arte! Open Art Space, an artistic and educational project of Roma Gąsiorowska.
Establishing an open dialogue with the audience over the changing role of an artist in the contemporary world and the commentary on topical issues acknowledged by media serve as the message of “Płyń”. The protagonist, Jan Paweł Śliwa, considers himself destined for greatness. Unsuccessful in his attempts to find recognition among public, he pursues his vocation, intent on expressing himself through arts. Eventually, a terrorist act proves to be his idea of a magnum opus and a hallmark of a frustrated underdog.
The creators of “Płyń” aim at exploring the theme of value systems in the world of deteriorating ideals, faith and humanity: what is of a true importance?
– Along with Piotr Rogucki, we intend to unveil the model of an authoritarian artist, director or stage manager. All of our collaborators put their own original ideas into practice, as I offered them creative freedom. We are looking at an artistic combination, where even video-art format has its purpose, finding Agata Kulesza as the director of the mother’s monologues. There are also music videos shot by Michał Bojara, his take on condition of a contemporary artist in the Internet age, interwoven with trashy videos, quintessential to the internet setting. We deemed the result a concert/show/music video, as the project defies simple concert aesthetics classification, neither is it a mere staging – Gąsiorowska concludes.
Directed by: Roma Gąsiorowska, Pia Partum, Wojtek Urbański.
Cast: Tomasz Schuchardt, Piotr Rogucki, Matylda Damięcka, Irena Melcer oraz Agata Kulesza na wideo art, a także zespół muzyków.
Script and lyrics: Piotr Rogucki.
Set design: Roma Gąsiorowska, Michał Bojara, Tomasz Sierotko.
Costume design: Flora Kamusińska, Roma Gąsiorowska, Paulina Ptasznik.
Stage lighting: Tomasz Sierotko.