Teatr Klinika Lalek (Poland)
Teatr Klinika Lalek was founded in 1988 at the Puppetry Department of Wrocław Theatre School. While they were still students the artists produced four performances, including two open-air spectacles and they created their manifesto called Med-Art that was followed up with happenings and expressed a desire to cure the art. In 1991 the company moved to Wolimierz, a small village in Pogórze Izerskie. Since then the company has been a wandering puppet theatre. As the company moved to Wolimierz, the core of the theatre was created and the same artists lead the group today: Joanna Jemiołka Wiktorczyk and Krzysztof Wiktor Wiktorczyk.
In 1991 the members of the theatre started the Foundation to Support Alternative and Ecological Cultures, whose main aim is supporting ecological activities, promoting art, as well as initiating and coordinating ecological actions in the village of Wolimierz. Besides, the Foundation supports Teatr Klinika Lalek.
Since 1993 the theatre company has had its own building – a former railway station “Wolimierz Station”, where with time the artists have transformed dilapidated rooms into a puppet workshop, a gallery, a cafe, guest rooms, space for art and music workshops, and a theatre hall with a technically advanced stage. An old railway platform in front of the building has been transformed into an open-air stage.
Klinika Lalek puts on performances in buildings, produces splendid street parades, huge open-air spectacles, and visual arts actions, organises workshops and performances for children.
In their work the actor and the puppet coexist and together create characters. The visual sphere of the theatre is defined by characteristic huge puppets animated from within (inspired by the puppets of Bread and Puppet Theatre), wooden masks, gigantic moving machine-vehicles (a bicycle and an engine), various installations, flags and fire. The music is always live. The theatre has its own orchestra - Orkiestra Teatru Klinika Lalek and cooperates with Włodzimierz Kiniorski’s band - Kinior Sky Orchestra from Kielce.
In Klinika Lalek the production process is based on a team creation method - the members of the company participate in all the stages of preparing a performance. The theatre performs in streets and squares of different cities, towns and villages across Europe. The artists have visited Finland, France, Spain, Romania, Germany, Austria and other countries. In Wolimierz the company created an art and culture centre that carries out various artistic, cultural and educational projects. In summer months the company organises international art festivals of theatre, visual arts, film and music. On a local level, Klinika Lalek organises regular events connected with the seasons and various holidays.
Date and place of presentation
24 June 10 p.m., Słodowiec Metro Station, Teatr Klinika Lalek "The Circus without Violence"
The Circus without Violence
is a circus without animals, a circus of over-marionettes animated by actors. It is a project in which the elements of theatre and circus art are combined and permeate each other in a surprising way. The artists use the tradition of a circus show, but they introduce something new – an interesting puppet technology that underscores the beauty of puppet theatre. They also eliminate the suffering of animals and in this way they manifest the respect for all living beings. In the roles traditionally played by animals we will see huge puppets – marionettes. Circus artists – tamers, strong men, acrobats and clowns – are played by actors. The protagonists are the enormous puppets – a life size giraffe that is in love with the trainer, a formidable lion that wants to devour the tamer, and the elephant – a master of trombone, who can fly and stand on his trunk! The giraffe will sing about Loving Nature, the Lion will teach us courage, and the Elephant will show us that everything is possible…
The spectacle is for whole families, for all groups of spectators regardless of age.
Concept, script, directing: Wiktor Wiktorczyk
Puppet creators: Zbigniew Roszkowski, Wiktor Wiktorczyk
Music: Antoni Gralak
Premiere – 13 May 2014