Groteska - Theatre of Dolls, Masks, and Actors
Groteska Theatre in Kraków is one of the oldest and most renowned puppetries in Poland. It was established in 1945 by outstanding artists: Zofia and Władysław Jarema – directors, stage managers, pioneers of modern puppetry and visual theatre in post-war Poland.
The theatre cooperates with a number of excellent directors, stage designers and composers from Poland and abroad. Groteska enjoys large interest and great attendance. The theatre stages around 450 plays a year, which are attended by nearly 100 thousand viewers. It is also frequently awarded prizes at theatrical festivals.
Scena Of Groteska, which belongs to the theatre, features artists from cabarets and various other stages. Each year in February the theatre organises a very popular spectacle called Reality Shopka Szoł, featuring well-known politicians, and each June it organises an extremely spectacular outdoor performance addressed to a wide audience of around 60 thousand viewers, involving a dragon parade. The theatre is involved in a broad educational activity for the benefit of children, young learners and teachers (including numerous workshops and competitions) and happily participates in a series of theatrical events organised in the city. Groteska also organises international projects: theme festivals and seminars which are to present puppetry in a broader cultural context. One of the most successful ventures was the 1st Shadow Festival (May 2009). Currently, in cooperation with Sezony Teatralne association, preparations are being made for a festival called Dedications. Materia Prima. International Festival of the Form Theatre (November 2010), which will feature world-famous visual theatres.
Thanks to its versatile activity, Groteska Puppet, Mask and Actor Theatre fully deserves the title of a modern theatrical centre.
Translation: Summa Linguae