Malta Festival Poznań 2012: we start soon, on 3 July!

Only three weeks remain to the new Malta Festival Poznań which will last from 3 to 7 July. As always, we have prepared a varied and interesting programme featuring plays, performance art, concerts, dance shows and films. We are also happy to invite our audience members to meetings with artists and discussion panels.

For the past three years the main part of the programme has been arranged around a central theme, the Idiom which provides a point of reference for the artistic projects presented. In this year’s Idiom entitled Akcje Azjatyckie / Asian Investments we ask about the clichés/media images which build the way we think about Asia. We question the emotions, concerns and hopes we “invest” in our own mental pictures of the continent. The Idiom Curator, Berlin-based Swiss director and conceptual artist Stefan Kaegi decided that rather than bringing Asian art to Poznań and presenting it as something exotic it would be more interesting to find out what is Asian in Poznań. The Idiom will include shows both by European artists like Rimini Protokoll, Ant Hampton, Dries Verhoeven, Wojtek Ziemilski, Ex Nixilo and Dirk Fleischmann, as well as artists from the Near and Far East, for instance Omer Krieger, Rabih Mroué and Lina Saneh or Living Dance Studio. The idiom is also the focus of the film programme, the first day of the open discussion forum and the outdoor musical marathon at Lake Malta, i.e. the concert entitled Between Asia and Europe. Roma Music.

Listen to Stefan Kaegi talking about the Asia he found in Poznań (link to interview).

Another important Festival theme pertains to the works of J. M. Coetzee. Malta Festival Poznań, in collaboration with the Grand Theatre Poznań and with the financial assistance of the Government of the Wielkopolska Region, has prepared the world première of Slow Man the opera composed by Flemish composer Nicholas Lens and directed by Maja Kleczewska. The libretto for the opera was written by none other than J. M. Coetzee based on his novel of the same title. The author will be a guest at the Festival and will take part in a meeting for audience members with the opera creators (the meeting will take place on the second forum day). We will also see a theatre adaptation of the novel Disgrace directed by Kornél Mundruczó (Hungary).

Aficionados of Lech Raczak’s works will enjoy the opportunity to see as many as four of his plays: the so-called “revolutionary trilogy” comprising Dziady, Marat/Sade and Czas terroru staged by Teatr im. Modrzejewskiej w Legnicy, as well as the première outdoor performance of Gry z czasem. We will also present some of the most interesting plays by several theatres from Poznań and Wielkopolska.

Last but not least, be prepared for a powerful dose of excellent music. This year’s star is the legendary California band Faith No More and their charismatic singer Mike Patton. Their concert is part of POZnań for the Earth series of events. You can also enjoy the free-admission nightly concerts at the Festival Club featuring DJ Kentaro, the underground band Anli Pollicino from Tokyo, Bass Clef and Emika from the UK and Slagsmålsklubben from Sweden, as well as Kari Amirian, Ballady i Romanse and Justyna Szafran i Sztylety (this time in the rock/psychedelic context of Krzysztof “Wiki” Nowikow’s music) from Poland.

You will find a detailed programme and descriptions of the events on our website www.malta-festival.pl.

See you at Malta Festival Pozań!