The Four Shades of Theatre project aims to expand and strengthen the cultural offer of the KTO Theatre, which will move into its new home in 2021. The new building opens up a wide range of possibilities for creating a modern cultural space, corresponding to contemporary European trends in cultural activity in the area of performing arts and arts education.

Within the Four Shades of Theatre project we will prepare four intertwining cycles oscillating around various theatrical forms and touching on topics related to the condition and problems of the contemporary world:

  • Theatre of the roots – folklore, ethnotheatre
  • Theatre without words – integration with people with disabilities
  • Performance – body and ecology
  • Open theatre – new technologies, new media

The project will be inaugurated by an open-air performance at Krakow’s Bohaterów Getta Square (new media theme) created and directed by Jerzy Zoń.

As part of the project, we will realise and present performances form Poland and abroad, oscillating around four leading theatre forms and accompanying artistic workshops.

In partnership with the Norwegian institution Newschool, we will create innovative workshop syllabuses based on the methodology of informal education founded on the idea of „edutainment” – learning through entertainment. We want to combine the skills of instructors, who have the necessary knowledge to convey content, with the ideas and tools used by Newschool educators. During seminars, the Newschool educators and our instructors will prepare detailed workshop outlines.

Within the project, we will also attempt to take the workshops outside the KTO Theatre’s space. The KTO Theatre is known as Theatre on the Road – we will carry out activities outside of the city of Krakow, presenting theatre performances and workshops referring to the theatre of the roots and theatre without words in areas with limited access to the cultural offer. We endeavour to bring cultural diversity and offer joint activities to their inhabitants of those areas.

The project will expand the educational and artistic offer of the KTO Theatre, supporting the revitalisation of the Podgórze district and increasing the cultural potential of Krakow and other areas included in the project.

Newschool combines over 30 years experience working at the intersection between education, research and business to focus on their main passion – to bring innovation into education.

Newschool’s mission is to empower educators and organisations to build future-ready teams and design value-oriented learning processes that inspire creative, innovative and transformative education for everyone.

Projects implemented by the Newschool include:

  • DTIPS is an Erasmus+ Project, in partnership with several partners across Europe, including Teach the Future (Netherlands), Knowledge Economy Forum (Lithuania), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain) and Strategic Design Scenarios (Belgium)
  • ChangeMakers funded by Erasmus+ is a project whose main goal was to create an innovative computer learning game for Design Thinking Education of children (6 -10 yo), that can be easily implemented in formal, non-formal and informal education settings
  • Teach for Romania recruits the most valuable young Romanians, trains them as inspirational teachers and supports them to become leaders in education. Newschool supports pro-bono the planning and strategy work for the training and development of the teachers
23 April
8 pm

Poor Poles Look at the Ghetto

Script & direction: Jerzy Zoń
Bohaterów Getta Square

The dates of other events within the project will be announced soon. Due to the pandemic, event dates are subject to change.

The Four Shades of Theatre project benefits from the funding by EEA Grants.

The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway in creating a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

The Grants have two goals: to contribute to a more equal Europe, both socially and economically, and to strengthen the relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and 15 EU beneficiary countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.
The three Donor States work closely with the EU under the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement. Between 1994 and 2014, the Donors have contributed €3.3 billion in successive grant programmes. During the 2014-2021 funding period, the EEA Grants amount to €1.5 billion.

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