by Slawomir Batyra
2016 | HD | 30 min.
italian subtitles by EMM
Date sunday 9 july
The Grand Theater in Warsaw is the largest opera theatre in the world. Now, thanks to Slawomir Batyra's careful observations, everybody has a chance to see what happens backstage during rehearsals for Madama Butterfly directed by Mariusz Trelinski. This film journey behind the scenes gives us an opportunity to discover this unknown, remarkable world, which is just as fascinating as what is presented on stage. The film is a visually and theatrically sophisticated symphony of images, sounds and light, which enables a metaphorical understanding of how real Art is created.
A theatre director, documentary film-maker, studied Directing in the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Warsaw. The director of Hunger by Knut Hamsun in the Ateneum Theatre in Warsaw. In Powszechny Theatre, he directed the monodrama Balloon Revolution by Julia Holewińska. The play was performed at many important festivals in Poland, such as the Warsaw Theatre Meetings. Moreover, it was included in the program of Teatr Polska, a project by Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw. Sławomir Batyra collaborated with Juliusz Osterwa Theatre in Gorzów Wielkopolski where he staged the play Babcia, written by Michał Walczak, as well as the monodrama O łuskaniu fasoli, based on Wiesław Myśliwski's writing. Currently, he is working on a documentary film concerning the Polish Polar Station Horsund, in co-operation with the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He also founded the Warsaw Revolutionary Theatre: a communal theatre, inspired by the tradition of workers' theatres of the 1930's.