She has created various stage designs for numerously theatrical scenes in Poland and Europe. Since 2008 she’s been working with Wojciech Faruga in the following projects: Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare (2016), The Doll (2015), Queen Margot (2014), The Leper. A melodrama by Mniszkówna (2014), Ashes collecting inside the sun (2014), Polish Bethelem (2013) and All Saints (2012). She’s also worked with Paweł Wodziński (costumes and light design): Thermidor (2015), Iphigenia (2015) The Marriage (2012), Forefathers Eve. Performans. (2011), Słowacki: 5 Plays. A Historical Reconstruction (2010), Krasiński. The Un-Divine Comedy (2008). She has also collaborated with: Remigiusz Brzyk, Łukasz Chotkowski, Bartosz Frąckowiak, Iga Gańczarczyk, Justyna Sobczyk, Nils Torpus, Paweł Szkotak, Paweł Łysak, Kuba Kowalski and others. Since 2007 she has been cooperating with the 21 Theatre.
In 2008, she created the exhibition design for the Theatre During Martial Law exhibition at the Theatre Institute in Warsaw. In 2011, she curated and created the exhibition design and concept for the Polish National Exhibition on the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2011 (together with Ewa Machnio). The exposition was also exhibited in the Polish Center of Scenography in Katowice (2011).
In 2015, she was awarded a Golden Mask prize for the best set design for: Queen Margot.
In her designs, she’s interested in the symbiotic relation between an actor and the designed space. Despite of this, both elements exist separately whereas the actor’s body fills up the space, develops its character and gives it a new meaning. Everything what demonstrates human nature is the main subject of her work, therefore, various forms that exist in the environment are very inspiring for her as they form the natural background of human life. She designs objects such as sculptures and installations. The use of fabrics plays an important role in her artistic activities and is present in almost all her projects. She has experience in doing traditional weaving and ply-split braiding. In 2016, she was a textile artist in residency in Craft Village, New Delhi, India.
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Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Helena Mniszkówna/ Wojciech Faruga/ Paweł Sztarbowski
Joanna Halszka Sokołowska
Projection and Multi-Media Designer
Other Creative Collaborator/s
DRAMATURGY: Paweł Sztarbowski
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND SCENOGRAPHER: Damian Kwiatkowski