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WSD2017|The Leper. A Melodrama
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Agata Skwarczyńska

The Leper. A Melodrama

Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design, Set Design, Costume Design, Space Design, Lighting Design

Design Statement

Various forms that exist in the environment are very inspiring for me as they form the natural background of human life. I have been always fascinated by a Romantic vision of the nature as a wild, uncontrollable and sensitive creature. These violent emotional states may also be traced in the landscape formation. In almost all of my projects, a recurrent theme of space responding to a situation with its own emotions and psyche can be traced. The space moves violently, rises up, fluctuates and vibrates - it appears as a dangerous and uncontrollable force similar to an element. A gigantic mirror (diameter 8 m) placed above the scene plays the same role. It moves unexpectedly and descends dangerously close to the actors almost crashing them like a history crashes singular life. A disturbing effect is intensified by a specially designed pattern of the floor based on optical illusions. In the final scene the floor cracks up and rises up - a complicated mechanism of hydraulic engine used.

Agata Skwarczyńska

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.

Email Address: carmelle.carmelle@gmail.com

Theatre Company Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz, Poland

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-05-07

The Premiere Space of Production Big Stage

Author Helena Mniszkówna/ Wojciech Faruga/ Paweł Sztarbowski

Director/ Choreographer Wojciech Faruga

Set Designer Agata Skwarczyńska

Lighting Designer Agata Skwarczyńska

Costume Designer Agata Skwarczyńska

Sound Designer Joanna Halszka Sokołowska

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Wojciech Faruga

Other Creative Collaborator/s DRAMATURGY: Paweł Sztarbowski