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WSD2017|Antony and Cleopatra
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

Antony and Cleopatra

Selected Category: Performance Design

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

Design Statement

The form of the work was inspired by my fascination with various structures manifested in the natural environment especially in landscapes. I was inspired by solidified landscape structures and their sharp and rich shapes, which have been formed for thousands of years. Uplifts, undulations, faults and cascades create a certain type of a rhythm of crusted earth which attests to strong primeval tectonic movements that shape the nature. The landscape, which is frozen in form and time, brings to mind strong emotional agitations. The sculpture floor (set design) symbolizes the landscape after a battle, and a crusted print of former passions of the unharnessed element (the war). Nothing can survive on this infertile earth- Shakespeare’s play portrays as many as seven suicides of the main characters. Finding a balance between the set, costumes and the light design as well as developing the idea of a moderate and monochromatic world of colours and emblems formed the main visual concept (of this work of art).

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 Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Lodz, Poland

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-01-09

The Premiere Space of Production Big Stage

Author William Shakespeare

Director/ Choreographer Wojciech Faruga

Set Designer Agata Skwarczyńska

Lighting Designer Agata Skwarczyńska

Costume Designer Agata Skwarczyńska

Sound Designer Joanna Halszka Sokołowska

Other Creative Collaborator/s Dramaturgy: Tomasz Jękot
Scenic choreography: Damian Kwiatkowski