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Directed by MJ Coldiron & Yana Sistovari
Produced in Poland by Staniewski/Gardzienice
26th to 29th September 2013, Poland.
Opening Festival for the European Centre of Theatre Practices at Gardzienice –founder and director, Wlodzimierz Staniewski.
A highlight of the opening of the new theatre complex at Gardzienice, http://www.gardzienice.org was the international symposium, ‘Mantic Perspectives: Oracles, Prophecies and Performance’ curated by Yana Sistovari and Krzysztof Bielawski. Participating in this event were Polish theatrologists and scholars and from the UK, Oliver Taplin from Oxford University, Zachary Dunbar, the British film and theatre director, Fiona Macintosh, director of Oxford's Archive on Greek Performance and Roman Drama, as well as Edith Hall, the outstanding scholar of Ancient Theatre and Classics (see programme)
26th to 29th September 2013, Poland.
Exhibition of Theatre Costumes by Farrah at Gardzienice from the permanent Thiasos-Sistovari collection’
photos by Sao Mourato
About the Exhibition:
The costume exhibition is representative of the collaboration between Abd’ElKader Farrah and Yana Sistovari in the research and design of ancient Greek theatre performances.

Born in Algeria, Farrah (1926-2005), was a self-taught painter who eventually became one of the leading designers of the 20th century. He famously designed the 1960 Oedipus Rex Oratorio directed by Michel St Denis, with music by Igor Stravinsky and libretto by Jean Cocteau. He then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company as resident associate designer for 30 years. Farrah worked on over 250 plays, operas and ballets around the world. At the end of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st, together with theatre director Yana Sistovari (formerly Zarifi), he concentrated on ancient Greek productions, designing Aristophanes’ Ploutos (Exeter 1999) and Peace (Texas 2000), Euripides Bacchae (London 2003), and Aeschylus’ Persians (Oxford 2006) which he did not live to complete. The Persians’ costumes shown in the exhibition are by Nina Ayres.

Displayed also are masks by M.J. Coldiron, the East Asian theatre specialist and costumes by Christina Papageorgiou who designed the ‘Balinese’ Hippolytos (Cambridge 1998) –the performance which inaugurated the foundation of Thiasos Theatre Company.

The exhibition visually explores the trajectory from conceptualization, research, to costume construction.


Recently published,
my contribution to the following OUP volume: