The 1st edition of INLANDIMENSIONS Interdisciplinary Arts Festival has been established to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Polish-Japanese diplomatic relations in 2019. INLANDIMENSIONS is being organized in three major Polish cities: Gdansk, Wroclaw and Poznan in cooperation with three major cultural and educational partner institutions: The Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre, The Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan linked by Bridges Foundation. We are looking forward to promote Eurasian culture in order to build bridges and form attachments with various European festivals which might lead to further exchange and cooperation. Our aim is not only to strengthen the relations and further exchange of artistic ideas, but also to investigate ties between different lands of the Eurasian output.
The program of the first edition of the INLANDIMENSIONS Festival, under the motto ‚misemono no fukken’ (restoration of the spectacles), includes not merely theater performances, but also film projections, literary meetings, discussions with creators and researchers of Japanese culture, and finally an exhibition of Japanese avant-garde poster and abstract painting. During the events, we will be hosting honorary guests from Japan and other parts of the world: film and theatre directors, actors, curators of the largest international festivals, researchers and critics from all around the world. One of the special guests will be film director Shiota Akihiko (main film event: Shiota Akihiko film retrospective), prof. Andō Kōhei (Tokyo International Film Festival), prof. Alexander Zahlten (Harvard University), Jasper Sharp (Midnight Eye), Stephan Holl (Rapid Eye Movies) and many others.
The main event of INLANDIMENSIONS will be presentation of the two most important theatrical performances by Terayama Shūji (1935–1983), the leading representative of the 20th century avant-garde Japanese theater, the founder of the alternative group Tenjō Sajiki, strongly influenced by the concept of The Theatre of Death and Cruelty. The theater program was supplemented by a previously realized film retrospective as part of the 19th New Horizons International Film Festival.
A theatre in which there are no actors and a theatre where everyone is an actor, a theatre without a theater building and a theatre where every place is a theatrical space, a theatre without spectators and a theater where everyone plays the role of spectator. The audience will be experiencing all forms of desintegration of theatre space. Contemporary, deeply intertextual Japanese art, via usage of media-crossing, combines its various types and appears as a polyphonic collage of various genres of art.
The idea of INLANDIMENSIONS is far away from rejecting the classics. We rather want to show its transformations and influence on contemporary art, making the viewer aware of the concept of Eurasian theater: the marriage of diverse cultures and various genres within art.
We invite you to create another dimension in this vast intercultural empire that lives inland.
Nikodem Karolak – INLANDIMENSIONS Festival Director