Editorial team

 

Team: Anna R. Burzyńska (Foreign Column), Marcin Kościelniak (Deputy Editor in Chief), Monika Kwaśniewska (Editorial Assistant), Agnieszka Marszałek, Grzegorz Niziołek (Editor in Chief), Joanna Targoń

 

Academic editorial board: Małgorzata Dziewulska, Ewa Guderian-Czaplińska (Adam Mickiewicz University), Michał Kobiałka (University of Minnesota), Leszek Kolankiewicz (Université Paris IV - Sorbonne), Zbigniew Majchrowski (University of Gdańsk), Thomas Sellar (Yale University), Małgorzata Sugiera (Jagiellonian University in Kraków), Tamara Trojanowska (University of Toronto), Joanna Walaszek (Jagiellonian University in Kraków)



Interns: Natalia Brajner, Klaudia Laś, Matylda Sielska, Katarzyna Waligóra

Partners: Mateusz Borowski, Marta Bryś, Katarzyna Fazan, Beata Guczalska, Thomas Irmer, Dorota Jarząbek-Wasyl, Joanna Jopek, Olga Katafiasz, Tadeusz Kornaś, Dariusz Kosiński, Monika Muskała, Katarzyna Osińska, Paweł Schreiber, Joanna Wichowska

 

 

 

The theatre journal Didaskalia was established in December 1993, in Krakow , by a group affiliated with the university. Didaskalia features reviews of Poland 's major theatre premieres; it also follows important events occurring in theatrical centres abroad ( Berlin , Moscow , Paris , Vilnius , Vienna , the Far East, South America ). The most significant events of each theatre season are discussed extensively (including interviews with artists, surveys, reviews, expert commentary). Book reviews feature systematically (list of latest publications, with short summaries, and a comprehensive accounts of selected volumes), as well as commentaries on the more important premieres in televised theatre. However, commentary on current theatrical events is not the journal's only activity. It also regularly publishes editions dedicated to a particular theme or practitioner, translations into Polish, as well as extensive materials concerning various issues related to the theory and practice of theatre.

Up until its 76 th issue, Didaskalia was affiliated with the Jagiellonian University (JU). Since March 2007 it has been published by the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw , in collaboration with the Faculty of Polish Studies at JU. Apart from young authors, who often make their debut in the pages of Didaskalia , the journal includes the work of renowned critics and authors, not only from within theatre circles. Didaskalia also acts as a forum for discussion for creators and directors of theatre, in order to maintain a dialogue between theatre practice and theatre criticism. Among those who have written or granted interviews in Didaskalia are: Ewa Bulhak, Malgorzata Dziewulska, Ewa Miodonska-Brookes, Eugenio Barba, Jan Blonski, Jacek St. Buras, Marta Fik, Aleksander Fiut, Jerzy Jarzebski, Marek Kedzierski, Leszek Kolankiewicz, Jan Kott, Krystian Lupa, Henryk Markiewicz, Tadeusz Nyczek, Zbigniew Osinski and Maria Prussak.

 

The journal engages with theatre performances in several ways: short, concise reviews, a more extensive outline, together with opinions from the audience (column and survey ‘after the premiere'); interviews, which also provide analysis of a given performance. The journal is addressed to a wide audience, so the editors strive for clarity and simplicity of style.

Didaskalia has received numerous favourable reviews in the press. The editorial office also collaborates with many other theatre journals from across Europe ( Theater heute released a special issue devoted to Polish theatre, edited by Didaskalia ; editorial staff articles have been published in the Prague-based journal Disk , the Paris-based Alternatives Théâtrales , the Vilnius-based Kulturos Barai , the Hungarian Shinhaz , and many others). The texts published in Didaskalia are also frequently translated and reprinted elsewhere.

Since numerous texts appear in Didaskalia that were previously unknown in Poland, the journal has become a valuable source for researchers into culture, historians, theatre theoreticians and students – consequently, many quotations have appeared in academic dissertations. It was the first journal to receive permission to reprint the texts of Jerzy Grotowski. Other authors whose published texts have appeared in Didaskalia include: Hannah Arendt, Philip Auslander, Denis Bablet, Georges Banu, Eugenio Barba, Natella Baszyndzagian, Thomas Bernhard, Hermann Broch, John Russell Brown, Marvin Carlson, Sue-Ellen Case, Martin Esslin, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Ludwik Flaszen, Heiner Goebbels, Witold Gombrowicz, Henryk Jurkowski, Tadeusz Kantor, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Wlodzimierz Lengauer, Virginie Magnat, Zeami Motokiyo, Robert Musila, Kazuo Ohno, Thomas Ostermeier, Patrice Pavis and Janelle Reinelt.

 

Throughout its existence, Didaskalia has established a theatre community. A large number of students have made their debut here, later to work as critics in other journals and newspapers. The authors and editors of Didaskalia have also published numerous books on film and theatre. Thanks to a long-standing collaboration with scholars and critics from other countries, we not only have the capacity to cover the most important premieres and other theatrical events at a global level, but also of selecting the most interesting and important non-Polish texts. The position and recognition that the journal has established worldwide enables us to obtain texts by the most renowned authors.

Didaskalia is the theatre journal that is most frequently invited to collaborate with the media on Polish theatre festivals and symposia. Among the events that were run under the auspices of the journal are: the Dialog and Kontakt International Theatre Festivals; the ‘Klasyka Polska' [‘Polish Classic'] Opole Theatre Confrontations; Re-visions of Romanticism; Bazart; the International Festival of the Art of Puppetry; the ‘Kontrapunkt' [‘Counterpoint'] National Festival of Smallscale Theatrical Forms; the Brave Festival – ‘Asian Voices'; the ‘Zdarzenia' [‘Events'] International Festival of Theatre and Visual Arts; the ‘Cracovia Danza' Court Dances Festival; the ‘A part' Festival; the International Days of Young Dramaturgy, in Opole; the conference ‘Tadeusz Kantor a Niemcy i Szwajcaria' [‘Tadeusz Kantor, Germany and Switzerland'] and others.

Didaskalia collaborates with the Jagiellonian University – the majority of the editorial staff are lecturers within the faculty of Theatre Studies. This scholarly knowledge, in combination with the openness and fresh approaches of the reviewers is of immense value. From the 77 th issue onwards, since Didaskalia was first published by the Grotowski Institute, the journal has mantained a closer association with Wroclaw 's academic circle.

 

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