Jarosław Fret

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Jarosław Fret - founder and leader of Teatr ZAR, theatre director and actor; director of the Grotowski Institute; lecturer of the Ludwik Solski State Theatre School, Filia in Wrocław, President of the Board of Curators of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 and Curator of its Theatre Programme. In 1999–2002 he carried out a series of expeditions to Georgia, Armenia and Iran, conducting research into the oldest forms of religious music of Eastern Christianity. In the following years together with members of Teatr ZAR he organized expeditions to Athos mountain in Greece, Sardinia, Corsica, Armenia, Turkey, Izrael. Director of five performances of the theatre which have been seen in Los Angeles, Florence, San Francisco, Chicago, Sybin, Athens, Edinburgh, Madrid, Belgrade, Paris, London, Cairo, Seoul, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bangalure, Pekin, New Delhi and many other places around the world. In November 2013 he completed the work on Armine, Sister performance, for which he elaborated original musical dramaturgy and special stage architecture. In 2016 his newest piece "Medeas. On Getting Across" has premiered during Theatre Olympics in Wrocław. He lectures and leads work sessions in Poland and internationally. Awards and honors: in 2009 Teatr ZAR was named Best New Music Theater by Los Angeles Times; winner of a 2010 Wrocław Theatre Prize for the Gospels of Childhood. The Triptych. Originator and coordinator of numerous Polish and international projects within the Grotowski Institute, including Theatre Olympics Wrocław 2016, the UNESCO-declared Grotowski Year 2009, the Masters in Residence programme and the International Theatre Festival “The World as A Place of Truth”. His efforts led to the opening, in 2010, of Na Grobli Studio, a new location of the Grotowski Institute.

Jarosław Fret (phot. Magdalena Mądra)