The 2021 Lion Awards For Theatre goes to Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski

The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement goes to Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski. The Silver Lion goes to English poet, author and performer Kae Tempest.

Post-Communist theatre

The Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski, an emblematic figure in post-Communist theatre who has left his mark in international theatre with the memorable visions he has created, is the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre 2021.
The Silver Lion has been awarded to Kae Tempest, English poet, author of plays and narrative, rapper and performer of powerful readings to full houses.

The Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia approved the recommendations submitted by ricci/forte (Gianni Forte and Stefano Ricci), the Directors of the Theatre Department.

The awards ceremony will take place during the 49th International Theatre Festival:

Krzysztof Warlikowski Saturday 3 July, Ca’ Giustinian at 12 noon; followed by a conversation with Krzysztof Warlikowski;
Kae Tempest Friday 9 July, Ca’ Giustinian at 2 pm; followed by a conversation with Kae Tempest.

Krzysztof Warlikowski 

“For over twenty years, Krzysztof Warlikowski – the motivation for the award reads – has been the advocate for a profound renewal of the European language of theatre. Relying on references from cinema and an original use of video, inventing new forms of theatre that aim to re-establish the bond between the play and the audience, Warlikowski encourages the latter to rip away the paper backdrop of their lives and to discover what is really hidden underneath”.

His theatre productions

Invited to present his theatre productions at the major festivals around the globe, from Europe to the Americas, and to direct lyric operas in the most important opera houses, from Paris to London and Salzburg, Krzysztof Warlikowski is “a free artist – write ricci/forte – who opens poetic breaches to cast a ray of raw light on the other side of the coin; who breaks through the crust of things to touch consciences; who descends into the viscera of pain and ironically questions the ambiguities of both History with a capital “h” and those of our individual existence, offering us a vision of society threatened by radical change and increasingly under siege by a tentacular ruling class of ravenous predators, highlighting the violence in social and family relations and the urgent need that the emotion of a pure and simple desire to love can give us”.

Where and When

THEATRE – 14 JUNE 2021


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