The Politics of Participation | Siwiak | Polish Theatre Journal

ISSN 2451-2966


Agata Siwiak

The Politics of Participation


The curator tells the story of the start of the Wielopolska: Revolution, revealing that the idea came as an act of opposition to the following: political theatre understood solely as transmission of certain contents, regardless of their audience and potential for social inclusion; the fact that the artists representing the trend for socially engaged theatre ignore those they claim to speak for; superficially democratizing practices trapped in the circles of a well-educated metropolitan middle class; monopolization of Polish theatre by a single mode of production that restricts the scope of aesthetic and cultural interventions. Siwiak goes on to summarize the experience and results of the project.


engaged theatre; inclusion; participation

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Agata Siwiak

(1974), PhD, theatre curator and producer. Graduated in cultural studies and cultural institution management from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. In 2008 and 2009 joint director (with Grzegorz Niziołek) of the Łódź of Four Cultures Festival. Curator of the Trickster 2011 project – the performance programme of the prestigious European Cultural Congress in Wrocław. Teaches a specialisation for theatre curators at the Department of Theatre, Drama a­nd Performances of the Adam Mickiewicz University. In 2012-2014, she was invited by the Wielkopolska Regional Government to curate the 'Wielkopolska: Revolutions' programme.