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AXIS MUNDI

Axis Mundi Theatre played an active role in the international theatre scene from 2005 – 2010, staging new plays in Polish and English in Krakow, Berlin and London. This website is an archive of the group's activities.

Most recent production:

SQUATTERS

Written and directed by Joshua Crone
Dramaturg: Lydia Ziemke
With Leah Harounoff and Alexander Hulme

Check back soon for upcoming performance dates.

World premiere September 28, 8:00 pm at The Studio, English Theatre Berlin, additional performances Sept. 29, 30.

UK premiere at London's Southwark Playhouse October 4, 7:30 pm, additional performances Oct. 5, 6 at 7:30 pm, Oct. 7, 8 at 9:00 pm, Oct. 9 mantinee at 3:00 pm

After a few drinks in a downtown bar, he takes her home to his squat - an abandoned flat in a high-rise overlooking Ground Zero. Is this a one-night stand, or have they met before? International theatre company Axis Mundi takes a darkly comic look at two victims/perpetrators of the mass hysteria that swept America and the world in the wake of the September 11th attacks, with asides on the geopolitical ramifications of bad sex, the art of tactical bed-making and the occult significance of sharing a hairbrush.

 

London flyer (click to enlarge)

 

Past productions:

Godhead
An ethnodrama in three parts

Written and directed by Joshua Crone
Polish translation Marta Orczykowska
Painting Marcin Kołpanowicz
Sculpture Edyta Zwolińska
Poster and flyer Jarek Supła

With Dorota Bochenek, Krzysztof Bochenek, Grzegorz Juras, Marcin Kalisz, Piotr Piecha, Krystian Wojtarowicz, Rafał Zawierucha, Agnieszka Zieleziecka.

Premiered November 20 at Scena pod Ratuszem, Rynek Glowny 1 (Krakow's main square).
Additional performances Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm
Dec. 11, 12. at 8:00 pm

All performances in Polish.

Set in the California desert town of Darwin, Godhead follows the birth, youth and institutionalization of Dion, a self-proclaimed incarnation of Dionysus. The cycle draws heavily on the mythology of Euripides' Bacchae, and finds its stylistic precedent in the American Western surrealism of Sam Shepard and John Steppling.

At the trilogy's heart lies a radical reinterpretation of the Dionysian myth, and an implicit challenge to the classical definition of tragedy. By presenting the divine conception of Dionysus as a story of deception, incest, and vengeance, the traditional deus ex machina is made redundant; no god is needed to set the infernal machine in motion; the cycle of madness is driven by what is darkest, least rational in man. And so tragedy, no longer the province of gods reaching into the works and tinkering with men's fates, nor of playwrights stage-managing the audience's hearts, becomes again a hymn to man's blind urge to destruction. The dithyramb reconnects with the oldest, most universal ritual, in which men carved masks after their own worst faces, and joined in a frenzied dance meant to frighten away the beast within.

And in their midst, Dionysus, conceived of lust and born of fear, stands as a scapegoat that attracts as violently as he repels, that bruises his fists on the glass ceiling of the Human Divine, that offers himself as a sacrifice, by whose blood our bestial nature is, for a while, appeased.

 


 

 

 

Four playwrights, one Passion...
FOUR VIEWS OF GOLGOTHA

Holy Week serves as a pretext for playwrights from L.A., Vancouver, New York, and Krzeszowice to present radically diverse views on contemporary spirituality and human nature....[more]


Beata Schimscheiner and Kamil Rzońca in Pieta
phot. Edyta Zwolińska

 

Theatrical trailer for Squatters:
 

Photos (click to enlarge)
Harounoff and Alexander Hulme

 



Dorota Bochenek and Grzegorz Juras
phot. Adrian Spuła


Piotr Piecha and Krzysztof Bochenek
phot. Edyta Zwolińska


Agnieszka Zieleziecka and Katarzyna Nowak
phot. Adrian Spuła


Rafał Zawierucha and Marcin Kalisz

phot. Adrian Spuła


Katarzyna Nowak (
phot. Adrian Spuła)


Rafał Zawierucha, Marcin Kalisz and Krystian Wojtarowicz (
phot. Adrian Spuła)