(A)pollonia at the Google Cultural Institute
(A)pollonia is one of the first theatrical performances available in its entirety at the Google Cultural Institute. The recording also features behind-the-scenes footage of preparations for the performance.
This is not the first collaborative project by the NInA and Google: the GCI platform is already hosting our music collection Penderecki Reloaded.
Since its inception, the National Audiovisual Institute’s mission has been to archive and share Poland’s audiovisual heritage with a broad audience. I’m very pleased that today, on the 250th anniversary of public theater in Poland, thanks to the Google Cultural Institute, we can share one of the most important plays to appear on Polish stages in recent years with fans of the performing arts from all over the world
– says Michał Merczyński, director of the National Audiovisual Institute.
The international co-production had two premieres: one in Warsaw in 2009 and another at Festival d’Avignon in 2008. The recording (co-production of NInA and Polish Public Television) was done in 2014. It’s a performance which asks us, the Europeans, the essential question about the meaning of sacrifice in the context of our religious traditions, historical and social experience. (A)pollonia recalls the meaning of the words of Schiller "theater as a moral institution". The innovative form of the representation of Warlikowski is accorded to the essencial mission of theater, whereby to transform us, to re-form from the beginning. In (A)pollonia, Warlikowski juxtaposes various texts, traditions and genres: an ancient tragedy with a documentary, a myth with virtual reality, a novel with a rock concert, a fairy tale with a television programme, a short story with a film, the history of an ancient family and the ill fate dogging it – with the trauma of the Holocaust still present in people’s minds. For this reason attracts many people outside the random group of theater-viewers. As the AV documentation (A)pollonia was already seen by more than 100,000 people. Through online medias and platforms we share it again with new spectators.
The new virtual exhibition of NInA at Google Cultural Institute will be focused on the full length presentation of audiovisual recording of (A)pollonia with supporting materials providing broader context of the specificity of Warklikowski's artistic practice.
About Google Cultural Institute – Performing Arts
The online release of (A)pollonia is a part of the Google Cultural Institute’s Performing Arts project, which will allow internet users to tour the most important sites on the cultural map of the world. The project features over sixty leading arts scenes from twenty countries, along with over 150 interactive collections comprising a combined 8,000 photographs, videos and other documents. Performing Arts will include, among many other productions, a 360° recording of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle; gigapixel photographs of Marc Chagall’s Ceiling for the Paris Opera; and the building of the Teatro Real in Madrid.
The Google Cultural Institute provides the technology to help communities transfer their cultural treasures, archives, places of national heritage and other historical material online. The purpose of this global platform is to increase the range and quantity of cultural content available to all internet users, leading to the democratization of access to the arts and preserving them for future generations. The Google Cultural Institute now works with over 850 partners in sixty countries and contains over six million artifacts. Visitors to the Google Cultural Institute site can view exhibitions from seventeen partners in Poland.