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Grzegorz Reske new Artistic Director SPRING


He starts the first of June as the successor of Rainer Hofmann

Grzegorz Reske is the new Artistic Director of SPRING. He starts with the performing arts festival in Utrecht from 1 June. Reske (Lublin, 1980) is active in the performing arts as a curator, producer and dramaturg, living and working in Warsaw over the past years. In the course of his career he has been actively involved in various local and international projects with a focus on the development of independent performing arts.

SPRING’s Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce Reske as the successor to Rainer Hofmann, who was with the festival organisation for almost a decade. Reske will be Executive Director alongside Jeltsje In der Rieden, SPRING’s Business Director. From May 20 until 29, SPRING Performing Arts Festival took place as a test event, after two (partially) cancelled festival editions. Reske was introduced on the closing night of the festival, on Saturday 29 May before the start of the show TANZ by Florentina Holzinger.

Tanja Mlaker, Chair of SPRING’s Board of Supervisors on hiring Grzegorz Reske: ‘With the appointment of Reske, a new phase begins for SPRING. The Board of Supervisors is convinced that with his extensive knowledge and network, he will strengthen and deepen SPRING’s position as an international festival that is very much alive and involved. The foundations laid by Rainer Hofmann form a firm basis for the future, while the current times bring with them a host of new questions and challenges.’

Reske is honoured to have been appointed. ‘For years, SPRING has been a benchmark for me in my work as a curator. It is a blueprint for a cutting-edge institution that reimagines what art can do within a society. SPRING is a finely tuned organism born from observing the needs and expectations of audiences, communities, and artists, which leads them into fruitful mutual encounters. I am deeply honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve SPRING as Artistic Director: it is one of the most exciting professional challenges in the contemporary performing arts landscape I can imagine.’

About Grzegorz Reske

Between 2013-2017, Grzegorz Reske and Marta Keil were responsible for a new concept for the Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival in Lublin. During the years of their curatorship, the festival was embedded in year-round educational and research activities to support the development of young artists. The festival’s mentoring role and support with the production and internationalisation of their work has made the festival one of the most acclaimed and influential performing arts events in the region.

In addition, Reske collaborated with Kalisz Theatre Meetings (2015-2017) – implementing a new festival model focused on new forms of stage expressions, advised Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw on international projects and was a programme advisor for the East European Performing Arts Platform – an organisation that supports independent performing arts in Central and Eastern Europe

After five years of curating the Konfrontacje Teatralne, Reske continued his collaboration with Marta Keil as curatorial duo ResKeil, creating a range of joint efforts within the cultural field. Since 2018, together with four other artists, Keil and Reske have been running InSzPer – Performing Arts Institute – aiming to support the development of independent arts in Warsaw, and to help structure the international dimensions of its practices. InSzPer activities include the Moving Borders project in partnership with Spring Festival. Since 2017 Reske has been a Board Member of IETM – the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts in Brussels.

Photo © Marta Keil


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