The Great Theater
Slawomir Batyra 2016

Saturday Aug 20, 2016
$15 online or at the door
The Old American Can Factory
Roof and Courtyard
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union

8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Performance by The Dance Cartel
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:00PMAfter Party sponsored by Stella Artois
No refunds. In the event of rain this show will be rescheduled. Seating is first come, first served. No outside alcohol is permitted.


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Stella Artois
Tribeca Shortlist
Industry City

Join us for closing night! Tickets are on sale for our awesome courtyard screen. Same size, quality, sound, and image as the roof, just closer to the after-party.

The Great Theater (Slawomir Batyra | Poland | 30 min.)



The Grand Theater in Warsaw is the largest opera theatre in the world. Now, thanks to Slawomir Batyra's careful observations, everybody has a chance to see what happens backstage during rehearsals for Madama Butterfly directed by Mariusz Trelinski. This film journey behind the scenes gives us an opportunity to discover this unknown, remarkable world, which is just as fascinating as what is presented on stage. The film is a visually and theatrically sophisticated symphony of images, sounds and light, which enables a metaphorical understanding of how real Art is created.


A theatre director, documentary film-maker, studied Directing in the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Warsaw. The director of Hunger by Knut Hamsun in the Ateneum Theatre in Warsaw. In Powszechny Theatre, he directed the monodrama Balloon Revolution by Julia Holewińska. The play was performed at many important festivals in Poland, such as the Warsaw Theatre Meetings. Moreover, it was included in the program of Teatr Polska, a project by Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw. Sławomir Batyra collaborated with Juliusz Osterwa Theatre in Gorzów Wielkopolski where he staged the play Babcia, written by Michał Walczak, as well as the monodrama O łuskaniu fasoli, based on Wiesław Myśliwski's writing. Currently, he is working on a documentary film concerning the Polish Polar Station Horsund, in co-operation with the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He also founded the Warsaw Revolutionary Theatre: a communal theatre, inspired by the tradition of workers' theatres of the 1930's.

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