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Original Encounters


Making My Mark

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Original Encounters


Making My Mark

 

ORIGINAL Encounters

Drawing upon my own practice of practicing practice, I have facilitated and created a number of original performative encounters dealing with the ways in which we form knowledge through memory and the impact of mastery and expertise on the creative process. These encounters represent an artistic shift away from more traditional theatrical practices and towards a wider range of interdisciplinary performance practices.

 

How do I Know when I kNow that I knOw what I knoW that I KNow when I knOW how I KNOW when I ...

researched and facilitated by John Kurzynowski 

I encounter a practice and it encounters me. How do I develop my own knowing-how to execute this established practice based on my limited knowing-what the practice is or requires?


We Are Sad People Remembering Sad Stories in a Sad Memory Box

created and performed by John Kurzynowski

I am remembering. I am remembering a sad memory. A memory that is playing out in a sad memory box that I’ve constructed to contain my past self. Can I step outside of that box to view my remembered self?


Do You Remember the time we did that play?

conceived and performed by John Kurzynowski

created and performed with Nathaniel Basch-Gould

Interdisciplinary performance artists Nathaniel and John reconsolidate history as they unsuccessfully attempt to remember a shared event from their theatrical past.


Untitled Expertise project

conceived and facilitated by John Kurzynowski in development

Do mastery and expertise exist? This project aims to interrogate the dynamic relationship between master and apprentice while questioning the role of the expert in contemporary artistic practices.

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Devised Works


The Company You Keep

Devised Works


The Company You Keep

 

Devised WORKS

Utilising my own unique investigative practice concerning the intuitive manipulation of the remembered past in the observable present, I've conceived and directed a number of devised works of postdramatic theatre. Each of these works was originally created with and presented by Theater Reconstruction Ensemble. Additional material for each piece was contributed by the collaborating artists.

 

CC: FANNY!

conceived and staged by John Kurzynowski 

A theatrical investigation into and meditation on the artistic practice of copying inspired by Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer-winning novel The Magnificent Ambersons and Orson Welles' infamous film adaptation.


HOW TO HAMLET

conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski

Four "audience members" are unwittingly tasked with staging Hamlet. But can they withstand the historical weight of the most well known play in the English language?


Rhinbecca, ny

conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski

At the intersection of suspense and the absurd lies Rhinbecca, NY – loosely inspired by the greatest works of playwright Eugene Ionesco and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.


Salesmen

conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski

Eight "salesmen" are tasked with creating their own unique form of theatrical storytelling by examining and challenging their forefathers' greatest works of kitchen-sink realism.

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Dramatic Collaborations


The Play’s The Thing

Dramatic Collaborations


The Play’s The Thing

 

dramatic COLLABORATIONS

I've been fortunate enough to conceive and direct a number of original works in collaboration with emerging playwrights interested in a more holistic approach to theatre and performance making. Each of these works is the product of a generous process of creative collaboration, resulting in unusually crafted performance texts written over lengthy developmental periods.

 

YOU ON THE MOORS NOW

written by Jaclyn Backhaus

conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski

A sprawling theatrical examination and celebration of four well-known literary heroines of the 19th-century and their shocking rejection of the men who so ardently loved them.


SET IN THE LIVING ROOm of a small town american play

written by Jaclyn Backhaus

conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski

A critical dissection of the American "real" that attempts to rebuild the most iconic theatrical style of the past century by immersing its performers in an entirely original play from the 1950's.


The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!

written by Jaclyn Backhaus

conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski

Subtext and samovars run Russianly rampant in this twenty-four actor, seventy-five minute Chekhovian mash-up of The Seagull and Three Sisters that explores their intersecting themes.


This Program Takes Place at the Intersection of the Frozen Food and Dairy Aisles of Your Local Grocery Store

created by John Kurzynowski and Alexander Kveton – in development

Part theatrical deconstruction, part melodramatic fever dream – this original "audio play" draws inspiration from genre-bending and nostalgic television serials.