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Carnival is underway, and with it the masked balls. This is the perfect moment to learn about the history of masks, their meanings and various forms. We will go one step further during the workshop in the Wyspiański Pavilion and will not just talk about masks – we can also make them. All this will happen under the watchful eye of Łukasz Błażejewski, the author of sets and costumes to more than 90 theatre performances in all parts of Poland. The workshop in Kraków Story will take place on 12 February and the registration for it will start at 11.00 am on 6 February. The workshop is brought to you by Aga Kozak, the Lifestyle section curator in Kraków Story.
Another Sunday Story workshop this year will be a perfect time to celebrate the carnival. We will meet in the Wyspiański Pavilion on 12 February to learn about the fascinating history of masks and to make them too. The carnival is about joy and colour, which is why our designs will be inspired by the folklore of Krakow traditional costumes and the works of Zofia Stryjeńska who was born in Krakow and became an important artist not just for our region but also for Poland.
We will create individual carnival masks with the help of a performer, scenographer and theatre costume designer Łukasz Błażejewski. Both in Stryjeńska’s work and in the Krakow folk costumes, colour and its contrasting and dynamic combinations were crucial and characteristic. This is why we will learn the basic information about colours and how to combine colours consciously. During the workshop in Krakow Story we will learn different techniques for creating masks, using, among other things, scraps of material left over from the production of theatre costumes at the Teatr Nowy Proxima in Krakow. Each design will receive individual attention and support from our facilitator.
The face is the most important part of the human body in communication. It reveals a lot of information about us at first contact. This is why whoever puts on a mask becomes someone else. A mask can create the sense of anonymity, erase age, change sex, conceal origin and it used to reduce the distance resulting from social conventions and divisions at masked balls. The history of masked balls in Europe was turbulent and the fashion for them came from Venice.
The workshop will take place in Kraków Story in the Wyspiański Pavilion at 2, All Saints’ Square at 11.00 am on 12 February. Admission is free and the registration by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) will start at 11.00 am on 6 February. All the events in Kraków Story are brought to you by the city of Kraków and Kraków5020.
Łukasz Błażejewski aka Prince Negatif – a scenographer and theatre costume designer, performer and painter. He graduated from the Interior Design Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, doctoral studies in scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and post-graduate studies in Creative Coding at the SWPS University in Warsaw. He was on internships in the Institut d’Arts Visuels in Orlean and in the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He is the author of sets and costumes to more than 90 theatre performances in all parts of Poland. He designed exhibitions in museums and galleries. He co-founded Teatr Nowy Proxima in Krakow where he serves as Creative Director. For years, he has been active as a performer under the pseudonym of Prince Negatif.
Kraków Story is a place of meetings with the local culture and a concept store in the Wyspiański Pavilion. As of December 2022, local creators, artists, designers and authors will be presenting their works in the Wyspiański Pavilion. Not only regional cuisine, crafts, fashion, art, handicraft, literature and music but also numerous workshops and meetings with interesting personalities await visiting residents and tourists. It is here, in the centre of Krakow, that you will be able to get the entire information about the city and discover the people who make up contemporary Krakow. Kraków Story is open every day from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm. You can come and watch, listen, read and take a part of Krakow home. The city of Kraków and Kraków5020 invite you to Krakow Story.