KRZYSZTOF WARLIKOWSKI, born in Szczecin in 1962, has established himself on the cutting edge of contemporary theater. A distinguished director with over 30 productions to his credit, including no fewer than 11 stagings of Shakespeare's plays for both Polish and foreign theatres, Warlikowski has worked with Peter Brook, Ingmar Bergman, Giorgio Strehler, and Krystian Lupa, and has directed throughout Poland, France, Italy, and Germany.
Warlikowski studied history, Romance languages and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. In 1983 he left Poland and spent most of the ensuing years in Paris, where he attended a seminar on Classical theatre at the École Pratique des Hautes Études and studied philosophy and French language and literature at the Sorbonne. In 1989 he returned to Poland to study at the Theatre Academy in Krakow.
He has a versatile body of work - from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, The Winter's Tale, and Hamlet; to Sophocles' Electra and Euripides' The Phoenicians and The Bacchae; to Verdi's Don Carlos. Heis best known for his staging of modern plays, including Franz Kafka's The Trial and Bernard-Marie Koltès' Roberto Zucco and Quai Ouest. His 2002 production of Sarah Kane's Cleansed at the Festival d'Avignon and the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques in Montreal received wide acclaim. Among his most famous productions are also The Dybbuk after S. An-ski and Hanna Krall which was presented at BAM's 2004 Next Wave Festival, and Hanoch Levin's Krum which was presented at BAM in 2007. Both of these productions premiered at TR Warszawa, the theater he collaborated with from 1999 until 2007.In 2007 he returned to the Festival d'Avignon directing Tony Kushner's Angels in America with TR Warszawa. He will soon begin his tenure as Artistic Director of Teatr Nowy (New Theater) in Warsaw.
A separate field of Warlikowski's work involves opera including collaborations with Warsaw's Teatr Wielki (Poland's National Opera) and the Paris National Opera. He will soon direct at the New York City Opera.
He has for years been working with the same group of artists, including set designer Malgorzata Szczesniak and composer Pawel Mykietyn.
Krzysztof Warlikowski is a winner of numerous awards, including "Polityka" Weekly's Passport for 2002 "for not only his achievements of the last season, but above all for restoring belief in the artistic and ethical mission of theatre", Golden Yorick award of the Theatrum Gedanense Foundation for the best Shakespeare production (2003), Konrad Laurels and the Award of the French Theatre Critics' Union, both in 2003 for TR Warszawa's production of Sarah Kane's Cleansed, judged to be the best foreign language production to be presented in France during the 2002/03 season. He was honored by the Theatre Critics' Section of the Polish branch of the International Theatre Institute for popularizing Polish theatrical culture abroad. In 2004 he received the French title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et de Lettres and the Diploma of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland for his distinguished service to Poland abroad. In 2006 he received the prestigious Meyerhold Award in Moscow, and in April 2008, the X Europe Prize "New Theatrical Realities" in Thessaloniki, Greece. In May 2008 New York's Village Voice gave Warlikowski its Obie Award for the direction of Krum by Hanoch Levin, presented by TR Warszawa at BAM's 25th Next Wave Festival.
Krzysztof Warlikowski, the Director, establishes a haunting Chekhovian mood that nicely balances a rueful humor with an emotionally wrenching sadness (...) The play has the feel of a party that has gone too late, with revelers who Gould rather stay than face the next day. - Jason Kinoman, The New York Times
Warlikowski's production rotates brutal, comical, and beautiful scenes with a fluidity only found in Polish theater.
Warlikowski's unhurried but exquisite mastery of time and space. - Tom Sellar, Village Voice
Thunderously allegorical litany of day-in-the-life-such-as-it-is activities, guided by the boldly expressionistic Director Krzysztof Warlikowski - Eric Grody, The New York Sun