Akademia Ruchu

Operating at the juncture of theater, performance, film and fine arts, Akademia Ruchu (the Academy of Movement), has been the sounding board of Poland’s political life since its establishment in 1973 in Warsaw. Founded by Wojciech Krukowski, the collective’s artistic director, and consisting of artists Janusz Bałdyga, Jolanta Krukowska, Cezary Marczak, Jan Pieniążek, Zbigniew Olkiewicz, Jarosław Żwirblis, and Krzysztof Żwirblis, for almost forty years Akademia Ruchu have engaged in insightful reflection on communist and post-communist Poland.

Akademia Ruchu represents Poland’s first creative practice aside from folk culture that exists outside of institutional frameworks in non-artistic spaces—in the streets, private homes and industrial locations. From the very beginning of its existence, Akademia Ruchu has been known as the “theater of behavior” and has presented hundreds of happenings, anonymous interventions in the public realm, theater performances, and political actions, in which the spectators become a part of the work. Akademia Ruchu invented a form of a multimedia artistic practice that had not existed in Poland previously, at the same time, unknowingly inaugurating a new tradition in the contemporary Polish theater, both conceptual and socially grounded.

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Date & Time
  • Thu. Nov 7, 1:00 pm
Akademia Ruchu presents a visual retrospective of their work since 1974 through a range of images and films.
Free with RSVP
  • Wed. Nov 6, 7:00 pm
Poland's groundbreaking collective create contemporary versions of their seminal political happenings.
  • Fri. Nov 8, 12:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 9, 12:00 pm
Seminal Polish collective Akademia Ruchu (the Academy of Movement) creates a new, participatory performance specially conceived for Times Square.