Crossing Borders

Pawel Kocambasi:

Paweł Kocambasi was born in Warsaw and grew up in Ludwigsburg, Germany. He studied German and Polish philology at the University of Heidelberg and film directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg.

His films include: the shorts "Schlagzeuger" (1996), "Smierć" (1997), "Stille Nacht" (1998), "Zwei" (1999), Hofer Filmtage and Camerimage; the features "Der Rattenkoenig" (2003), winner of the Caligari Award for the best script, Cologne Conference, nominated for the German Television Award, "Tiger" (2006), Filmfest München, winner of the Biberach Filmfestival 2006, and as an editor: "Fritz Bauer - Death by Instalments" (2010), Panorama Section of the Berlinale 2010.
You are a part of the meaning which is now created!

ATW barely survives Hitler's and Stalin's cruelties. In 1966 the Polish writer and theatre critic emigrates to the USA and explores "Theatre Without Audience": an idea which Brecht had in the 20ies but never applied.

In 1982, Andrzej T. Wirth founds the legendary "ATW - Institute for Applied Theatre Studies" in Giessen, Germany.

A film with/about ATW.

written by ATW
dramaturg Carolin Mader

including the plays "Fatzer"
and "Measures Taken"
by Bertolt Brecht,
directed by Andrzej Wirth
and "Jackson Pollesch" written
and directed by René Pollesch

languages: German, Polish, Ukrainian, English

directed, filmed and edited
by Pawel Kocambasi

produced by Tom Streuber
production company: Knudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur GmbH

supported by DEFA-Stiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Literarisches
Colloquium Berlin, Adam Mickiewicz Institute NYC, Martin E. Segal
Center NYC


"The complex structure of the matrix of this post-post-dramatic docu-drama made everyone feel to be part of the surreal dreamlike landscape of Andrzej’s unique mind. With Pawel as a neurological tour guide, who is showing us the fragments of his archeological discoveries from lost worlds. Fragments, traces, palimpsest, dreams of a dream dreamed by a dreamer, pieces we can use to compose as our “own meaning” in our heads.
The scope is impressive – geographically as well as historically; with footage from Poland, Berlin, Florida, New York. And it establishes Andrzej as a major international Homme de Théâtre, in the tradition of an Isaiah Berlin." Dr. Frank Hentschker, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center".

“Andrzej Wirth has achieved one of the most difficult things:
He created Andrzej Wirth.” Jan Kott

The research took place in Germany and Poland as well as the Ukraine and the USA. The researches with Andrzej T. Wirth have also been filmed and integrated in the shooting of “Theatre Without Audience“. They included places and events like the 30th jubilee of “Angewandte Theaterwissenschaften“ (Applied Theatre Studies) in Gießen, ATW living in Berlin/in Germany, searching for traces of Andrzej's birth house in West-Ukraine that was destroyed as a example for class hatred; the class reunion of “Batory“, the underground academic high school of Warsaw's resistance, Robert Wilson's Watermill Center in the USA, lectures and life in New York and Florida.