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“The End of the World of Values” - a discussion around the book by Krystian Lupa and Łuka...

14 December 2017
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The conversations between Maciejewski and Lupa in this volume have been published in a variety of cultural and theatre magazines, including, most notably, “Notatnik Teatralny”, but also in “Film”, “Machina” and other publications. The book also contains materials prepared for theatre programs; reviews; private notes that have never been published before; essays on Lupa’s theatre written by Maciejewski; an analysis of the acting phenomenon of Piotr Skiba; and long conversations with Jan Frycz, Roman Gancarczyk and Anna Polony on Lupa. These texts are illustrated with photos from Lupa’s plays, including many unique photographs and set design sketches from the early years of the director’s career. The whole book is translated into English.

Łukasz Maciejewski writes in the introduction: “I speak to Krystian Lupa about his childhood, the early years of his career, his fascination with Swinarski and his take on art, theatre, cinema and the visual arts as well as social and political life. About Picasso and pop art, Brigitte Bardot and Isabelle Huppert. Bernhard, Musil, Broch, Dostoevsky, Chekhov—the most influential names for Lupa’s theatre come back again and again in our conversations. We also travel together through various cities (Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Kraków, Łódź, Jelania Góra, Wrocław, Warsaw, Vienna, Moscow, Paris). We discuss acting, transgressions in the arts, nudity. This book is the fruit of many years of intense exchanges of thoughts, insights and doubts”.