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Wałęsa in Kolonos

8 December 2018
  Laznia Nowa Theatre — Main Stage

Directed by:

Bartosz Szydłowski


Jakub Roszkowski


Laznia Nowa Theatre


70 min.


50 / 30

"Wałęsa in Kolonos" directed by Bartosz Szydłowski portrays the tragic stalemate of the Polish people who, entangled in their everlasting controversies, renew the category of fate. It confronts Poles with the future. Szydłowski and Roszkowski place the main hero and us all on the edge of the precipice that Wyspiański described in "The Wedding". This is augured by the scene of Wałęsa’s funeral, portrayed in the costume of a Greek myth. After the death of the main hero, the void opens, irrespective of how loved or hated he was, for what was the most important, after all, was the time in both 1980 and 1989 when at least 10 million Poles and their families believed Wałęsa the hero who brought back freedom and hope.

It is not immaterial either that the performance, making references to the sense of community, is played in the Łaźnia Nowa in Nowa Huta whose strong desire is to renew it. The breakdown of society construed as community is even more terrifying. Again, it reminds one of the chaos-ridden crowd from the first scene. As Athena/Danuta Wałęsowa (Anna Paruszyńska) realises, Poles are not reminiscent of the Greeks, who knew that their heroes were imperfect, and praised them for achieving miracles of courage by combating their imperfection and weakness. Just like Wałęsa. The artists do not whitewash Wałęsa. He is scenically played by Jerzy Stuhr sporting the iconic moustache, in an easily recognised suit with the Blessed Virgin on the lapel. The hero he plays does not hide that he’s had shameful episodes in his biography. The problem of the Poles lies in elevating to monuments people who are hardly even mediocre, whose biography will quite likely fail to survive the test of time, thus at the same time discrediting their true heroes.


Director: Bartosz Szydłowski

Text: Jakub Roszkowski

Sets, costumes, lights: Małgorzata Szydłowska

Music: Dominik Strycharski

Choreography: Tomasz Wesołowski

Multimedia, cameras: Przemysław Fik


Jerzy Stuhr, Szymon Czacki / Mateusz Janicki, Marcin Kalisz, Anna Paruszyńska, Dominik Stroka, Marta Zięba and Wilhelm Fik

Choir: Maria Bareła, Włodzimierz Bareła, Barbara Borkowska, Małgorzata Ciaranek, Monika Ciesielska, Roma Cieśla, Barbara Dziedzic, Stanisław Dziedzic, Julia Goryczko, Beata Hejmo, Diana Kaczor, Iwona Karcz, Magdalena Kostrubiec, Natalia Kowalik, Grażyna Ladra, Julia Marzec, Marta Mirek, Hanna Napora, Paulina Napora, Małgorzata Ordys-Marzec, Agata Ordys, Krzysztof Piła, Katarzyna Syska, Izabela Szalewska, Patrycja Walczykowska, Wiktoria Wilk, Dominika Zając, Nina Zarzycka-Bem and Aleksander Kopański