Notes from Exile
|15 December 2018
16 December 2018
16 December 2018
|The Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre — Main Stage|
Directed by:Magda Umer
Tickets120 / 90
Krystyna Janda, the founder of the Polonia Theatre and Och-Teatr, is famous for selling out the house whenever and whatever she plays. She attracts the audience with a lighter repertoire, including “Shirley Valentine”, “Divine” (“Boska”), and “Maria Callas – Master Class”, as well as a serious reckoning with history and the fate of women in the People’s Republic, that is “Danuta W.”
“Notes from Exile” (“Zapiski z wygnania”), based on the memories of the Polish Jew, Sabina Baral, forced into emigration from the People’s Republic of Poland after the anti-Semitic witch-hunt in March ’68, belongs to the latter.
The brilliant artist opted for modesty paired with a certain ruthlessness of her message. She is accompanied onstage only by the music band of Janusz Bogacki, and separated from the audience by a transparent screen. It is no more than an apparent partition, providing an additional medium for the shocking memories that come from the actor’s lips, portrayed on it together in dramatic close-ups of her face.
The screen also helps to display excerpts from documentary and information movies; to bring back the memory of Poland and Poles from 1968. It is a painful picture, as it comes together with memories of a 20-year-old woman, who gives testimony to the lack of solidarity among Poles, their hostility and meanness combined with resentments and the lust four profit when life got tough for the victims of political witch-hunt.
The history of Sabina seems to have no happy end. In the finale of the play, we watch images captioned “no comments” that reopened the discussion about Polish anti-Semitism.
Director: Magda Umer
Author: Sabina Baral
Adaptation: Krystyna Janda and Magda Umer
Music Editor and Director: Janusz Bogacki
Projections: Radosław Grabski
Translation: Sabine Baral (All rights reserved)
Krystyna Janda, Janusz Bogacki, Tomasz Bogacki (guitar), Mateusz Dobosz/Paweł Pańta (double bass), Bogdan Kulik (percussion), Marek Zebura (violin)