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Polityka - Poland | Monday, October 30, 2006

Contemporary Polish theatre

Aneta Kyziol explains why plays about the communist era are seldom shown in Poland. "Older directors don't want to look back while younger ones prefer universal authors or to readapt the works of their contemporaries... Following the collapse of communism in 1989, Polish theatre did a crash course in contemporary western theatre." Kyziol quotes theatre critic Jan Majcherek: "After communism there was a strong urge, increased by Western influence, to give a 1:1 perspective of reality – a kind of naturalism. There was a move away from metaphor and form. Directors concentrated on portraying events on the stage... I think that artists as well as audiences will soon start to look for meaning again – works that are more discreet, subtle and poetic than what we see on stage today."

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