April 16th, 2013 – 4.00 and 9.00 p.m. | The Polski Theatre
Wojtek Ziemilski about “Small Narrative”:
The premiere of “Small Narrative” took place three years ago. I thought that after some time my performance would be no longer perceived in Poland at the political and historical plane; that the issue of the Institute of National Memory and difficult relationship with the past associated with this institution would not be discussed so widely; that the other layers of the performance – questions about memory, identity, and body, about the place for subjective relations in the world that demands objectivity – would become visible. However, it seems that in Poland it is very difficult to get rid of those stories. When the performance is presented abroad the audience would ponder on the relation between a human and a state, between identity and language; in Poland discussions would quickly shift toward files of the secret police and categorical judgements concerning deeds of the past.
Is that bad? It certainly makes it difficult to withdraw oneself from the fight for the right, for the one and ultimate truth that will liberate us (and will, perhaps, eliminate our opponents). It makes it difficult to find something outside of the political discussion.
Yet at the same time it shows how committed the Polish audience is. Spectators are touched by “Small Narrative”, they discusses about it, come to their own conclusions. And it’s a great satisfaction for the author.
script, director – Wojtek Ziemilski
stage design consultation – Katarzyna Jarnuszkiewicz
performer: Wojtek Ziemilski
photo: Krzysztof Bieliński