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Dorota Masłowska’s Inni Ludzie (Other People) is set within the urban spaces of Warsaw, and the tensions between local, national, and global contexts within the post-soviet metropolis and its society seduced by Western culture and its dreams. It tells the story of an affair between Kamil, a 32-year-old “chav,” who dreams of a career as a Hip Hop artist, and Iwona, a representative of the metropolitan middle class, who is going through a marital crisis. All this is a pretext for reflecting on the pop-culture-immersed, rhythmic, poetic, and vulgar language used by the characters created by Masłowska, which prevents them from establishing authentic relationships.
The individual languages of the characters – and their interactions – create a fascinating soundscape, the aura of the big city. Inspired by it, Teatr Barakah’s production explores these languages, asking: are we the ones who use language, or has language taken control of us? Is there a sphere of non-verbal communication and can it be realized and reflected upon in some way? What is creativity in the field of language?
Written by: Dorota Masłowska
Translated by: Stanisław Bończyk
Directed by: Maciej Gorczyński
2020, Teatr Barakah, Poland
Presented at the IOTF 2023 with the support of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies, University of Amsterdam.
INNI LUDZIE CONTAINS MATERIAL FOR ADULT AUDIENCES INCLUDING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, VIOLENT LANGUAGE & GRAPHIC IMAGES. DISCRETION REQUIRED | FOR AGES 16+
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Hosted by Kasia Lech, Executive Director of TheTheatreTimes.com, Associate Professor Global Performance History, the University of Amsterdam
Ewa Bal, Performance Studies Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland
Maciej Gorczyński, Theatre Director, Inni Ludzie (Other People) by Dorota Masłowska, Teatr Barakah, Poland
Tomasz Wiśniewski, Performing Arts Studies Professor at the University of Gdańsk, Poland
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