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The play draws on biographies and stories of Polish refugees in Iran after World War II. Interviews with people who fled Siberia to the Middle East were collected in the Oral History Archives by Dom Spotkań z Historią, a Polish cultural institution. Delving into those archives, Artur Pałyga used them to pen a script which later inspired Polish and Iranian artists to engage in a joint project.
The first stage of the venture was completed at the end of 2016 in Teheran and at the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw. This year, the project is continued by a group of artists from Poland and Iran, including Iranians based in Warsaw.
Set against the images of everyday life in contemporary Iran, the stories told by Poles become a pretext for exploring such topics as the confluence of two cultures, traditional hospitality, but also the present-day oppression by the state and religion.
Script: Artur Pałyga
Director: Alicja Borkowska
Video: Maria Porzyc
Music: Ray Dickaty
Starring: Michał Dudziński, Ahoo Kazemi, Dorota Papis, Reza Sadr, Farid Torabpour, Łukasz Wójcicki
Production: Weronika Chinowska
Produced as a co-production of Strefa WolnoSłowa, Dom Spotkań z Historią and Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw, the play won the jury prize at the Festival of Previews in Bydgoszcz for its “unpretentious dialogue on Polishness, its myths and condition, conducted with respect for the past and present”.
The performance was produced in the range of the project Stół Powszechny – a place of creative meetings co-financed from the funds of the City of Warsaw.
Produced with the substantial support of the DSH and in cooperation with the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw.
With special thanks to the Polish Embassy in Iran, and in particular to Radek Sadowski who helped organise the Trip.
16 December 2017.
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