Theatrical performance at the Powszechny Theater about a Lodz girl who was not afraid of Hitler | Happen or occur

The character of 1936 Olympic medalist Maria Kwasniewska was the inspiration for the authors of the play “Maria”, which will be shown on Saturday at the Powszechny Theater in لودód at the finals of the 28th International Festival of Exhilarating and Unpleasant Arts.

“In the Powszechny Theater, we often refer to ód themes, and show important ód themes and characters. This time we are inspired by the story of Maria Koanevska – a citizen of ód, an extraordinary woman, an athlete, an Olympic medalist, a beautiful man” – affirmed Ewa Bilawska, Director of the Powszechny Theater In ód and Artistic Director of the 28th International Festival of Fun and Unpleasant Arts.

Maria Kwasniewska (1913-2007) is an athlete, fourteen-time Polish champion, incl. In the long jump, weightlifting and pentathlon, Polish representative in volleyball and basketball. In 1936, at the Olympic Games in Berlin, she won a bronze medal in javelin throwing. It was during this event that a photo was taken, which after a few years played a huge role in the life of the athlete and others. As Adam Orzechowski recalls, thanks to photography with Adolf Hitler, Kwaśniewska was able to save hundreds of people imprisoned in camps during World War II.

The plot of the film revolves around a photo taken after the decoration on the catwalk, when Hitler invited the medalists to his chest. “I congratulate little Poland and wish the world championship,” he said. On the other hand, Kwasniewska would answer him in German, “I don’t feel younger than you,” which caused an outburst of laughter and panic at the same time. German newspapers later commented on the matter, saying that Hitler congratulated “Little Poland”.

During the occupation, Kwaśniewska was active in the resistance movement. Her apartment in Podkowa Leśna became an open house for homeless and starving Poles and Jews. Among the people Kwasniewska has helped are many celebrities, including. Stanisław Dygat or Ewa Szelburg-Zarembina. After the war and after her career ended, she became active in the Polish and international Olympic movement.

“We were thinking of a story that would allow us to build a universal story about the good – Maria Koinevska appeared during our conversations with director Adam Orzechowski and playwright Radoslaw Pachocha. She amazed us because she was an infinitely kind and sympathetic person. Altruism. The outbreak of the war in Genoa found her. Although she managed to survive in the West, she returned to Poland in 1939. Having experienced war and communism, she never lost her faith, never doubted that you need to love people and help them unconditionally ”- added Pilawska.

According to the show’s producers, “Maria” will not be a laureate or a monument to Kwasniewska. Rather, their intention was to create an image of a man with all the intricacies of his personality and his “ordinary” everyday life. As a specific motto for the performance, they quote a sports phrase from one of her recent interviews: “First of all, I love people. People are not perfect, they can be bad, so what? Someone needs our help? We should only live our own affairs, make money, And jobs and do not worry about human poverty, human misfortunes?

“In the show we wonder what the Kwaśniewska, as the embodiment of goodness and devotion to moral principles, gives us today. The good is not so amazing, the theater of the will of rejected, weak and forgotten people and pathological phenomena. The situation contrasts with the egocentric world,” she believes.

The premiere of “Maria” will take place on Saturday at the Small Theater of the Powszechny Theater in ód as part of the 28th International Festival of Joyful and Unpleasant Arts – an event co-financed by the Lodz City Office and co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The following technical presentations are scheduled for May 15, 17, 18 and 19. (PAP)

Author: Agnieszka Grzelak-Michałowska

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