WHITE POWER, BLACK MEMORY. Director Piotr Ratajczak

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Сountries: Poland
City: Белосток
Place: The Aleksander Węgierko Drama Theater
Address: ul. Elektryczna 12
Date of premiere 16 april 2016

Piotr Ratajczak’s play is loosely inspired by a book by Marcin Kącki. In a collection of provocative articles, the author looks closely at Białystok, a city where numerous cultures and communities have clashed in the past. Poles, Ukrainians, Jews, Tartars and Bielorussians all lived there side by side. Kącki makes a point of depicting the region’s wide and varied social panorama: he talks to local politicians, church representatives, average people living in apartment blocks and even neo-fascists. For this multi-voiced landscape, characterized by anti-Semitism and hatred of anything unfamiliar, Ratajczak creates a theatrical form full of farcical gimmicks and sudden role-changing. Definitely not your typical light entertainment—in fact it leads to uncomfortable questions, avoids easy answers, and stirs up a hornet’s nest in the capital of Podlachia, with its dark and twisted history.

“Seven actors masterfully embody a variety of characters, including a prosecutor, a well-respected professor, a sports fan about to face a theatrical challenge, the wife of a man of color and a gay man who finds the Nazi who’s targeting him very attractive. The director leads his cast through humorous, terrifying stories, taking the audience on a wild, performative ride through a land filled with racial prejudice, broken promises and remorse, but also hope and faith that multicultural dialogue and understanding might, against all odds, still be achieved.”

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