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„I Wanted To Be” to inaugurate the 63rd edition of Theatrical Meetings in Kalisz

On 6 May Powszechny Theatre in Łódź will inaugurate the 63rd edition of Kaliskie Spotkania Teatralne (Theatrical Meetings in Kalisz). We will present „I Wanted To Be” directed by Michał Siegoczyński. It is an honour for Łódź, for our theatre and for Polish Comedy Centre where Ewa Pilawska has created a laboratory of the aesthetics of Polish modern comedy.

- We like to visit Theatrical Meetings in Kalisz; Powszechny Theatre in Łódź has been present there since its first edition when we showed two spectacles directed by Roman Sykała, with the participation of Michał Szewczyk, Leon Niemczyk and Aleksander Fogiel. It is our pleasure to inaugurate this year’s edition of the festival with our production „I Wanted To Be” – Ewa Pilawska, director of Powszechny Theatre, says. - Theatrical Meetings in Kalisz has been the oldest theatrical festival in Poland, an important event for the theatre and for the actors and it has been highly appreciated by the community. It has been the only festival devoted entirely to the art of acting – Pilawska adds.

At the festival there will be spectacles directed by Maja Kleczewska, Anna Smolar, Piotr Cieplak and Małgorzata Bogajewska. Powszechny Theatre from Łódź will be present in Kalisz alongside with The Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre in Cracow, Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, The Stefan Jaracz Ateneum Theatre in Warsaw and The Stanisław Wyspiański Śląski Theatre in Katowice. We will present our famous production „I Wanted To Be” which has been awarded many times; it was chosen by the viewers to be the Best Spectacle of 2021 in Plastry Kultury Plebiscite, and Mariusz Ostrowski, for his role of Krzysztof Krawczyk, was awarded as the Best Actor of the 27th International Festival of Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant. „I Wanted To Be” was presented as an introduction to the Divine Comedy (Boska Komedia) Festival in Cracow and in February it was chosen by the audience as the best spectacle of the 16th Comedy Carnival in Katowice.

- In „I Wanted To Be” Michał Siegoczyński and other creators succeeded in showing the story of Krzysztof Krawczyk with all its baggage of experience, scars and joys, successes and disasters. Krawczyk is at the same time a star and a usual man of flesh and blood who sometimes makes mistakes. The spectacle recaptures may important events of the history of Polish pop music, it has a very interesting and unevident stage structure. They all make the spectacle so well received – Pilawska emphasizes.

Last months have seen Powszechny Theatre’s tour of Polish and European stages. „Imagine” by Krystian Lupa (co-production of Powszechny Theatre in Łódź and Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw) was presented in Spain, Belgium and Italy as well as at important Polish theatrical festivals (Divine Comedy, Kontakt, Interpretations).