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1989 directed by Katarzyna Szyngiera – first performance on the Warsaw Theatre Meetings

1989 shows the fall of communism from a new perspective. Seen through the eyes of three fascinating couples, the events known from newsreels and history books come to life on stage. In the lives of the Frasyniuk, Wałęsa and the Kuroń families, ideas compete with love, enthusiasm clashes with the burden of history, and heroism intertwines with family tragedies. After the performancesin Warsaw it will be shown during Kontakt Festival in Toruń with English translation.

The viewers will join the heroes not only in the iconic moments of the shipyard strikes and at the Round Table but also in their intimate moments of joy and suffering experienced in the privacy of their communist apartments or prison cells. In terms of form, 1989 bears some resemblance to Hamilton, the revolutionary musical in which Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced rap music to Broadway, offering a fresh language of storytelling appealing to both young and old audiences.

One of the best Polish rap producers – Andrzej Mikosz “Webber”, known for his long-term cooperation with the Polish rapper “Łona”, is in charge of the sound setting of this Krakow musical. 1989 is a co-production of the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakowand the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre.

Directed by Katarzyna Szyngiera

Playscript: Marcin Napiórkowski, Katarzyna Szyngiera, Mirosław Wlekły

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