MEMORY OF THE WARSAW UPRISING
directed by Wieslaw Gorski
Friday, August 13, 2004 - Saturday, August 14, 2004
Friday, Aug. 13 at 8 PM
Saturday, Aug. 14 at 4 PM & 8 PM
The Point CDC
940 Garrison Ave, Bronx, NY
Tickets: $10, $5 students and seniors, Tel: 718.542.4139
Poland meets the South Bronx in this story of the Warsaw uprising in August 1944: a story about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
The Point in the South Bronx welcomes Polish theater director Wieslaw Gorski for his fourth residency at the POINT. Partnering with theater artists that have all worked with him before, Ben Anderson, Caridad de la Luz (la Bruja), Marlyn Matias, Flaco Navaja, and Angel Rodriguez, they have made a collage, combining scenes from the play with their own works interspersed. The play, on the surface, is about different place and time from ours. The collaboration dissolves geographical and cultural differences into a statement about the communality of the struggle for freedom, which at its best and worst is common to all. After being caught in the city during the Germans' vindictive last bombing of Warsaw in 1944, just before the city's liberation. a group of civilians are running for life in the besieged city. Bombs, fire, falling walls and hunger imperil almost the whole population, which has gone underground. Among them is a boy of 18 who, 20 years later, will decide to write about his experiences. Miron Bialoszewski is already a renowned poet and playwright: the voice of ordinary people, of ordinary life and the city of Warsaw. This is a narrative of survival, a narrative of memory. 60 years after the event and 40 years after Bialoszewski's Memoir this story speaks still and loudly to the truth that the innocent are the true victims of war.
This month is the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. The dead are being mourned in Poland and their bravery celebrated internationally. Previously Gorski and The POINT collaborated on Alfred Jarry's Ubu the Slave, exploring the tyranny of slavery from the points of view of American slavery and Polish Communism. After Gorski worked with the POINT's troupe in workshops, American director Steven Sapp developed the performance with this cast. Meanwhile Gorski staged an independent interpretation with Polish actors. The two casts met for collaged performances in Poland in 1997 and in the South Bronx and Manhattan in 1998.
In 2001, shortly after 9/11, Gorski directed a performance of Family Stories by Biljana Srbljanovic at The POINT. The play is about war-torn Belgrade, where young actors perform as children, revealing the horrors of war, political oppression and domestic violence through a childhood game.
"As before with the UBU Project and Family Stories, I again would bring the American audience the story from my side of the ocean, and I believe that, as it was with the previous stories, this one will also meet with understanding and sympathy and will universalize into a story of all of us: a story about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances." - Wieslaw Gorski
Join the POINT and this unlikely but proven collaboration, in a work that through memory speaks to our present so clearly.
This work is funded primarily by ArtsLink Independent Projects, a program of CEC Artslink
THE POINT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION is a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx through the arts. The POINT works with its neighbors to celebrate the life and art of the community - an area traditionally defined solely in terms of its poverty, crime rate, poor schools, and sub-standard housing. The area's residents, their talents and aspirations, are its greatest assets. The POINT's mission is to encourage the arts, local enterprise, responsible ecology, and self-investment in the Hunts Point community.
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