Institute of Performative Arts
adapted and directed by: Weronika Szczawińska
Trafostacja Sztuki + online transmission
Po prostu is an low-key concert for two actors, based on a drama by Piotr Wawer, Sr., and directed by Weronika Szczawińska. The starting point for the text, transforming the documentary formula in an original way, are autobiographical experiences. The author goes back to the 1980s and the events of his wife’s death. The story, triggered by a fatal medical error, concerns not only personal experiences, but becomes a moving record of institutional abandonment, the ethical collapse of medical structures and social sensitivity. These issues, despite the passage of years, sound disturbingly up-to-date, and the author’s voice surprises with bitter sense of humour. The performance based on the drama exposes not only the plot, but it turns into a story about memory and its mechanisms, about how we build the narrative of our lives, and how we “create ourselves” in the story – this time on our own terms. Extremely autobiographical content becomes the foundation for empathetic understanding with the audience, private and public matters intersect, and the documentary story is confronted with innovative and minimalist theatre means.
text: Piotr Wawer, Sr.
directed and adaptated by: Weronika Szczawińska
concept: Weronika Szczawińska, Łukasz Stawarczyk, Piotr Wawer, Sr.
costumes and space: Marta Szypulska
performers: Łukasz Stawarczyk, Piotr Wawer, Sr.
voice recording: Piotr Wawer, Jr.
producer: Katarzyna Koślacz
production: Institute of Performative Arts