THE RETURNS OF ODYSSEUS (Powroty Odysa)
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'This is a theatre, and not a private flat! This is a private flat but also a theatre!'. Words uttered in the second half of the spectacle 'On. Drugi powrót Odysa' (He. The Second Return of Odysseus) focus on three important themes of the last production staged by Jerzy Grzegorzewski: turning the boundary between the private and the 'political' in art into a problem, indicating the meta-theatrical dimension of the spectacle and, finally, referring to a concrete experience and historical moment. In June 1944 Tadeusz Kantor showed 'Powrót Odysa' (The Return of Odysseus) in a private flat in 3 Grabowskiego Street in Cracow at the time of the German occupation. The presented sketch is an attempt at following Kantor's traces in the Jerzy Grzegorzewski staging and at discovering an answer to several questions: what links 'Powrót Odysa' from 2005 with the version from 1944? What is the significance of the drama and Wyspianski? Finally - probably the most important question of all - why did Kantor act as the patron of such a difficult and bold declaration, intent on settling accounts?
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