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TVP 2 THE SHOEMAKERS
by I. Witkacy
Odyssey Theatre, LA
1988
Director: Kazimierz Braun
Role: Dutchess

“The Shoemakers” written in 1934 by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz the creator of the theory of "pure form" in art, theater, and poetry. One of the most brilliant figures of the European avant-garde, he was an early spokesman for a radically non-realistic theatre. Beata Pozniak in this grotesque parody stars as the sexual Dutchess.

“Sex and politics are intertwined themes in “The Shoemakers”, and Witkiewicz reveals how sexual and political frustrations and aggressions are inseparably interrelated”. - Daniel Gerould, Doctor of Witkacology. The Discoverer of Witkacy for America

“Stunning…this thoroughly intelligent production is full of daring, stylization and accomplishment… if sexual obsession, politics, art and comedy peak your interest, there is someone who work you should know…” - Herald Examiner

“Theatre is like poetry. I opt for a theatre of Pure Form. The performance should be a mere reflection of life. It should be an artistic structure composed of words, sounds, movements, colors, actions. Theatre performance must be autonomous, must be fantastic and dream-like. The necessary condition for creation in the theatre is complete freedom. The performance’s whole meaning would be defined purely in terms of its internal construction…” - S.I. Witkiewicz