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With its complex history and fascinating present, Poland has proven a fruitful ground for theatre makers. In fact, some of the world’s most influential and revolutionary artists of the Occidental stage came from Poland. Let us introduce you to milestone figures of (Polish) 20th century theatre

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Plac Zbawiciela / Saviour Square, photo: Grzegorz Czaplicki

Forget the Old Town and the National Museum. Here are directions to the hotspots of counter-culture where you will encounter the laid-back yet edgy lifestyle and the rich underground scene that make Warsaw the ultimate hipster destination.

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The African Tales by Shakespeare, photo by Magda HueckelThe director's Nowy Teatr production takes top honors in the Inferno competition at Kraków's annual theatre festival, with Krystian Lupa declared Best Director.

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Warlikowski's contemporary reading of the Medea myth and of Cherubini’s opera seeks realism, rewriting spoken dialogues that forms part of the opera-comique form and delivering a new Medea, both magnified and distorted. In Medea and Jason, a "demonic" couple par excellence, violence and beauty create a drama where original carnal drives are convened.

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The idea for promoting Poland in the east was inspired by the common ground between the experience of Poles and Koreans under the threat of communism in the 19th century. The determination to maintain the cultural heritage of a nation is a strong link that emphasises both the ethic and diplomatic significance of the project, according to the Director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Paweł Potoroczyn.

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As major musical acts like Bjork, Wiz Khalifa and The Mars Volta rock out on the five main stages at this year's Heineken Open'er, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw showcases some of the most important artists on the Polish scene while world-class theatre director Krzysztof Warlikowski puts on his original staging of Angels in America.

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Warlikowski's new play delves into the world of bleeding gods, heavenly beasts doomed to tread the earth, men who desperately seek love. Men who suffer the miseries of race, legacy, social position and difficult choices, each of the three is shunned from society - surrounded by women entangled with his weakness.

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The Polish director puts forward an original montage of extracts from twentieth century literature and ancient Greek tragedies in a production where questions of responsibility and sacrifice take centre stage. Warlikowski experiments with a variety of texts to create an on-stage montage.

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