The Hideout goes on tour in China! The play by Paweł Passini will be staged ten times in prestigious theatres in Tianjin and Harbin.
The tour is a part of a huge wave of Polish culture in China, co-organised by Culture.pl and Polish Institute in Beijing. From April 2016, Polish theatre directors will be represented on the most important stages of Tianjin, Beijing and Harbin. Respected figures such as Krystian Lupa, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Grzegorz Jarzyna and Paweł Passini, will present their famed plays, appreciated both in Poland and abroad – productions full of festival-like momentum as well as intimate documentaries.
Among the latter will be The Hideout, described by its director Paweł Passini as ‘a memory lab, a meeting’. It is the story of actress Irena Solska, who hid people fleeing the ghetto from the Nazis during World War II, including the director's aunt, Apolonia Starzec. The director explains:
We tell the story of Poles who became divided from other Poles during the war because they were Jewish. The legacy of this division is still present today. For some reason, in conversation about one's Jewish roots, the word ‘admit’ is used. And our interviewees often said things like ‘I haven’t come out of the closet yet’.
A question arises though when it comes to this unusual project what with it being embedded in a very specific historical context and novel in form, staged in a narrow, dark space – will it intrigue Chinese audiences? The chances are high considering that our artists' presence in China comes as a response to the rapidly-growing interest there in Polish theatre, appreciated in China especially for its courage in tackling painful issues, such as war trauma, understood well by Chinese people. Polish theatre artists have a lot to offer these local audiences, proving that theatre can also be intimate and engaging for their viewers.
The Hideout's journey to China began in Kraków during the Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival, where it caught the attention of Qian Cheng, the director of the Grand Theatre in Tianjin, inspiring him to invite the play’s team on a spring tour. The unique set design will be built by Polish and Chinese artists during a workshop in China. The project is supported by Culture.pl.
– 22nd to 24th April 2016, Tianjin Grand Theatre
– 29th April to 1st May, Harbin Grand Theatre
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