Porywacze Ciał Theatre, PoznańMinimal
The Porywacze Ciał Theatre was founded in 1992 by Katarzyna Pawłowska and Maciej Adamczyk, students of the Puppet Theatre Faculty at The Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Wroclaw. Maciej Górnicki joined the group later and remained there till the end of 1996. Later he was replaced by Waldemar Ratuszniak. The Theatre has so far presented five plays: The Dogs (Psy, 1993), I love you (1993), The Pigs (Świnie, 1995), Autophobia (with Marcin Liber from Teatr Biuro Podróży, 1996), and Minimal (1997).
Since May 1996, the Theatre co-operates with the Theatre of the Eighth Day when presenting a street show Sabbath.
Ewa Obrębowska-Piasecka wrote about “Minimal”: In the performance, there is nothing and everything. There are plastic clothes from boutiques. There are original texts that mingle with quotations and stylisation. There are scenes that refer to the film aesthetics. There are personal texts that are poor literary monologues. There are naked bodies that are costumes. There is sex that is physical exercise (…) Everything is empty and artificial. Everything is void of warmth and everything is sterile. Comic book kitsch.
The Theatre understands the contemporary ethics. They are submerged in this climate, and this climate becomes somehow their own. They use first person singular on the stage. And they are very authentic in doing so. However they still feel the pain of existence. They are desperately fighting to maintain sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste… Desperately trying to live fully, although they do not know how to do it. And that distress is transmitted to the audience, although the people keep bursting with laughter