Polish Theatre, PoznańEntartete Kunst
An interrogation room from Villquist play is a metaphorical purgatory for artists of all epochs. In this place nobody is tortured physically, nobody is shot from behind. One is tortured on another floor. Here the interrogated are bathed, they have their hair cut, they get shaved and their nails are cut. Clean, bathed and deprived of their senses, they are sent back
to society, to be summoned for another intervention a year later, after which the majority of them cease to be artists. (…) This vision of the world in which artists are treated like lepers and art is approached as a disease that can be cured only by hygiene was expressed in an extremely evocative way. The performance directed by the playwright himself is a perfectionist production with expressionistic lighting and abundant layer of sound and music.
Roman Pawłowski, Gazeta Wyborcza.
The playwright and director of Entwetrete Kunst made the following comments in an interview before the premiere: The most significant problem here is a relationship between what is good and what is bad. The most important question is: whether in order to live, create and exist one can get away with being afflicted with darkness, gloom and evil. Ingmar Villquist is a mysterious figure. He is an art historian who graduated from the Wrocław University, a university lecturer, playwright and theatre director. Villquist’s plays have been staged in several cities all over Poland. ‘Helver’s Night’
brought him recognition and popularity ‘Entartete Kunst’, a play commissioned by Teatr Polski in Poznań, is realized with terrific care for details. The opening scene relating to the show opened in Munchen in 1937 which exhibited ‘degenerated art’ (Entartete Kunst), as it was labeled by the Nazi mandataries of a new system, is a pretext only.