Groteska Theatre in Krakow


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The Groteska Puppet, Mask and Actor Theatre in Krakow is one of the earliest and the most renowned puppet theatres in Poland. It was founded in 1945 by outstanding theatre artists Zofia and Wladyslaw Jarema - stage directors and pioneers of the modern concept of puppet art and artistic theatre in post-war Poland.

From the very beginning the artistic vision of the theatre has been co-created by such artists and stage designers as Kazimierz Mikulski, Jerzy Skarzynski, Lidia Minticz and Ali Bunsch. The theatre repertoire was basically addressed to children while, at the same time, reached for new forms of the mask and actor theatre, appealing to an adult audience. Some outstanding productions of the Groteska Theatre under the Jaremas include the staging of works by Slawomir Mrozek, Tadeusz Rozewicz, Konstanty Idefons Galczynski, Bertolt Brecht and Alfred Jarry. The next Director, Freda Leniewicz, focused on a repertoire for children. Under Director Jan Polewka, an outstanding artist and producer, Groteska’s productions were inspired by Oriental art, comedia dell’arte and Spanish painting.
Address: 2 Skarbowa Street

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