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Into the Fire!

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In this play, the authors tackle the basic questions of today's Poland: Should we always look back to the past? Who should be honoured and for what?

The biography of Józef Kuraś 'Ogień' ['Fire'] – a hero, a murderer, a criminal, a partisan and Janosik, as well as the myths of Podhale, and Mateusz Pakuła's text are the starting point for these explorations.

In this play, the authors tackle the basic questions of today's Poland: Should we always look back to the past? Who should be honoured and for what? Are we able to discard the burden of our history and tear away Deianira's shirt, which is what our historical policy has become today?

Five actors as a choir of Polish spirits suspended in purgatory. Like in Kafka, they are waiting for the gate of justice to open. And like in Dante, they become consumed by the fire of their history. Five Kuraś characters. Five spirits. Or five natives of a strange tribe which has existed on these lands for over 30,000 years. Kuraś runs into the mountains. Further and further – to blaze up, full of revenge. Who is this man? Should a murderer really be honoured?

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