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-The great advantage of Polish theatre lies in the fact that your performances are usually much less straightforward than what I am used to watch in the US. Your theatre often has a dream-like quality. You can also brilliantly show the overlapping of times and spaces/ Monica Payne, director, USA  On her website, she declares that she "recently travelled to Poland to attend the Boska Komedia Festival in Krakov." Quoted in Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye / Teatralny.pl

-The great advantage of Polish theatre lies in the fact that your performances are usually much less straightforward than what I am used to watch in the US. Your theatre often has a dream-like quality. You can also brilliantly show the overlapping of times and spaces/ Monica Payne, director, USA On her website, she declares that she "recently travelled to Poland to attend the Boska Komedia Festival in Krakov." Quoted in Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye / Teatralny.pl

-Poles, just like the Irish, have a great talent for depressing people – in the funniest way possible. Though I understand that not everyone likes black humour. Polish artists do not indulge in easy jokes. All the more surprised I am that their performances actually sparkle with humour.  Peter Crawley, critic, the Divine Comedy Festival jury member, Ireland Quoted in Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye / Teatralny.pl

-Poles, just like the Irish, have a great talent for depressing people – in the funniest way possible. Though I understand that not everyone likes black humour. Polish artists do not indulge in easy jokes. All the more surprised I am that their performances actually sparkle with humour. Peter Crawley, critic, the Divine Comedy Festival jury member, Ireland Quoted in Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye / Teatralny.pl

-Polish theatre is very colourful [...] I would compare it to the German theatre but yours is more poetic. It is also more socially involved than ours, Lithuanian. You have more passion for commenting on current issues. At the same time, Polish theatre is very difficult to watch as it is very firmly rooted in a specifically Polish context. During this year’s [2014] Divine Comedy festival, I’ve realised how much you rely on text. This may pose a problem for foreign viewers.

-Polish theatre is very colourful [...] I would compare it to the German theatre but yours is more poetic. It is also more socially involved than ours, Lithuanian. You have more passion for commenting on current issues. At the same time, Polish theatre is very difficult to watch as it is very firmly rooted in a specifically Polish context. During this year’s [2014] Divine Comedy festival, I’ve realised how much you rely on text. This may pose a problem for foreign viewers.

-Your theatre is very diversified. Some performances are poetic, some visual, and others are simply well made plays …  [...] I also liked the way in which light was used. In most performances the stage is quite dark, and only the most important sections are lit. In Israel, we do it differently. The whole stage is fully lit at all times.  Eyal Weiser, dramaturgist, director, Israel (about the 2014 Divine Comedy festival)  Quoted in Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye

-Your theatre is very diversified. Some performances are poetic, some visual, and others are simply well made plays … [...] I also liked the way in which light was used. In most performances the stage is quite dark, and only the most important sections are lit. In Israel, we do it differently. The whole stage is fully lit at all times. Eyal Weiser, dramaturgist, director, Israel (about the 2014 Divine Comedy festival) Quoted in Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye

-I think that Polish theatre deeply analyses reality. Your artists want to get right to the essence of things. This is certainly the case with Krystian Lupa. We have no one like him in France. Long, laboratory-like work on every performance allows him to look at a problem from all sides. He is bold, honest, mystical, even idealistic. I like the fact that his performances are not too intellectual.  Camille Protar, director, France / Teatralny.pl Photograph by Natalia Kabanow, The Woodcutters

-I think that Polish theatre deeply analyses reality. Your artists want to get right to the essence of things. This is certainly the case with Krystian Lupa. We have no one like him in France. Long, laboratory-like work on every performance allows him to look at a problem from all sides. He is bold, honest, mystical, even idealistic. I like the fact that his performances are not too intellectual. Camille Protar, director, France / Teatralny.pl Photograph by Natalia Kabanow, The Woodcutters

-In a way, German aesthetics has blended into the works of several Polish artists, to the advantage of your theatre and audiences. Thanks to this phenomenon, you became interested in political and social issues. Subjects that have so far been deemed unworthy, as they are too close to journalism. Germans don’t think like that. Tanja Miletić Oručević, director, Mostar Youth Theatre, Bosnia quoted in Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye / Teatralny.pl

-In a way, German aesthetics has blended into the works of several Polish artists, to the advantage of your theatre and audiences. Thanks to this phenomenon, you became interested in political and social issues. Subjects that have so far been deemed unworthy, as they are too close to journalism. Germans don’t think like that. Tanja Miletić Oručević, director, Mostar Youth Theatre, Bosnia quoted in Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye / Teatralny.pl

-Polish theatre is so different from what I am used to watch in New York that I am truly glad that I had the chance to experience it in Cracow. Polish artists are keen on experimenting and they have many brilliant ideas, which are enthusiastically received by the audience" Lily Whitsitt, director, USA quoted in Marcin Wasyluk, "Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye" /teatralny.pl

-Polish theatre is so different from what I am used to watch in New York that I am truly glad that I had the chance to experience it in Cracow. Polish artists are keen on experimenting and they have many brilliant ideas, which are enthusiastically received by the audience" Lily Whitsitt, director, USA quoted in Marcin Wasyluk, "Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye" /teatralny.pl

-Performances from other countries are like 18th-century satirical paintings: you can see what they depict but without the knowledge of their context they are completely incomprehensible.  Norman Armour, the Divine Comedy festival jury member, creator and art director of the international PuSh festival, Canada  Quoted in A Pinch of Pepper in Polish Theatre by Margarete Affenzeller, Der Standard, Vienna

-Performances from other countries are like 18th-century satirical paintings: you can see what they depict but without the knowledge of their context they are completely incomprehensible. Norman Armour, the Divine Comedy festival jury member, creator and art director of the international PuSh festival, Canada Quoted in A Pinch of Pepper in Polish Theatre by Margarete Affenzeller, Der Standard, Vienna

-I think that theatre is always rooted in a national context. All theatre, regardless of its place of origin, is local. It is only the exchange of experiences that makes it universal. And in this sense everyone, regardless of their nationality, can experience Polish performances. Lily Whitsitt, director, USA quoted in Marcin Wasyluk, "Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye" /teatralny.pl

-I think that theatre is always rooted in a national context. All theatre, regardless of its place of origin, is local. It is only the exchange of experiences that makes it universal. And in this sense everyone, regardless of their nationality, can experience Polish performances. Lily Whitsitt, director, USA quoted in Marcin Wasyluk, "Polish Theatre and Foreign Eye" /teatralny.pl

-We've had a chance to see many eccentric performances here. Even if these experiments are not always successful, your artists never cease to search for new forms of expression. I am also always surprised to see how eagerly Polish artists engage in amateur psychoanalysis, how they keep using the stage to fight their demons in public. I always repeat that I learn new things with every performance I watch, and here I've met the most surprising of teachers. Peter Crawley, Ireland

-We've had a chance to see many eccentric performances here. Even if these experiments are not always successful, your artists never cease to search for new forms of expression. I am also always surprised to see how eagerly Polish artists engage in amateur psychoanalysis, how they keep using the stage to fight their demons in public. I always repeat that I learn new things with every performance I watch, and here I've met the most surprising of teachers. Peter Crawley, Ireland

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