Premiere show: "Nie ma"/ Mariusz Szczygieł and the Jewish Theater

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Produced by the Ester Rachel and Ida Kaminska Jewish Theater in Warsaw and directed by Agnieszka Lipiec-Wróblewska, the play 'Nie ma', whose premiere on the internet platform is scheduled for August this year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the theater, is the starting point for further exploration of the Nike Prize awarded bestselling book by Mariusz Szczygieł. Coming out of the Internet, we enter the City. We check how the world of lack, the world of "nie ma" moves from the web to the streets, that are coming back to life after the pandemic. In what way culture that has gone online, urges the viewer to meet in person; what barriers and fears stand between the performance and the participant of the show and how the “nie ma” is externalized?

The phenomenon of Mariusz Szczygieł's book does not lie in the many awards, but in the fact that it triggers strong memories and even deeper questions. The performative space of the book and approaching the phenomenon of memory are key to our artistic search. This is the personal space of each of us / our memories and the acute lack of something that once has been / we had / existed.

live performance

The story of Ludwika and Zofia Woźnicki, Polish writers and translators of Jewish origin, described in Mariusz Szczygieł's best-selling book "Nie ma"; a moving story of twin sisters, their love, attachment and tragic suicide deaths, transferred to the stage by the artists of the The Ester Rachel and Ida Kaminska Jewish Theater, with the author's personal participation.


CAST: Joanna Przybyłowska / Małgorzata Majewska / Jerzy Walczak/ Mariusz Szczygieł
AUTHORS: Agnieszka Lipiec / Agnieszka Zawadowska

W każdym “nie ma” jest jakieś “ma”
Mariusz Szczygieł / meeting with the audience

Meeting with the author, who has been intensively exchanging thoughts with his readers since the publication of the book. #niema appears on Instagram dozens of times a day, even more emails do come. The author, describing stories of the people, simultaneously hides and reveals the story of his own. The same happens to the readers.
Owing to the author's personal participation, the confrontation will be possible live during a direct meeting.

The meeting will be hosted by Remigiusz Grzela.


Tickets available online only.


September 5th_18.00
Fabryka Sztuki/ the Art Factory, Tymienieckiego 3




September 6th_18.00
Fabryka Sztuki/ the Art Factory, Tymienieckiego 3





Spectra / Photographs / Memories
audiovisual show

Relationship / closeness / blurring the borders / feelings / memories
Those who have died and live with us now
Each of us who has an empty / free space in which those who do not live / live
whom we loved / love

Videos from the spectacle "Nie ma", screenings and music.

CREATORS: Agnieszka Lipiec, Agnieszka Zawadowska, Jacqueline Sobiszewski, Adam Rosołowski, Jan Miklaszewski, Justyna Pankiewicz, Antonina Benedek, Jacek Sienkiewicz / RECOGNITION, Tomek Banach


September 5th_21:00
OFF Piotrkowska, Piotrkowska 138/140
The event is open to public and free of charge


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Participation in the events is tantamount to accepting the Regulations of participation in the artistic events of the Łódź of Four Cultures Festival in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, under which each participant is required to submit a written statement including information about their health condition. The regulations (only in Polish) and statement form can be downloaded here.