Tue / 11 / 6 / 24
19:00 – 21:10

Slovak National Theatre, New Building, Bratislava
> Drama Hall

in Polish with Slovak and English surtitles

Public Q&A with the production team is held after the performance.

For viewers 18+
Warning: foul language, violence, sexual violence, blood

Festival-dedicated return bus fare from Nitra to Bratislava is available.
Departure NR: 17.00 from the parking lot at the Winter Stadium in Nitra.
BA departure: 22.30 from the parking lot adjacent to the SND new building.

Nowy Teatr, Warsaw, POLAND


directed by: Markus Öhrn

The fruit of the collaboration of two radicals, the Swedish director Markus Öhrn and the Polish conceptual artist Karol Radziszewski is a challenging piece in terms of aesthetics and meaning, that repels and attracts at the same time. Radziszewski incorporated into the concept of the production his distinctive portraits of iconic figures of Polish history and his invention – the duo Fag Fighters. This fictitious homosexual guerilla unit has been fighting mainstream society in various performative actions in public space since 2007. On stage, the duo in pink balaclavas reaches another dimension: Phobia talks about the phenomenon of the pinkwashing, when joining the fight for the rights of sexual minorities becomes a fashion trend, yet what stands behind is indifference.
What does it actually mean when a heterosexual, middle-class family hangs a rainbow flag on their balcony? Or when the well-earning boss of a fashion clothing chain talks about an inclusive brand whose campaign features two waist-high naked men and rainbow flags? Or when the Swedish director criticises the heteronormative interpretation of Polish history in his production? When these chosen individuals, as pars pro toto of mainstream society, fail to answer quiz questions about Polish history posed by the masked duo, they are severely punished. This “brutal history lesson”, which is a theatre, exhibition, activism and lecture – all in one, places considerable demands on the spectators. At the same time, however, in perfect exaggeration, caricature and mockery (even self-mockery), it offers a chance for a new take on identity and identification in the broadest sense of the word.

concept and script: Markus Öhrn, Karol Radziszewski
direction: Markus Öhrn
set design and costumes: Markus Öhrn, Karol Radziszewski
Collaborative Set and Costume Design: Saskia Hellmann
images: Karol Radziszewski
music: Michał Pepol, Bartek Wąsik
masks: Makode Linde
makeup: Monika Kaleta
assistant directors: Anna Lewandowska, Angelika Mizińska
producers: Anna Skała, Angelika Mizińska
poster design: Karol Radziszewski
program design: Renata Motyka
translation of poems and songs into English: Marek Kaźmierski
English text editing: Dominika Gajewska
subtitles: Zofia Szymanowska
cast: Wojciech Kalarus, Ewelina Pankowska, Piotr Polak, Magdalena Popławska, Jan Sobolewski

The following works of art and music are used in the performance:

Obrazy z serii Poczet Karola Radziszewskiego prezentowane dzięki uprzejmości Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie.
Biografie bohaterów Pocztu Karola Radziszewskiego autorstwa Wojciecha Szymańskiego
Rota słowa: Maria Konopnicka, muzyka: Filip Nowowiejski
Hu, hu, ha, nasza zima zła Maria Konopnicka
Tęcza Maria Konopnicka
Anton Dvořák „Humoreska op. 101 nr 7”
Michał Pepol, Bartek Wąsik „Fobia. Posiłek”
Michał Pepol, Bartek Wąsik „Fobia. Joga”
Gloria Gaynor „I will survive”
Michał Pepol, Bartek Wąsik „Fobia. Quiz. Król 1”
Karol Szymanowski „Pieśń Roksany” z opery „Król Roger”
Michał Pepol, Bartek Wąsik „Fobia. Tęcza”
„Rota” słowa: Maria Konopnicka, muzyka: Filip Nowowiejski
Karol Szymanowski „A chtóz tam puka”
Michał Pepol, Bartek Wąsik „Fobia. Korporacja”
Michał Pepol, Bartek Wąsik „Fobia. Król 2”
Claude Debussy „Popołudnie Fauna”
„Puszek okruszek” muzyka: Jarosław Kukulski, słowa: Jerzy Dąbrowski
Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska „Modlitwa Dziewicy”
Johannes Brahms „Kwartet fortepianowy c-moll op. 63″ część 1
Michał Pepol, Bartek Wąsik „Fobia. Pobicie”
Michał Pepol, Bartek Wąsik „Fobia. Techno Kościół”
„The winner takes it all” słowa: Björn Ulvaeus, muzyka: Benny Anderson
Gabriel Faure „In paradisum”

Markus Öhrn is a Swedish visual artist and stage director. He lives and works in Stocksbo, Sweden. In 2008, he graduated in visual arts at the Stockholm Konstfack University. Öhrn works with performance, video and sound installations. He is also a popular mentor of the younger generation of artists and teaches at various universities in Europe. Markus’ trilogy: Contes d’amour (2010), We Love Africa and Africa Loves Us (2012) and Bis zum Tod (2014) featured at major festivals such as Theatretreffen, Wiener Festwochen, Festival d’Avignon and in theatres such as Volksbühne-am Rosa-Luxemburg- Platz, Museum of Modern Art, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and at the Dramaten theatre in Stockholm, where he also made the 12-part production The Unknown in 2022. He won the Nestroy Prize for the production of 3 Episodes of Life. His performances stimulate polemics and passionate discussions about the limtis of contemporary theatre.

Karol Radziszewski works with film, photography, painting, installations and creates interdisciplinary projects. His method is based on archival research; he always works with various cultural, historical, religious, social, and gender references. Since 2005, he has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine DIK Fagazine and, in 2015, he founded the Queer Archives Institute.
His works have been exhibited or are part of the collections of major galleries and museums in Poland (e.g. Museum of Modern Art, Zacheta National Art Gallery, Wrocław Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Sztuki in Łódź) and abroad (e.g. London’s Whitechapel Gallery, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, New York-based New Museum, VideoBrasil and Sao Paulo, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Ljubljana Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana). He participated in several international biennials and international film festivals. In 2021, The Power of Secrets dedicated to Radziszewski’s archival work was published by Sternberg Press.