7 November | 20:00 – I.L. Caragiale National Theater, Studio Hall

Bartosz Szydłowski reads Orhan Pamuk’s great novel brimming with the modern world’s fundamentalisms, ideological wars, bloodshed  caused by an oppressive religious order. The poet Ka returns after several years spent in the West, to his home town of Kars. Officially: for his mother’s funeral. Unofficially: because he is worried about a series of suicides of young women. An informal investigation is launched. A snow storm causes a power cut and disconnects the city from the rest of the world. The Revolution is about to start… A profound reading of this Nobel prize winning Turkish novel, through the lens of the director’s previous experience, creates a powerful staging, filled with subconscious anxiety, a sense of damnation and melancholy.



Director: Bartosz Szydłowski

Adaptation and dramaturgy: Mateusz Pakuła

Choreography: Dominika Knapik

Music: Dominik Strycharski

Set design and costumes: Małgorzata Szydłowska

Light engineering: Marcin Chlanda

Video: Maciej Szczęśniak, Przemysław Czepurko

Film realisation: Przemysław Fik

Camera operators: Jacek Martini-Kielan, Błażej Szymczyk

Stage manager: Marcin Stalmach

Cast: Anna Paruszyńska-Czacka, Aleksandra Przybył, Marta Zięba, Paweł Charyton, Juliusz Chrząstowski, Szymon Czacki, Daniel Dobosz, Dominik Stroka, Artur Święs, Andrzej Szeremeta, Jerzy Trela (w materiale wideo)


Production: Łaźnia Nowa Theatre in Krakow

Coproduction: Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, STUDIO theatregalleryin Warsaw, Stanisław Wyspiański Silesian Theatre in Katowice


Duration: 3h (one intermission)

Performance in Polish with Romanian and English subtitles

Cofinanced by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland LOGO Inst Adam Micziewicz

Poet Ka returns after several years in the West, to his hometown of Kars. Officially: due to his mother’s funeral. Unofficially: because he is engrossed in a series of suicides of young girls, so he starts an informal investigation. A snowstorm cuts the city off from the outside world. The revolution is about to begin…

From an in-depth reading of the novel by the Turkish Nobel Prize winner, but also from the director’s previous experience (especially the performance Conformist 2029”), a powerful but unhurried stage production is born, saturated with subconscious anxiety, a feeling of doom, and melancholy.