Saturday, June 15, 2024, 9:00 PM

  • Saturday, June 15, 2024, 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 16, 2024, 5:00 PM

29.02 – with English surtitles.

Boa is the first choreographic play in the history of the National Stary Theatre in Krakow.

Its main theme and explored space of movement is desire, how it is demonstrated, embodied, and performed. In “Boa,” choreographer Paweł Sakowicz wonders about paths by which desire circulates in the body; how it is created through a spatial orientation of bodies; how it can be intermediated through popular culture, discourses, and technologies, and what its embodied consequences are. Delving into the trajectories of desire, “Boa” mainly focuses on two parts of the body: the hips and the eyes, which do not need the sense of touch in order to touch. Sakowicz draws from cinematic tools that build relationships, organize images, and internalize the outside gaze, though there are no cameras on stage. The bodies here bear traces of stolen choreographies and scraps of fiery soap-opera plots. The actors practice culturally stereotyped dances of the South, and they seduce a non-existent camera, the existing audience, and one another.



  • Magda Grąziowska
  • Ewa Kaim
  • Katarzyna Krzanowska
  • Radosław Krzyżowski
  • Aleksandra Nowosadko
  • Przemysław Przestrzelski
  • Łukasz Szczepanowski


  • Paweł Sakowicz Director
  • Paweł Sakowicz Choreography
  • Anka Herbut Text and dramaturgy
  • Justyna Stasiowska Sound design
  • Jacqueline Sobiszewski Lighting
  • Milena Liebe Costumes

25.11 and 30.12 – with English surtitles.

Stary National Theatre

ul. Jagiellońska 1

Stary National Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Poland. Its contemporary repertoire consists of both contemporary works and reinterpretations of classics.

The theatre, which found its home in a historical building on a corner of Szczepański Square, is one of Poland’s national stages, directly managed by the Minister of Culture. In the 19th century, its stage was graced by the theatre’s current patron, a consummate actress, Helena Modrzejewska, known to the English-speaking world as Modjeska. A great many eminent artists trod the legendary boards of the Stary after the war, notably Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Grotowski, Zygmunt Hübner, and Krystian Lupa. The stagings of Adam Mickiewicz’s The Forefathers’ Eve directed by Konrad Swinarski and of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Possessed directed by Andrzej Wajda made history. The contemporary repertoire of the theatre consists both of current works and reinterpretations of classics.

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