They will repeat the atrocity and the beauty...

They will be good for each other and they will bite one another. They will create their god of whiteness and build for themselves a white hell. They will go on crusades. They will cause pain, repeat old gestures of tenderness, reach the bottom of debauchery.

Paweł Głowacki, Dziennik Polski, Krakow

The Blind

Jerzy Zoń

When Saramago’s idiosyncratic universe was put together with that of the also idiosyncratic and politically concerned group KTO Theatre, a huge and violent wave of ideas was created in the form of this masterpiece, The Blind. The monumental staging of this story (…) succeeds admirably, and deals brilliantly with the epic proportions of Saramago’s story. (…) A superb interpretation of this fantastic novel.

Joelson Gusson, Totaltheatreview.com, Edinburgh

And there are also echoes of other great literary images of blindness, from the blind seer Tiresias of Greek tragedy, to Maeterlinck’s Les Aveugles, with its group of blind people on a troubled pilgrimage; in this powerful and beautifully acted visual drama about a society’s instinctive response to a crisis that kills no-one, but changes everything, and reveals many disturbing truths.

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, Edinburgh

After the initial perfectly pure moments in the style of Chekhov, Zon makes his characters hear a moan, and then he leads them, now the blind with milk at the bottom of their eyes, to the world of white metal beds.(…)

The pure peace of the first moments of the tale will soon evaporate. After the first scream Zon keeps accelerating the rhythm. He constructs an overwhelming hour. Image after image – there is more and more madness on the square (…). The crackle of white beds keeps growing, they turn into barricades, a wailing wall, the way of the cross or barred hollows where the blind get their moments of peace. More and more powerful winds sweep the dust from the ground. More and more ruthless music makes the heads burst until the end when a woman in red stands on a bed with her hand placed on the air. She is looking (…). As if she were checking if the lost city is returning to her from the whiteness or not. No? Yes? No. It is not coming back.

This is why (…) it is a must to go and see it. Watch. Perceive. Perceive at all costs.

Paweł Głowacki, Dziennik Polski, Krakow

(…) the final 25 minutes deliver an eye-watering experience which is as visually stunning as anything you’ll ever see: the sky appears to bleed red, glittering rain.

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, Edinburgh

Krakow-based KTO Theatre pulls off a rare feat in combining stunning visual effects with a potent emotional impact (…).

Whether through pounding music, imagery that’s by turns shocking and poignantly beautiful, or its physical performers’ sheer animal energy, the company seems intent on engaging the audience in as direct a way as possible. And it works: it’s hard to tear your eyes off the show, no matter how harrowing it becomes.

David Kettle, The List, Edinburgh

When a production we watch is rooted in the novel of Jose Saramago, then it must cause pain. The story of human behaviour in the apocalyptic end of the world, (…) reflecting the structure of a former order through various configurations of hospital beds and making a great impression on the spectators. They know that they are watching a story about themselves (…). The fall of an individual is painful but the fall of a group of people is terrifying. We get frightened by our helplessness while facing a crowd where compassion and respect for another human being disappear. This process is rendered with great precision by the actors of the KTO Theatre.

Małgorzata Wysocka-Błaszczak, Sztukaulicy.pl, Warsaw

Ten years after its premiere and in the year of coronavirus stopping the world in its tracks, the monumental outdoor performance becomes an even more acute diagnosis of contemporary mechanisms, irrational choices, fear, dishonesty and disinformation.
What seemed like fiction yesterday, today may happen to be a reality.

The show was nominated for the Edinburgh’s Total Theatre Award in the category of Physical/ Visual Theatre. It has been presented over 100 times on 48 festivals in many countries around the world, including South Korea, Iran, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Scotland, Belgium, Russia, Czech Republic, Romania, Ukraine, and Costa Rica.

Script, direction and selection of music:
Jerzy Zoń

Stage set:
Joanna Jaśko-Sroka

Costumes:
Zofia de Ines, Joanna Jaśko-Sroka

Choreography:
Eryk Makohon

Performers:
Karolina Bondaronek, Danuta Kulesz-Różycka, Paulina Lasyk, Justyna Orzechowska, Urszula Swałtek, Grażyna Srebrny-Rosa, Justyna Wójcik, Marta Zoń, Sławomir Bendykowski, Bartek Cieniawa/Jacek Joniec, Aleksander Kopański, Michał Orzyłowski/Mateusz Kmiecik, Paweł Monsiel, Szymon Pater, Adam Plewiński

Premiere: June 18, 2010, Krakow

Poznań / Poland
3rd Festival in the Free Outdoor
August 8, 2020
San José / Costa Rica
15th FIA International Festival of the Arts of San José
June 30, 2017
Timişoara / Romania
FEST – FDR 2017
May 17-18, 2017
Tehran / Iran
35th FADJR International Theater Festival
January 29, 2017
Seoul / South Korea
14th Seoul Street Arts Festival 2016
September 30, 2016 
Zacatecas / Mexico
14th Festival Internacional de Teatro de Calle Zacatecas
September 30, 2016 
Prague / Czech Republic
8th Prague Street Theatre Festival BEHIND THE DOOR
July 18, 2015
Zamość / Poland
XV Zamojskie Lato Teatralne
June 21, 2015
Kalisz / Poland
XXII Międzynarodowy Festiwal Artystycznych Działań Ulicznych LA STRADA
June 12, 2015
Bydgoszcz / Poland
II Międzynarodowy festiwal teatralny „Inne Sytuacje”
May 24, 2015
Tàrrega / Spain
FiraTàrrega
September 11-13, 2014
Oświęcim / Poland
V Międzynarodowe Biennale Plakatu Społeczno-Politycznego
September 5, 2014
Cologne / Germany
Sommer Köln
July 26-27, 2014
Oberhausen / Germany
July 25, 2014
Arkhangelsk / Russia
20th Arkhangelsk International Street Theatre Festival
June 26-27, 2014
Sibiu / Romania
21st Sibiu International Theatre Festival
June 6-9, 2014
Warsaw / Poland
XXI Międzynarodowy Festiwal „Sztuka Ulicy”
June 30, 2013
Kalisz / Poland
XX Międzynarodowy Festiwal Artystycznych Działań Ulicznych LA STRADA
June 9, 2013
Mettmann / Germany
Theaterfestival ROT/ CZERWONY, Neanderland Biennale
June 7, 2013
Toruń / Poland
II Festiwalu Debiutantów „Pierwszy kontakt”
May 25, 2013
Gwancheon / South Korea
XVI Gwacheon Festival
September 20-21, 2012
Ludwigshafen / Germany 
13th Internationales Strassentheaterfestival
July 26-28, 2012
Pula / Croatia
18th PUF International Theatre Festival
July 1, 2012
Leuven / Belgium
Leuven in Scène
May 26-27, 2012
Ostrołęka / Poland
3rd Theater Festival InQbator
May 19, 2012
Białystok / Poland
XXVII Dni Sztuki Współczesnej w Białymstoku
May 18, 2012
Prešov / Slovakia
46th Akademyckỳ Prešov
April 26, 2012
Bogota / Columbia
13th Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogota
March 28-31, 2012
Minsk / Belarus
Palace of Sports, presentation as part of the Polish Presidency of the European Union
October 23, 2011
Bytom / Poland
XIII Międzynarodowy Festiwal Teatralny „Teatromania”
October 14, 2011
Nuremberg / Germany
Nördlicher Lorenzerplatz, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Cracow House in Nuremberg
September 30, 2011
Wuppertal / Germany
XII Ost West Kontakte
October 1, 2011
Kiev / Ukraine 
Mohyla Academy, presentation as part of the Polish Presidency of the European Union
September 16-17, 2011
Wrocław / Poland
European Culture Congress
September 8, 2011
Berlin / Germany
Alexander Platz, presentation as part of the Polish Presidency of the European Union
August 11, 2011
Jelenia Góra / Poland
1st Wandering Theatres Festival
August 8, 2011
Vienna / Austria
Museumsquartier, presentation as part of the Polish Presidency of the European Union
July 15, 2011
Jedlina Zdrój / Poland
XIX International Street Theatre Festival 
June 24, 2011
Katowice / Poland
17th XVII International Theatre Festival A Part
June 20, 2011
Łomża / Poland
24th International Theatre Festival VALISE
June 8, 2011
Santa Maria da Feira / Portugal
XI Festival Internacional de Teatro de Rua
May 18-22, 2011
Lviv / Ukraine
21st International Theatre Festival “Golden Lion”
October 7, 2010 
Brest / Belarus 
15th International Theatre Festival “White Tower”
September 13, 2010
Nowy Sącz / Poland
Festiwal Małopolska – Karpaty OFFer
August 21, 2010
Płock / Poland 
Festiwal Rynek Sztuki
August 20, 2010
Olsztyn / Poland
X Olsztyńska Trzydniówka Teatralna
August 15, 2010
Warsaw / Poland
XVIII International Street Art Festival
July 5, 2010

Karolina Bondaronek

Karolina Bondaronek

Paulina Lasyk

Paulina Lasyk

Justyna Orzechowska

Justyna Orzechowska

Grażyna Srebrny-Rosa

Grażyna Srebrny-Rosa

Marta Zoń

Marta Zoń

Sławek Bendykowski

Sławek Bendykowski

Bartek Cieniawa

Bartek Cieniawa

Paweł Monsiel

Paweł Monsiel

Aleksander Kopański

Aleksander Kopański

Mateusz Kmiecik

Mateusz Kmiecik

Michał Orzyłowski

Michał Orzyłowski

Szymon Peter

Szymon Peter

Adam Plewiński

Adam Plewiński

Justyna Wójcik

Justyna Wójcik

Danuta Kulesz-Różycka

Danuta Kulesz-Różycka

Jacek Joniec

Jacek Joniec

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