Cezary Goes to War

January 16 - January 19, 2020


Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)

Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 3PM

$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]

Run Time: 60 Minutes (No Intermission)

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US Premiere
La MaMa Presents
in association with the Polish Cultural Institute and Komuna//Warszawa
Directed by Cezary Tomaszewski
By Komuna//Warszawa

The director’s biography, written for four actors and a pianist, becomes a pretext to redefine the existing concepts and create the artist’s own queer fantasy system. The performance, in which Nijinsky’s Afternoon of the Faun comes to life in a men’s dressing room with one of Moniuszko’s songs, aerobic exercises with Shostakovich’s battle symphony and the memory of recruitment commission become an impulse for launching performative, camp variety.



"In short, Cezary is a treat...funny yet poignant and smart in its layering of style and content.”
- Donald Hutera The Times, www.thetimes.co.uk

"Cezary Goes to War is an idiosyncratic piece bursting with originality and verve”
- Richard Beck, www.BroadwayBaby.com

Creative Team

Directed by Cezary Tomaszewski
Costumes by Bracia (Agnieszka Klepacka, Maciej Chorąży)
Lighting by Antoni Grałek
Dramaturgy by Justyna Wąsik, Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak

Michał Dembiński, Weronika Krówka, Oskar Malinowski, Bartosz Ostrowski, Łukasz Stawarczyk


About the Artists

Cezary Tomaszewski, born in Warsaw in 1976, choreographer, director, and performer. He directs both theatre and opera, enjoys experimenting with classic texts and takes a keen interest in the banality of art. He studied theater at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw and choreography at Brucknerkonservatorium Linz in Austria. He directed Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow in 2009 in Vienna,   which earned critics' picks in the magazines  „Theater Heute” and „Falter” for Best Young Director and the Best Off Production in 2009 in Vienna. Two of his early projects, Last Temptation of Saint Bernardette and Dance Tetralogy, were presented at theatres in Austria and Switzerland.He also directed musical productions by Capella Cracoviensis: the stage production of Monteverdi’s madrigals Baroque feast in a milk bar in Kraków, and operas: Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula and Moniuszko’s Halka among others. In Polish dramatical theatres he directed Wyspiański’s Wedding Based on Wedding. In 2017 Tomaszewski directed Had It Not Been For Smoking, Pina Would Have Been Alive at Jerzy Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych and Cezary Goes to War at Komuna Warszawa. Find out more at https://culture.pl/en/artist/cezary-tomaszewski and http://cezarytomaszewski.com/
Komuna Warszawa  is one of the most important avant-garde independent theaters in Poland. They experiment at the borders of performing arts, video installation and music explores key issues of the contemporary world, ceaselessly seeking new forms and means of expression. Since 2007 Komuna has been an important venue for theatre performances, as well as performance art pieces, lectures, film and video-art screenings, concerts and discussions. Komuna Warszawa has taken part in some of the most prestigious festivals in Poland and the world, performing at such venues as La MaMa in New York City, HAU in Berlin or 104Centquatre in Paris. Komuna Warszawa is also a production house where different art worlds meet. Find more at www.komuna.warszawa.pl/_mainen/