‘Being an addition’, adventures of konstatnty Ildefons Gałczyński with a cabaret Cover Image

„Na przyczepkę”, czyli Konstantego Ildefonsa Gałczyńskiego przygody z kabaretem
‘Being an addition’, adventures of konstatnty Ildefons Gałczyński with a cabaret

Author(s): Lidia Ignaczak
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe
Keywords: literary history of the twentieth century; history of theater of the twentieth century; cabaret; song; surrealism; grotesque

Summary/Abstract: This article is an attempt at a chronological presentation of the cabaret experience of K.I. Gałczyński — from the moment when the poet sat, in the 30’s twentieth century, among the audience of the theater Die Catacombs in Berlin, experiencing the impact of the stage miniatures, through his cooperation with eastern scene and radio cabarets: Smorgonia and Kukułka wileńska (Cuckoo Vilnius), with the ephemeral literature-cafe team Ścichapęk and with the post-war cabarets: Siedem kotów (Seven Cats) in Krakow and Kukułka (Cuckoo) in Warsaw, until the last presentation of his works in the Satirical Theatre in Warsaw. It should be emphasized that although the poet loved the art of the theater, he had no luck to it and, except for his cabaret texts, he failed to present on the stage most of his dramas. However, in a cabaret he might feel fulfilled on many levels: as the author of the grotesque, surreal monologues, dialogues and songs; as the creator of the scenic characters constructed for a specific artists (such as Irena Kwiatkowska or Tadeusz Olsza); as the reciter of his own poems; and finally — as a writer and director of cabaret programs. A pattern of humor created by him has become an important legacy for the next generation, which extremely appreciated a rare combination of poetic charm with pure nonsense and black humor, so aptly neutralizing the weight of everyday life.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 67
  • Page Range: 157-210
  • Page Count: 54
  • Language: Polish