“Are You Very Stupid, or Very Intelligent?” Joanna Szczepkowska and the Embarrassing Performance of Canceling Communism Cover Image
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„Czy pani jest bardzo głupia, czy bardzo inteligentna?”. Joanna Szczepkowska i żenujący performans odwołania komunizmu
“Are You Very Stupid, or Very Intelligent?” Joanna Szczepkowska and the Embarrassing Performance of Canceling Communism

Author(s): Katarzyna Waligóra
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: feminism; embarrassment; Szczepkowska; communism; 4 June; television news

Summary/Abstract: This article takes a closer look at a performance by actress Joanna Szczepkowska on 28 October 1989. This was a statement on the Television News: “Ladies and gentlemen, communism in Poland ended on 4 June 1989.” Waligóra describes how the appearance happened, the first responses to it, and how it endured in the collective memory. She also mentions the actress’ position in 1989 and the effect of her public image the recep­tion of the words spoken on television. The author also explains why she sees Szczepkowska’s appearance as an embarrassing female performance – simultaneously emancipatory and elicit­ing consternation.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 145-146
  • Page Range: 78-90
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish