Warlikowski’s (A)pollonia at the Google Cultural Institute
du 1 décembre au 31 décembre 2015
NInA to Release Krzysztof Warlikowski’s (A)pollonia at the Google Cultural Institute
On December 1st, (A)pollonia, a play by one of Poland’s top theater directors, Krzysztof
Warlikowski, will be published in its entirety at the Google Cultural Institute, an
international platform for the arts. The National Audiovisual Institute (NInA) will thus join
a group of over sixty cultural institutions from across the globe that are participating in
Google’s new project, Performing Arts.
This collaboration between the NInA and the Google Cultural Institute will allow internet
users to view this production by Krzysztof Warlikowski in high definition, from start to
finish, entirely legally. (A)pollonia will be one of the first theatrical performances available in
its entirety at the Google Cultural Institute.
Following the release of Penderecki Reloaded at the world’s largest online cultural institute,
the National Audiovisual Institute continues its mission to showcase theater productions in
audiovisual form, marking 250 years of public theater in Poland.
“From its inception, the National Audiovisual Institute’s mission has been to archive and
share Poland’s audiovisual heritage with a broad audience. I’m very pleased that today, on
the 250th anniversary of public theater in Poland, thanks to the Google Cultural Institute, we
can share one of the most important plays to appear on Polish stages in recent years with
fans of the performing arts from all over the world,” says Michał Merczyński, director of the
National Audiovisual Institute.
(A)pollonia, a story of crime, self-sacrifice and unredeemed guilt, is among the most
important and most outstanding plays in 21st century Polish theater. The piece premiered
May 16, 2009, at Warsaw’s Koneser Cultural Center, located in a former vodka distillery in
the Praga neighborhood. This was the first production by Krzysztof Warlikowski’s Nowy Theater. In July of 2009, (A)pollonia was performed at the Avignon Festival. In 2014, a
performance of (A)pollonia was recorded by Polish Television and the National Audiovisual
Institute. The play has enjoyed unwavering popularity with audiences since its very
premiere, and has proved to be an important point of reference for theater scholars. The
cast features a who’s-who of Polish actors, including Magdalena Cielecka, Andrzej Chyra,
Maciej Stuhr, Maja Ostaszewska, Ewa Dałkowska, Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Jacek
Poniedziałek and Marek Kalita.
The play is based both on ancient texts — dramas by Aeschylus and Euripides — as well as
contemporary literature, including the work of J.M. Coetzee and Hanna Krall as well as
Jonathan Littell’s widely translated novel The Kindly Ones.
(A)pollonia tells the tale of three women: Iphigenia, sacrificed for her homeland by her
father, Agamemnon; Alcestis, who gives her life for her husband, Admet; and Apollonia
Machczyńska, who chooses to shelter Jews and is subsequently killed in the war, orphaning
her children. The director poses questions about the profound meaning of sacrifice and
about our right to decide about the lives of others as well as our own, as our personal
decisions can have a significant effect on the destinies of others.
The play was produced in cooperation with five Polish and European theaters: the Théatre
National de Chaillot in Paris, the Comédie de Geneve-Centre Dramatique, the Théatre de la
Place de Liege, the Théatre Royal de la Monnaie de Bruxelles, and the Helena Modrzejewska
National Stary Theater in Kraków, with additional help from several international theater
festivals, including the famous Avignon Festival.
The Google Cultural Institute will showcase (A)pollonia as part of its Performing Arts project,
which will allow internet users to tour the most important sites on the cultural map of the
world. The project features over sixty leading arts scenes from twenty countries, along with
over 150 interactive collections comprising a combined 8,000 photographs, videos and other
documents. Performing Arts will include, among many other productions, a 360° recording
of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (also known as “The
Choral”), performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle; gigapixel
photographs of Marc Chagall’s Ceiling for the Paris Opera; and the Teatro Real building in
The Google Cultural Institute provides the technology to help communities transfer their
cultural treasures, archives, places of national heritage and other historical material online.
The purpose of this global platform is to increase the range and quantity of cultural content
available to all internet users, leading to the democratization of access to the arts and
preserving them for future generations. The Google Cultural Institute now works with over
850 partners in sixty countries and contains over six million artifacts. Visitors to the Google
Cultural Institute site can view exhibitions from seventeen partners in Poland.
Founded ten years ago, the National Audiovisual Institute is a modern cultural institution
that works to digitize, disseminate and promote Poland’s audiovisual heritage. The NInA’s
mission is to collect, archive, reconstruct and disseminate the most noteworthy works of
culture in the fields of cinema, music and theater.
The NInA is active both online and offline. It publishes most of its constantly expanding
collection on the internet, including over 5,500 pieces of cultural content in audio and video
form through the Ninateka online library (
resources — close to 10,000 pieces of content with a total runtime of over 3,000 hours — can be viewed on location at the NInA archives, housed in the institute’s newly-opened
building in Warsaw. The NInA is also the publisher of Dwutygodnik.com – an online cultural
magazine that reports on and reviews cultural and social issues in Poland and abroad — and
runs the School Musicotheque (
foster an interest in music among children and adolescents.
The National Audiovisual Institute operates offline at ul. Wałbrzyska 3/5 in Służew, Warsaw,
where it holds film screenings, exhibitions, debates, workshops, seminars and conferences
for professionals and amateurs in the field of the audiovisual arts, including families, youths
and seniors. Admission is free to all events.
The NInA fosters conscious consumers and creators of audiovisual culture, offers audiovisual
and “Culture 2.0” educational programs, and collaborates with experts in the fields of new
media, copyright, archiving and digital reconstruction.
From its inception, the institute has also been a publisher of many unique DVD and CD series
devoted to Poland’s most outstanding animated and documentary films, as well as the latest
work by contemporary composers and theater and opera directors. The NInA is a coproducer
of feature and documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated Joanna, by
Aneta Kopacz, Łukasz Barczyk’s Influenza, Borys Lankosz’s A Grain of Truth, and Another
World, directed by Dorota Kędzierzawska.
www.muzykotekaszkolna.pl, or visit us in person at the National Audiovisual Institute, ul.
Wałbrzyska 3/5, 02-739 Warsaw, Poland.
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