Teatr Polonia: Le Bel Indifférent / The Sound of Silence

Time: 75 minutes, no intermission

Text: Jean Cocteau, translation and direction: Edward Wojtaszek, stage design and costumes: Weronika Karwowska
Cast: Natalia Sikora and Paweł Ciołkosz
Musicians: Wojciech Ruciński (arrangements and bass), Krzysztof Nowicki (guitar), Maurycy Idzikowski (trumpet)

It is April 1940. In a month, Nazis will invade France. In two, they will enter Paris. Meanwhile life in the city goes on. Piaf is 25 years old and local fame. Jean Cocteau, a total artist, painter, writer, poet, filmmaker and addictive consumer of opium, has nothing to do with women anymore, but he has a caprice to write something to the tastes of the petty-bourgeois audience. Édith – small, with a thrilling voice, full of complexes – is a muse and an ideal medium. The monologue of a woman in love waiting for a man and full of uncertainty when the indifferent lover appears, had its premiere at the Theatre des Bouffes-Parisiens. Divinely handsome Paul Meurisse accompanies the singer in a silent role. The play is an amazing success. On the photos of this staging Édith Piaf looks dazzling, hypnotizing, nobly.

Natalia Sikora plays the same role now. She is the spitting image of Piaf, as if Cocteau wrote this text just for her, over the ocean of time. “I have not encountered anything so amazing and so unusual for a long time – wrote Witold Sadowy, actor and critic who remembers the greatest giants of Polish theatre. – [Actress and singer] transforms in the eyes of the audience. Every sentence is deeply emotional. Her body is flexible. Face, eyes, hands and gestures express everything. Suffering, love and hatred for the lover. She begs him not to leave. To stay”.

Photo Kasia Chmura-Cegiełkowska

Foto: T. Walkow ©PPA