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Krzysztof Warlikowski: We Are Leaving (photo: Magda Hueckel)Krzysztof Warlikowski: We Are Leaving (photo: Magda Hueckel)

Krzysztof Warlikowski: We Are Leaving

Krzysztof Warlikowski

Prague Crossroads Festival

Prague Crossroads

Basic information




In Polish, surtitles in Czech, English, French, Russian


Premiere: Warsaw, June 14th, 2018


from Nov 21, 2020 (7 p.m.) to Nov 23, 2020 (7 a.m.) via YouTube channel Nowy Teatr

Avaible for free for watching anytime within given dates and hours via this link* below:


* (the link will be unblocked on Saturday Nov 21 at 7 p.m. and will stay active for 36 hours only)

We are leaving! It won’t be easy, but there will be no compromises. It’s high time we go! Let’s leave right now!


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025


After Suitcase Packers by
Krzysztof WarlikowskiPiotr Gruszczynski
Translation into Polish
Jacek Poniedziałek
Translation into Czech
Barbora Kolouchová
Stage director
Krzysztof Warlikowski
Sets and costumes
Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Light design
Felice Ross
Nowy Teatr


Krzysztof Warlikowski returns to the work of Hanoch Levin 12 years after the release of “Krum”, which was a great breakthrough in the stage reading of this author’s work and a huge success in Warlikowski’s career. This time, the director reaches for the „Suitcase Packers”. The time that elapsed since the first enstaging of Levin’s text marked the history of Poland and Europe with many dramatic turns. Once, Krum returned to his homeland after an unsuccessful expedition abroad, full of hope for fulfillment. Now, everyone is packing-up or dying. This great world migration of peoples in Levin’s text finds its local face and local scale, reflecting all the anxieties and movements taking place in the macro scale.

The direction in which Levin’s characters are headed is unknown but, undoubtedly, everyone is trying to move as far away from “here” as possible, and yet no one wants to leave home. When returning to his favorite authors, Warlikowski never settles for well trodden paths. A rebellion is brewing, a fight of maturity against the attempted appropriation of its territory of freedom and imprisonment in peaceful regimes in exchange for submission. Life does not bring peace even without politics, even less so when the times are hot!

Levin’s text, which is a starting point upon which the performance is being built, offers a wonderful gallery of characters which will be brought to life by the performative presence of Krzysztof Warlikowski’s company of Nowy Teatr in Warsaw. The play’s subtitle – „Comedy with Eight Funerals” – sounds like a subtitle of a musical piece suggesting a need to employ an excellent “orchestra” made up of great acting personalities, such as those with whom Warlikowski has been working for years.

So, we are leaving! It won’t be easy, but there will be no compromises. It’s high time we go! Let’s leave right now!

Co-production: Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris; La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand; Théâtre de Liège, Hellenic Festival, Athens; Bonlieu Scène national Annecy; CULTURESCAPES Switzerland, Basel

Financed from the funds of the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2021, as part of the "Cultural bridges" subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. 

Show duration: 1 h and 30 min

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Krzysztof Warlikowski: We Are Leaving
CULTURE.PL (Adam Mickiewicz Institute)Niepodległa (Independence)Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of PolandNowy Teatr