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Life’s a Stage
April 25, 2013   
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When in 2000 actor Emilian Kamiński set about looking for premises in Warsaw for his dream theater, he immediately knew he had found the right place when he stood in the courtyard of the old tenement house at 93 Solidarności Avenue. The building’s historic walls bore witness to the splendor of old Warsaw. And it is there that Kamiński knew he could reproduce the ambiance and atmosphere of prewar Warsaw theaters.

The building that today houses Kamiński’s theater has an interesting history. The original tenement house was built in 1909 on what in those days was 13 Leszno Street. Kamiński named the theater Kamienica, meaning tenement house, which was a typical building in old Warsaw.

The tenement house initially belonged to a rich Jewish leather trader, Misza Róg. During World War II, the building adjoined the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto established by the Germans in occupied Warsaw and was almost completely destroyed during the war. Only four levels of the building were rebuilt after 1945.

It took Kamiński five years to raise funds for his theater and another four years to find the venue and complete renovations to the building’s ground level and cellars, where every bit of space has been utilized. The renovation of the premises and courtyard cost zl.10 million.

As renovations progressed, particularly of the cellar areas, fascinating discoveries were made. Where the Ground Floor stage is located today there were the remains of a repository where the Torah was kept. Then, when constructing the Warsza Cellar, Kamiński found 100-year-old tiles under the cemented rubble. It is there and also where the restaurant areas have been built in the basement that the Polish Home Army (AK) helped Jews escape from the neighboring ghetto during the war.

The theater complex, totaling 2,000 sq m, has several stages, including the Oficyna for 300 people, the Ground Floor for more than 100 people, the Warsza Cellar with seating for about 80 people, as well as Our Warsaw, which can accommodate 60 people.

There is also a bar, restaurant and café where patrons can enjoy a complete evening, including a show and dinner or come for drinks and mingle with the theater’s actors and musicians.

Kamiński’s idea was to bring back the atmosphere of small theaters in prewar Warsaw. The Kamienica Theater opened in March 2009 on the 100th anniversary of when the tenement house was first built, and its repertoire takes from old Warsaw traditions while remaining modern and comedy-based. The theater’s repertoire is varied, providing entertainment to those who love musicals, comedy, concerts with songs from years gone by, tango dancing and more.

The Kamienica Theater is also looking for amateur artists who would like to present their talent on stage in the Warsza Cellar. The repertoire may be musical, vocal, cabaret or satire and anyone who has something interesting to share. The actors provide the repertoire, while the Kamienica Theater provides technical and lighting support.

Companies, institutions and individuals can hire out the entire Kamienica Theater or selected areas for private functions such as banquets, training workshops, jubilees or an elegant function for clients. The event can be combined with a show or a performance.

Jolanta Wolska
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