Leszek Kołakowski (1927- 2009) – a distinguished Polish philosopher – by creating the “Tales from the Kingdom of Lailonia”, he left the readers an excellent gift: an opportunity to get closer to the world of philosophy via literary stories. Each of the stories presented fascinates with a number of possible interpretations. Reading these brilliant philosophical tales is a literary and intellectual pleasure. The play, directed by Konrad Dworakowski, is an attempt to deconstruct the real world taking place primarily at the visual level. The six etudes are based on the material from which both the world and history arise. From the separated elements, the artists build a fantasy world named Lailonia. It being a reflection of space or relations with which we have to do in the real world. The connection of literature, philosophy and theatre is a perfect occasion to talk about some fundamental issues. The performance is accompanied by philosophizing workshops.
What does anger soup taste like? How does fear sound? What do a plaster, a handkerchief and an onion have to do with sadness? How to distinguish real fun from affected joy? The authors of the performance “Echy i achy, chlipy i chachy” (“Ahs and Ohs, Snivels and Spatters”) take children on a trip to the realm of emotions. Passing through the subsequent stations with the actors, little travelers look into various boxes, which let out vivid sounds, instruments and objects, thus putting them in mind of different feelings. What the artists conjure up on the stage is anger, fear, sadness and joy, evoked by means of the counting-out rhymes, the rhythm, the mime, the gestures and the association games. The show lets ‘the most youngest’ spectators experience, become familiar with and get to like varied emotional states along with the characters in a friendly and safe manner.