Adapted and Directed
by Francois Lazaro
Supported, in part, by grants from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Stephen Batory Foundation.
BANIALUKA, one of the oldest puppet theatres in Poland, was established in 1947 by two Bielsko painters, Zenobiusz Zwolski and Jerzy Zitzman. Since its founding, well known artists, painters, directors, composers and writers have collaborated on the development of new works. Banialuka is best known for its full stage productions using live actors, masked figures, objects and rod puppets. The artistic background of its founders has influenced the technical style of Banialuka throughout its history, making scenography one of the essential elements in all of its work. The repertoire consists of plays based on legends, fairy tales, and on contemporary Polish and world literature.