ISSN 2451-2966


Paweł Mościcki

What Is the Theatrical Idea, or: How to Be Loved by Philosophy


This analysis of the directorial work of Weronika Szczawińska, based on an interpretation of her production How to Be Loved, demonstrates the staging strategies that the director employs and the main characteristics of her poetics. Mościcki shows that Szczawińska’s theatre is radically epic, its key element the ability – named after Walter Benjamin – to make gestures quotable. Gestures are used to stage memory as choreography or to penetrate ever deeper into the mechanisms of oppression and formatting.


epic theatre; gesture; citing; transgression; memory; affect;

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Paweł Mościcki

(1981), PhD, philosopher, essayist and translator. Assistant professor at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His articles and translations have been printed in such publications as Principia, Sztuka i filozofia, Arterie, Pamiętnik Literacki, Res Publica Nowa, Kresy, Glissando, Literatira na Świecie, Dialog and Theatre. The translator of books by Alain Badiou, Derek Attridge, Slavoj Žižek, and Jacques Rancière. Editor of the volume Maurice Blanchot: Literatura extremalna (Kraków 2007) and author of the books Polityka teatru. Eseje o sztuce angażującej (Warszawa 2008), Godard. Pasaże (2010), Idea potencjalności. Możliwość filozofii według Giorgio Agambena (2013), and My też mamy już przeszłość. Guy Debord i historia jako pole bitwy (2015).