Jaśmina Polak (gościnnie)
A graduate of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków (2014).
19 May 2014 – The Stary Theatre, Kraków
Jaśmina Polak made her acting debut when she was cast in “The Road to Damascus”, directed by Jan Klata – a contemporary version of Strindberg’s mystical play. Since then she has succeeded in playing several full-blooded characters, for example in Liber’s “The Old Woman Broods” and in Klata’s “King Lear”, which received the Golden Yorick Prize at the Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival. As the only woman among male actors (Klata’s production of this play was set in the Vatican), she garnered reviewers’ attention with her double role as Cordelia/The Fool: ‘This quite funny companion of the king, dressed as if straight off of a haute couture catwalk, meanders around the papal state, trickling not poison, but rationalism, into Lear’s ear’ (Katarzyna Oczkowska, Teatralia). Her next challenge was to play a murder victim in the intriguing play “The Gorgonowa Affair” by the Janiczak/Rubin duo: ‘Lusia (Jaśmina Polak) could reveal the truth to us while she stands on the stage, but she prefers to talk about herself rather than about the murder: about the emotions she felt before she died, about how her body is laid out. She’s not interested in the truth – “truth is just a bad mental habit”’. In the theatrically stunning variation on “Hamlet” directed by Krzysztof Garbaczewski, she played the character of ‘Ophelia, alluring in her light-heartedness and simultaneously obstinate in her attempt to shape herself’.
This actress seduced audiences with the role of old Ivan Tryletzki (in Bogomolov’s staging of “Platonov,” which miscast the actors in terms of age and gender), as Jacek Cieślak noted in Teatr: “The most radical player is Jaśmina Polak. She brings an utterly contemporary touch in how she undermines the nobility of the old general Ivan Tryletzki.” The expressiveness and improvisatory talent of the young actress were skillfully used by Paweł Miśkiewicz, who gave her a role in Jelinek’s “Supplicants,” which tackled the issue of immigrants.
While she was still a student, Jaśmina Polak enraptured audiences with her daringly portrayed role of Hesia in the TV production of “The Morality of Mrs. Dulska”, directed by Marcin Wrona, which was awarded a prize at the Two Theatres Festival in Sopot 2013. Cinema-goers became acquainted with her as Ola in the film “Hardkor Disko” by Krzysztof Skonieczny; for this role, she received an award for “female acting debut” at the 39th edition of the Gdynia Film Festival.