History Will Pervert You All

Songs by Julian Tuwim or Andrzej Włast bring us back to the interwar period. What images do we associate this “golden era” with? Cabaret, lavishness, multicultural society and development of the newly reborn Polish country. We have decided to scratch off the golden foil from this idealised vision of the Interbellum in order to uncover its true face: poverty, ruthless exploitation of workers, antisemitism. In our versions of the songs, we show how traumas from the past are blurred with nostalgia and romanticisation of history. 

In this project, we have chosen lyrics written by authors of Jewish descent: to show their impact on the development of cabaret song and to emphasise that this contribution has been forgotten.