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Margarete: Janek Turkowski

Oct 8 - Oct 12: Goethe-Institut

"I rarely leave theater so much convinced that what I just saw is a touch of the unattainable, yet important and significant."  teatrblog.pl


In 2008 Janek Turkowski discovered a cardboard box containing 64 8mm film reels in a market in North Germany, close to the Polish border. Each of the films included images of the same woman, Margarete Ruhbe.

Captivated by the subject of these celluloid reels, he embarked on an artistic reconstruction of a life of a woman he didn’t know. Margarete tells the story that unfolded from this curiosity-driven purchase, and how it prompted one man’s private investigation into the identity of a person who left only a slight mark on silent film.

In intimate surroundings, Turkowski leads his audience on a journey of discovery, set against images of the Communist Bloc. Using digital and 8mm projections, he presents his reflections on memory and how it is recorded.

Presented in association with the Goethe-Institut Irland.
With the support of the Polish Embassy in Ireland.

Duration: Approx. 55 mins. No interval.


  • Margarete Ruhbe
  • Martyna Głowacka
  • Adam Ptaszyński
  • Marcin Piątkowski
  • Janek Turkowski

Set Design:

  • Wiesława Turkowska
  • Martyna Głowacka
  • Janek Turkowski


  • Roger Anklam
  • Przemek Radar Olszewski


  • Jeannette Boettcher
  • Marcin Piątkowski
  • Andrzej Wojtasik

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