A Tale of Two Museums
Ester Rachel Kaminska Theater Museum Collection

Ida Kaminska, 1899-1980

photo Ida box 37032.jpg
Ida directed Gordin.jpg

Description

A program from a production of Homeless by Jacob Gordin directed by Ida Kaminska at the Warsaw Yiddish Art Theater. 
mir froyen.jpeg

Title

Ida Kaminska, 1899-1980

Date

1937

Subject

Program from Teater "Metropolitain"

Description

Although acting since she was a child, Ida Kaminska came of age as a director in interwar Poland. In 1918, she married the actor and director Zygmunt Turkow, a product of Polish theater schools.Together, they founded the VYKT (Varshever Yidisher Kunst Teater, Warsaw Yiddish Art Theater), which functioned on and off primarily during the 1920s. After her divorce from Turkow in 1932, she founded her own companies with which she continued to tour. The VYKT and its successors staged plays rooted in Jewish folk life, such as works by Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916) and Sholem Asch (1880-1957), but their central mission was to bring world theater to their Jewish audiences. 

Kaminska played Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Grushenka in The Brothers Karamazov, and scores of roles in the works of writers such as Eliza Orzeszkowa (1841-1910), Romain Rolland (1866-1944), Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953), and Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956). As a young man, familiar only with Yiddish operettas, the Polish Jewish novelist Julian Strijkowski (1905-1996) saw Kaminska perform the role of an unrepentant revolutionary on her way to the gallows in Leonid Andreyev’s (1871-1919) The Seven Who Were Hanged. “For the first time,” he writes, “I saw a real actress in a real theater.”



Source

RG8

Publisher

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Rights

YIVO owns the compilation of content that is posted on this website, which consists of text, images, and/or audio, and video. However, YIVO does not necessarily own each component of the compilation. Some content is in the public domain and some content is protected by third party rights. It is the user's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in YIVO websites.

The materials on this web site may be used for personal, research and educational purposes only. Publication (including posting on the Internet and online exhibitions) or any other use without prior authorization is prohibited. Please visit https://www.yivo.org/Rights-Reproductions for more information about use of materials from this website.

YIVO has employed due diligence in seeking to identify copyright holders of the materials in this compilation. We invite any copyright owners who are not properly identified to contact us at yivomail@yivo.cjh.org.

Citation

“Ida Kaminska, 1899-1980,” YIVO Online Exhibitions, accessed June 22, 2021, https://ataleoftwomuseums.yivo.org/items/show/2178.
Submit a transcription, translation or additional information on the song or the performer