On November 20, 2020, we celebrate the 101st anniversary of the birth of Henryk Tomaszewski.
Henryk Tomaszewski (born November 20, 1919 in Poznań, died September 23, 2001 in Kowary) dancer, mime, choreographer, director, creator of team pantomime and founder of the Wrocław Pantomime Theater (1956). One of the most important Polish and world theater artists of the second half of the 20th century. Tomaszewski departed from the French tradition of pure mime, conducting multidirectional formal research in the area of team mime. His performances were often based on the classics of Polish and European literature (he staged, among others, works by Shakespeare, Wyspiański, Ionesco, Shaw, Ibsen, Słowacki, Weiss). Painting was also a rich source of inspiration for Tomaszewski, and he entrusted the artistic and musical setting of his performances with a significant role. He placed man and the creative possibilities of movement at the center of his artistic vision, which he called spherical theater.
As a director he worked in drama and opera theaters in Poland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany.
Henryk Tomaszewski was also a famous collector. The Municipal Toy Museum in Karpacz presents a collection from the collection of Henryk Tomaszewski, including toys from the 17th to the 20th century.
For outstanding services to national culture, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1996).