Ireneusz Krosny was born in Poland in 1968. Between 1982 and 1992 he worked with three amateur pantomime groups, one after another, of which “Scena Pantomimy KUL,” created and conducted by himself, was the most important one. In 1992 he began the professional, solo activity under the name “One Mime Theatre”. During the 1995/96 theatrical season, Ireneusz Krosny took part in three professional comedy festivals in Poland. He won all of them having been awarded three times the Grand Prix. It opened him the way to mass media including TV, where he successfully realised a lot of his own programmes.
The following year, at the first performances of the new comic festival “Kataryniarze” he was again awarded the Grand Prix. That year was the beginning of his international career. He performed in all of Europe Europe, Northern America and Asia. In the U.S.A. he was awarded the Critic ‘s Choice of the prestige American artists’ magazine the Chicago Reader. He was guest at the Chunchon International Mime Festival, the most important mime festival in Asia (South Korea) and other festivals, such as the “Lachmesse”(Germany), “Kaukliar” festival (Slovakia), Bodylanguage Festival (Sweden), “Fringe” (Great Britain), “Festival du Rire” w Montreux (Switzerland), ”Meet in Beijing” (China), “Ingenio Comedy Festival” (Spain), “Stockholm Comedy Festival” (Sweden).
Ireneusz Krosny is undoubtedly the most famous and recognizable comic mime in Poland. He is loved by his audience in Poland. By his art, the clarity and originality of form he has gained a large public all over the world. Ireneusz Krosny has created comic pantomime spectacles. The power of his miming comes from two sources:
- The first is his extraordinary creativity. His etudes describe both the history and present day aspects of public and social life. In his scenes, he doesn’t avoid the absurd or abstraction. Each etude is completed with a surprising point, sending a message.
- The second source is Krosny ‘s own original style. He has created his own original technique of miming, transparent like the elocution of the actor, making each movement understandable, without attracting attention to the technique itself.
This gives the spectator the feeling that miming is an easy work. He doesn’t use a makeup. In particular he doesn’t whiten his face. Krosny always performs in a black, neutral costume. The Chicago Reader when awarding Krosny with its prize, described him with the words – “fresh, funny, irresistible.”
About the performance : “The point of view”
The performance consists of many original comical etudes. Etudes aren’t linked by any plot or narration. Each of them is as a whole play, separated and closed with its own topic or plot “talking” in a satiric way about a human being in realities of the XX century, or going out to other topics, comes up to absurdity and abstraction. The etudes have, however three things in common. They have the same form – all presented by classical language of pantomime, without words, without set, with a requisite appearing out of spite. All are acted by one mime only, what presses him to try in full all means of body language. Finally, all these etudes have one aim in common – they are to entertain the audience, to make them laughing, to show them their daily routines from different point of view, to give them one hour of good time. In this way they make the whole play, the play, which form and plot is led by “strategy of laughter”. The spectator is bursting out of laughing, constantly introduced in different kinds of humour; laughing up to the tears come.