Aleksander Bardini (b. 1913, Lodz - d. 1995, Warsaw), actor, director, and pedagogue. He graduated from two departments of the National Theatre Arts Institute - the Actors Department in 1935 and Directors Department in 1939. He worked at theatres in Lvov (1940-1941 and 1944-1945), Katowice (1945-1946), Münich, where he was the artistic manager, director and pedagogue at the Münchener Jiddisches Theater and became active at the Central Committee of Liberated Jews. He then emigrated to Canada but having failed to find work at theatre, he returned to Poland in 1950. For the rest of his life, he lived and worked in Warsaw as an actor, director, and pedagogue at Directors, Acting, and Stage Entertainers departments of the State College for the Dramatic Arts (PWST). He occupied prominent positions at the ZASP actors' union, at the Polish Centre of the ITI and its international Music Theatre Committee; he taught young actors at numerable workshops organised by the ITI abroad. Throughout his career he recorded programmes for the Polish Radio Theatre as an actor and director, and for his work received the highest radio award: Wielki Splendor (Great Splendour) in 1992. He was a demanding pedagogue appreciated and respected by his students, and his singing classes have become legendary in the PWST history. With his students, he prepared famous diploma performances: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (1958), and Cwiczenia z Szekspira (Exercises in Shakespeare) twice, in 1971 and 1972. He directed outstanding opera productions in which he was able to combine theatre and music with great success: Mussorgski's Boris Godunov (1960), Verdi's Othello (1969), Electra by R. Strauss (1971), and Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (1975); among his dramatic theatre productions the most notable and memorable were Mickiewicz's Dziady (Forefathers' Eve, 1955), Dear Liar by Kilty (1962), John Gabriel Borkman by Ibsen (1976); among his TV Theatre productions were: Love of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in his Garden by Garcia Lorca (1965), Three Sisters (1977) and Uncle Vanya (1976) by Chekhov; his most memorable theatre roles included Emanuel Giri in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Brecht, and Mirador in The Story of Vasco by Schéhadé at the Wspólczesny Theatre in Warsaw; he appeared in numerous films (Krajobraz po bitwie directed by Wajda; Urzad and Sprawa Gorgonowej directed by Janusz Majewski; Dekalog directed by Kieslowski). He very much appreciated his collaboration with symphonic orchestras as a reciter in musical pieces by such composers as Baird, Schönberg, and Honegger; he performed the part of Wlóczega (Vagabond) in the oratorio Odys placzacy (The Crying Odysseus, 1973) by Szeligowski for more than twenty years. As a pedagogue, he shared his knowledge not only with professionals; he is remembered for his consultations given to amateurs in special television programmes, at numerous festivals and workshops. The public was very fond of his presence not only because of his artistic achievements.
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