Day eight: meet the divine jury

11 December 2015

Today we start with a meeting with Krystian Lupa. The long-awaited Polish premiere of his latest production "Heroes' Square" is a special event of this year's Divine Comedy festival. We will have the opportunity to watch in on Monday. In the meantime, we are reaching the peak of festival excitement. Today there are three contest performances, starting with the biographical drama "The Birth of Friedrich Demuth" directed by Maciej Wojtszko (3:30 p.m.), who rediscovers a forgotten episode from Charles Marx's and Friedrich Engels's lives.

At 6:15 p.m. the audience, together with the jurors, whom we met earlier in the day at the press conference, plunge into the third part of Janiczak-Rubin's triptich: "Countess Bathory." This time, the artists decided to draw their inspiration from another historical character: Elizabeth, sister to the Polish king Stephen Bathory, called "the Vampire of Transylvania." Her supposed depression, inhibited agression and fear of aging becomes a part of an a-narrative structure with elements of performance. The last show of the day is "The Blacks" directed by Iga Gańczarczyk. In her production, based on the famous play by Jean Genet and played by all-female cast, the director speaks against cultural stereotypes regarding ethnicity and gender.

In the PARADISO section (Young Artists) we offer two showings of Magda Szpecht's award-winning performance "The Dolphin Who Loved Me." The production is based on a true story of a woman who in the 1960s took part in NASA research on potential communication between people and dolphins. Tomorrow is the final day of contest performances and the very peak of festival excitement: the announcement of the divine winners.