the un-divine comedy. 'M TELLING GOD!
|9 December 2015
||The National Stary Theatre in Krakow - Chamber Stage|
Directed by:Monika Strzępka
ProductionThe National Stary Theatre in Kraków
Inspired loosely by the play by Zygmunt Krasinski, which is considered a masterpiece of Romantic literature, the performance by the artistic duo Monika Strzępka/Paweł Demirski takes the audience on an unpredictable and satirical journey through a past and present national imaginarium. Unlike the original drama though, what is at stake here is not the dark, mystical vision of future Poland channeled through the poet’s text, but rather the atmosphere of an approaching revolution, which has a far less symbolic dimension in this particular staging. In Demirski’s adaptation, characters selected from the original play are confronted with modern pop-culture figures, like the protagonist of the movie The Wolf of Wall Street. The re-mixed and re-sculpted fabric of Krasiński’s text doesn’t get parodied so much as dropped into certain specific situations, and a world unfolding on stage dominated by a spinning carousel and a glass wall that reflects the actors moving past it. Certain phenomena taken directly from modern Polish theatre get mocked – for example, pretentious motifs from Sarah Kane’s early plays are presented alongside socially, politically and ideologically engaged discussions on the final shape of the upcoming revolt.
Strzępka once again uses the iconic favorite Creep by the band Radiohead, this time colliding with a bravura performance of a song by David Bowie and Tina Turner, putting an ironic twist on potentially serious content and storylines from the original play as well as its adaptation. The well-synchronized cast of the National Stary Theatre in Krakow, who deftly juggle a variety of acting conventions, amaze with their sense of humor and a theatrical breadth which can be felt throughout this interventionist, partly cabaret-like, partly quite serious play.
Directed by Monika Strzępka
Text and dramaturgy by Paweł Demirski
Scenography and costumes by Michał Korchowiec
Music by Jan Suświłło