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Dybbuk

DATE   TIME   PLACE
12 December 2016
13 December 2016
  18:00
18:00
  Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków - Large Stage
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Directed by:

Anna Smolar

Author

Szymon An-Ski, Ignacy Karpowicz

DURATION

80 min.

Tickets

40/65 PLN

Anna Smolar’s play is inspired by a drama written by Szymon An-ski, here dramaturgically revised by Ignacy Karpowicz. The story of a group of teachers and their students struggling with the tragic death of one of their own is used by the artists as a springboard to discuss contemporary topical issues. When the ghost of a dead boy, the titular Dybbuk, takes over the earthly body of a girl he loves, it starts off a complicated, multi-level tale about the relationship between the living and the dead, specifically about the repressed fears, secrets, demons and skeletons in the closet of the members of this closed community—and elsewhere. The spiritual and cultural reality of a Jewish commune at the beginning of the twentieth century, synonymous with Otherness, collides dramatically with a world that looks uncannily familiar, as Freud would say. Fictional motifs and tropes are interwoven with personal anecdotes delivered by the actors, as well as pop-culture references and stereotypical notions of what characterizes Jewishness. 

The director, with the cast of the Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz, takes a closer look at the mechanisms of exclusion and school violence, and reflects upon notions of guilt and responsibility. Embarrassing problems and unresolved traumas come back, gathering strength and multiplying even in seemingly innocent and lighthearted dialogue. But the source of performative fun in “Dybbuk” lies not in demythologizing the past and its painful consequences, but rather in a perverse play on the audience’s expectations about what such a theatrical tale should look like. 

Recommended by CoJestGrane 24

 

Team

Directed by Anna Smolar

Dramaturgy by Ignacy Karpowicz and the Cast

Asistant Director Hanna Maciąg

Scenography and costumes by Anna Met

Asistant Set Designer: Marta Kuliga

Music by Natalia Fiedorczuk

Lighting design by Michał Głaszczka

Stage Manager: Hanna Gruszczyńska

 

Cast

Mirosław Guzowski, Hanna Maciąg, Irena Melcer, Maciej Pesta, Sonia Roszczuk, Jan Sobolewski, Michał Wanio, Małgorzata Witkowska

 

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