Cezary Goes to War
|9 December 2017
10 December 2017
10 December 2017
|Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków - Small Stage|
Directed by:Cezary Tomaszewski
This play is part of the Komuna Warszawa series “Before the War/War/After the War”. Cezary Tomaszewski draws on personal experience and recalls the time when he had to appear in front of an army conscription committee. This memory serves to carry out a funny, witty and spot-on critique of nationalistic war discourses that resonate with particular force in modern-day Poland. Using Moniuszko and Szostakiewicz’s compositions and “The Afternoon of a Faun” by Nijinsky, the director engages the audience in a series of subversive identity games which aim not only to undermine gender norms but also to turn the military ethos on its head. Four male performers and a woman pianist perform a music-dance-theatre-performance art deconstruction of patriotism and its values, the meaning of love for one’s homeland, and last but not least the social, psychological and cultural repercussions of war.
“Cezary Goes To War” deconstructs military ethos and pride, making the audience realize their toxic dimension and oppressiveness, strictly linked to the Polish national identity, especially the male version of it. The director shows not only the excluding factor of soldier images and their crucial role in the process of establishing and performing boyhood, but perversly confronts it with fiercely queer art and style. The play embodies a unique aesthetic, informed by cinema, that employs irony and satire to confront the audience with cruelty, symbolic violence and the appropriated language of military action, with its associated ideals and fantasies.
Directed by Cezary Tomaszewski
Script by Justyna Wąsik
Dramaturgy by Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak
Set design/Costumes by BRACIA (Agnieszka Klepacka, Maciej Chorąży)
Lights by Antoni Grałek
Music by Claude Debussy, Georg Friedrich Händel, Stanisław Moniuszko, Dimitr Szostakowicz
Michał Dembiński, Weronika Krówka, Oskar Malinowski, Bartosz Ostrowski, Łukasz Stawarczyk