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Frogs

DATE   TIME   PLACE
11 December 2018
  20:30
  The Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre — Chamber Stage
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Directed by:

Michał Borczuch

Author

Tomasz Śpiewak

Production

STUDIO teatrgaleria

DURATION

150 min.

Tickets

65 / 40

Michał Borczuch, winner of two Grand Prixes at the Divine Comedy (for “Everything about my Mother” (2016) and “Apocalypse” (2015)), created a stage patchwork – a contemporary counterpart of an antique mural. He mostly portrays the ancient Greek heritage and its impact on our customs and culture. He does not pretend to be a theatre archaeologist, doing his research on the foundations of the comedies by the most famous ancient comic playwright, Aristophanes. Instead, the scene sports a huge, corroded pipe, which connects us to the past, on the condition that we yield to the conventional nature of the situation. If we recognise that, as much as time and history have tried to sever our communication with the antiquity, we are still stretched between Hades and Dionysus and go on complaining about life, however much we fear meeting Charon. The two ideas crucial for the artists are beauty and good understood as a single concept: Kalokagathia. It expresses the concept of the personality of the human who is born unadjusted to life, and who only has to learn to live. Sexuality and intimacy in a relationship with another human being are an essential element here. It is presented from heterosexual and homosexual perspectives, filtered through the experiences of the artists at various levels of the taboo and exhibitionism, which leaves nobody indifferent. This is how the complex human nature described by Greeks and yielding to no standards or prohibitions shows from below the layer of customs regulated by the two millennia of Christianity and lay civilisation.

Team

Director: Michał Borczuch

Auteur production based on a script by Tomasz Śpiewak, based on excerpts from Aristophanes’ comedies (“Frogs”, “Clouds”, “Birds”), Krzysztof Niemczyk’s novel “Kurtyzana i pisklęta”, and improvisations by the actors

Sets and Costumes: Dorota Nawrot

Music: Bartosz Dziadosz

Lights Director: Jacqueline Sobiszewski

Choreography: Paweł Sakowicz

Cast

Dominika Biernat, Monika Obara, Marciń Pempuś, Halina Rasiakówna, Andrzej Szeremeta, Robert Wasiewicz, Ewelina Żak, Krzysztof Zarzecki, Jan Dravnel, Monika Niemczyk, Jan Sobolewski

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