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The Bat

DATE   TIME   PLACE
9 December 2013
10 December 2013
  21:00
17:00
  National Stary Theatre - Main Stage #Helena

Directed by:

Kornél Mundruczó

Author

Kata Wéber, Kornél Mundruczó

Production

TR Warszawa

DURATION

135 min.

Tickets

80 PLN / 45 PLN

Acclaimed Hungarian director, Kornél Mundruczò, whose movie Tender Son, The Frankenstein Project was nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival, has created a dark and unusual play with the actors of TR Warsaw, based on motifs taken from a famous operetta, The Bat, by Johann Strauss Jr. The action of the performance takes place in a modern clinic of death, in the middle of winter, right before New Year’s. The director gathers characters of various age, sex and experience into a single closed space, and makes them confront moral and ethical dilemmas about freedom of choice and issues of who should have the final say and control over a human life. Bitter and cynical dialogues gradually expose hidden fears and regrets resulting from the helplessness experienced when facing the ultimate challenge. Mundruczò uses the conventions of a comic opera in an ironic way so as to reveal one of the main ills of our times – not knowing how to talk about the metaphysical aspects of our existence without sarcasm. He creates a sterile world where a decision to end a person’s life and discussing euthanasia seem much easier than a simple, honest talk about one’s feelings and emotions. 

Team

Directed by Kornél Mundruczò

Script by Kata Wéber, Kornél Mundruczó

Scenography and costumes by Márton Ágh 


Music by János Szemenyei


Dramaturgy by Gábor Thur

Lights and video by Kornél Mundruczó

Photo by Kuba Dąbrowski

Cast

Małgorzata Buczkowska, Roma Gąsiorowska, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Justyna Wasilewska, Rafał Maćkowiak, Dawid Ogrodnik, Sebastian Pawlak, Adam Woronowicz

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