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Catherine the Great

DATE   TIME   PLACE
11 December 2013
  20:30
  National Stary Theatre - Kameralna Stage #Kolonia

Directed by:

Wiktor Rubin

Author

Jolanta Janiczak

DURATION

90 min.

Tickets

50 PLN / 30 PLN

Wiktor Rubin’s play, which premiered at Żeromskiego Theatre in Kielce, questions so-called “historical truth” and the modes of narrating the past. Based on Jolanta Janiczak’s script, the performance not only tells the legendary story of Catherine the Great, but uses her case as a kind of a metaphor intended to reveal the mechanisms behind writing and producing history. The playwright’s ambition is not to create an objective narrative about the Empress’s life, nor to sketch out a psychologically credible portrait. Instead, Rubin and Janiczak make the audience realize that official historic discourses are always entangled in ideology and used to legitimize the power of the traditional patriarchal order. Presenting the action from the point of view of an extraordinary woman who had a unique chance to actually hold power, the director and playwright show us her process of training and disciplining her body on her “way to the throne”. At the same time, the stage language is quite strong and pointed and it pierces right through gender and cultural stereotypes, exposing gender and sex limitations not only from the past, but also from the present. 

Team

Directed by Wiktor Rubin

Play and dramaturgy by Jolanta Janiczak

Scenography and costumes by Mirek Kaczmarek

Photo by Michał Walczak

Cast

Elizabeth Romanovna: Joanna Kasperek

Chancelor: Dawid Żłobiński

Peter III:Wojciech Niemczyk

Catherine II: Marta Ścisłowicz

Joanna Without Number: Beata Pszeniczna

Paul I: Andrzej Plata

Alice in Wonderland: Dagna Dywicka

Grigory Orlov: Edward Janaszek

Elizaveta Vorontsova:  Ewelina Gronowska

Stanisław August Poniatowski: Tomasz Nosinski

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