|9 December 2014
Directed by:Krzysztof Garbaczewski
ProductionPolish Theatre in Wrocław
Tickets65 PLN / 40 PLN
After directing plays based on Ivona, Princess of Burgundia and Possessed, Krzysztof Garbaczewski takes on a book by Witold Gombrowicz that was published only recently, many years after the author’s death, and announced as “the biggest literary sensation of 2013”. In reality Kronos turned out to be loose scribbling from journals – reflections on the dullness of the everyday, full of repetitions, enumerations and mundane observations. Here the director adapts an anti-theatrical text that is devoid of typical plot action. The book becomes an excuse to reveal and analyze mechanisms that produce memory in both of its dimensions: individual and cultural. Words from Gombrowicz’s novel are projected onto a screen, in the style of “breaking news”, in an ironic way – all the more so when compared with readers’ expectations, which the book has no chance of living up to. The Polish Theatre actors read, speak, and create their own intimate diaries on stage, and share dirty stories from their lives: seemingly irrelevant reflections and boring confessions that are inevitably doomed to oblivion.
Garbaczewski not only thematizes the hypocrisy of the media, but also deconstructs approaches to it within the theatre, hence the writing that appears at the very beginning of the piece that informs the audience that the “show is canceled”. Breaking from a linear narrative, the director juxtaposes Gombrowicz’s dense text with autobiographical confessions from his actors, music composed by Julia Marcell, and video material, creating a complex and multi-layered performance of memory. The stage, decorated with silver figures that resemble neurons, becomes a space of formal and aesthetic experimentation, but also transforms itself into “a neurosurgery laboratory”. The brain is operated on, and the thoughts and memories of Gombrowicz, the actors, and the audience are conceptualized and fabricated as we watch a carefully designed and truly interdisciplinary vivisection of cultural and biological determinants of how and what we remember.
Adapted and directed by Krzysztof Garbaczewski
Scenography by Aleksandra Wasilowska
Costumes by Svenja Gassen
Video by Robert Mleczko
Lighting design by Bartosz Nalazek
Music by Julia Marcell
Sylwia Boroń/Małgorzata Gorol, Agnieszka Kwietniewska, Halina Rasiakówna, Ewa Skibińska, Janka Woźnicka, Marta Zięba, Adam Cywka, Andrzej Kłak, Cezary Łukaszewicz, Marcin Pempuś, Paweł Smagała, Adam Szczyszczaj, Wojciech Ziemiański