Premiere: “Polish dreams / Les rêves polonais”
On April 22nd at 7:15 pm on the Big Stage of the National Stary Theatre the long awaited premiere of the play “Polish Dreams / Les rêves polonais” by the duet Jędrzej Piaskowski/Hubert Sulima based on Michał Bałucki’s Neighbours will take place.
he work of Michał Bałucki, a nineteenth-century Krakow playwright, gave the creators of this play a pretext to discuss our identity, or indeed, how we imagine it. How we would like to see ourselves, think about ourselves, what we’d like to believe in, and what we’d prefer to forget. And above all, it is a play about our dreams of Poland — sometimes touching, sometimes amusing, often moving to tears.
The artists have based their performance on the comedy “Neighbours,” situating it in the pastiche convention of the national fairy tale. Through this gesture, they not only back up the comic potential in Bałucki’s work, they also have a look at the dreams of returning to a marvellous, safe, and idealized past (a retrotopia) that are presently a recurring part of our public debate. A sign of this nostalgic yearning is the enormous popularity of historical reconstruction groups in Poland, but we can find many more traces around us as well.
“The setting is nineteenth-century Galicia, in other words, the here and now…”
Natalia Kaja Chmielewska
Reżyseria: Jędrzej Piaskowski
Scenariusz/dramaturgia: Hubert Sulima
Scenografia: Anna-Maria Karczmarska, Mikołaj Małek
Kostiumy: Rafał Domagała
Choreografia: Kasia Sikora
Kompozycja: Jacek Sotomski
Reżyseria świateł: Monika Stolarska
Asystent reżysera: Filip Pawlik
Inspicjent/sufler: Zbigniew S. Kaleta
PREMIERE: April 22 / Big Stage