Siblings (Ritter, Dene, Voss)

Siblings (Ritter, Dene, Voss)

Thomas Bernhard
Dir. Krystian Lupa
Scena Kameralna
ul. Starowiślna 21
Siblings (Ritter, Dene, Voss)




3 h
2 intermissions


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Voss, a patient at a mental hospital, travels to his family home inhabited by his sisters, who are allowed to play at being actresses because they are shareholders in a theater. His visit exposes a family hell, a pathetic inability to make contact. Like prisoners in a cell, the protagonists pace about the room hung with portraits, and the impression of being in a cage is increased by the pole tied with steel wire at the front of the stage. “The space of everyday life contrasts the tragedy of unrequited dreams. There is tension and violence behind the superficial marasmus. The cast has a great hand in this. Piotr Skiba (a philosopher who dreams of writing his treatise on logic, in whose life one perceives facets of Wittgenstein’s biography), Agnieszka Mandat (Dene – his elder sister who mothers him), and Małgorzata Hajewska (the distanced Ritter) are terrifying in their performances. It is if, by incarnating themselves in their roles, they have become protagonists in a real tragedy. A remarkable play, in which the emotion is communicated by words spoken just so,” wrote Katarzyna Rakowska in Gazeta Wyborcza.