Category: theater

CINEMA OF MORAL ANXIETY

The performance is inspired by H.D. Thoreau’s Walden; or, Life in the Woods and the cinema of moral anxiety, especially the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Andrzej Wajda. Contrasting Thoreau’s nineteenth-century manifesto about a simple life in harmony with nature and the cinema of our parents’ generation, which reacted directly to the social and political events happening in Poland in the 1970s… Read more »

BLACK PARROTS

In Alejandro Moreno Jashés’ Black Parrots, the protagonist’s eyes at the moment of ecstasy or a heart attack refuse to cooperate and, turning their backs on the world, begin their journey deep into the human body. However, there is no inner light in the human body, only darkness, which – contrary to the logic of… Read more »

FROGS

Premiere_6.05.2018_Teatr Studio_in_Warsaw

CALL OF CTHULU

The writer of “dream literature despised by critics” (in the words of Michel Houellebecq), H.P. Lovecraft managed to do a thing as difficult as establishing a new religion. He created an integral myth of Cthulhu, ancient old gods whose civilization preceded the appearance of man on Earth and who return to the horror of the characters-narrators of… Read more »

FAUST

All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and people finally have to look realistically at their standing in life as well as their mutual relations. (Marx, The Communist Manifesto) In a culture saturated with images, where the sense of sight has a dominant position and the dispute between iconoclasm and iconophilia… Read more »

ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER

All About My Mother alludes to the film by Pedro Almódovar, but it is not a theatrical adaptation of the film. It is a personal project of Michał Borczuch and Krzysztof Zarzecki, inspired by the artists’ real mothers, who both died of cancer in 1986 and 1998. The production was created by their adult sons,… Read more »

MY STRUGGLE

6 volumes, 3600 pages, translations into several dozen languages, millions of copies sold. Karl Ove Knausgård’s “My Struggle” series of novels is the runaway success on the publishing market in recent years. Knausgård describes his whole life, from childhood to adulthood. One night at TR Warszawa is all you need to get to know his… Read more »

APOCALYPSE

The performance was inspired by a recording of the last interview with Pier Paolo Pasolini and the work of the journalist Oriana Fallaci. Pasolini and Fallaci met in New York in mid. 1960s. The director was then known as the author of “Mamma Roma” and “The Gospel According to St. Matthew”. In Europe he was… Read more »

PARADISO

Paradiso tells a story vaguely inspired with the final book of Dante’s Divine Comedy, namely Paradise. The performance was produced in collaboration with Farma Życia, Poland’s only centre for permanent stay of adults with autism. Apart from three professional actors, who play on stage the role of guides in the created world, the participants include… Read more »

QUAY WEST. RETURN TO THE DESERT

The script for the performance was based on “Return to the Desert” and “Quay West” by Bernard-Marie Koltes, the major representative of French theatre of absurd. In this diptych, the director attempts to capture the world in a moment of subtle change. In the docks of New York, in the zone of immigrants of colour… Read more »

YOU’D
BETTER
NOT GO THERE

We are going to the forest. We depart from the station in Szamocin to the local orphanage. Around 20 minutes under strict supervision and guidance of children. There are only restrictions and orders, for example the order of walking in pairs, imposed with vengeful joy on strangers of the same sex. Children reach the state… Read more »

WAR’S
UNWOMANLY
FACE

The performance is based on a book by Svetlana Alexievich. The main characters are women who as young girls went in their summer dresses and high heels to fight for their motherland. Yet, they are not able do speak about the war as something heroic. Women from the countryside, from cities, simple and educated, women… Read more »

THE SNOW
QUEEN

The performance introduces a new dramatic genre – a para-fairy-tale, working as a combination of para-documentary and a fairy tale for adults. This attempt at renegotiating the genre contains new elements. On the one hand, there is a community of researchers: improvised impersonations of polar regions explorers that live in a station in Antarctica –… Read more »

HANS, DORA AND THE WOLF

The script is based on texts by S. Freud: “Analysis of a Phobia in a Five-Year-Old Boy” and “Fragments of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria” The performance creates three portraits basing on three famous stories of Freud’s cases: an analysis of a phobia experienced by a five-year-old boy (Little Hans), an analysis of… Read more »

BRAND.
CITY.
THE CHOSEN ONES

The performance is based on Henrik Ibsen’s “Brand” and “Little Eyolf”, which were treated as a starting point for a story about chaos-ridden community – the city. It is a city filled with homeless people who refuse to settle down. With those who are the most determined to protect their own waste that they had… Read more »

THE METAPHYSICS OF A TWO-HEADED CALF

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz’s play was written in 1921, seven years after his exotic excursion with the ethnographer Bronisław Malinowski. The action takes place in Papua-New Guinea and Australia, where the protagonist, Karmazyniello, fights against his family to find the truth about his origin. For the director, exoticism in Witkacy’s play works as a pretext to… Read more »

TWELFTH NIGHT, OR
WHAT YOU WILL

You can feel the sun on your face, sand and salt. You wipe your eyes and they fill with tears. Stinging and pain. It is only now that the body fatigued by the fight against the night storm awakes. Salt water between fingers. An open wound does not let you get up. You are a… Read more »

WERTHER

The story of Werther begins when fatigue yet again forces one to look away from the world. When everything around us is only cruel. What to do when reality seems but a trace left by the receding wave? Look for peace in the ruins of nature? Fall in love? But what if everything remains strange?… Read more »

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

Inspired with camp aesthetics, the performance presents the contemporary generation of metropolitan 30-year-olds: the masters of life. Dorian Gray, a young man of hypnotic beauty, poses for his new portrait created by Basil Hallward. This common event leads to the immersion in the world of young hedonists. Dorian’s youthful ideals become devalued under the influence… Read more »

THE EVENING
OF ORPHANS

“The evening of orphans” is a fictional conference, a gathering of orphans who prepare (perhaps) a new social revolution. The performance is based on texts by Janusz Korczak: from “Child of the Drawing Room” and “King Matt I” to his “Diary” written in the ghetto: pieces of journalism and educational writings. Born in 1879, Janusz… Read more »

LULU

The performance is based on the scandalous, often censored text by Frank Wedekind. The original, five-act text had until 1988 stayed in the safe of the inheritors of the writer, who had met with the opposition of publishers and theatre directors. Several times it was accused of promoting obscenity, and one of the editions of… Read more »

LEONCE AND LENA

The performance tells a story of people who devote all their life energy to work and receive no reward for it, as well as about young people who stop working as a form of rebellion and suddenly discover who they really are. Read today, “Leonce and Lena” is no longer a romantic comedy. It is… Read more »

GREAT MAN OF SMALL
BUSINESS

The performance is based on a text by count Aleksander Fredro, a classic of Polish romantic comedy, a poet and a freemason. Emotions, the lack of emotions, and appearances are among the main topics of the performance. Obscene poems bring up an important and relevant problem of the lack of middle ground between Fredro’s imported… Read more »

COMPOnents

Małgorzata Owsiany’s text (a story of a hopeless life of a group of young drug addicts from a Warsaw district) served only as a sketch for the performance and for the work on dialogues. The aim was to awaken the dead, journalist matter to life and to channel it also inside the characters. The focus… Read more »