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 examine family relations.

Protagonists of the performance make a journey in a hot climate that forces them to verify their desires and needs that would have remained frozen in a moderate climate. In thus constructed laboratory emotions are being exaggerated and pushed to the surface. Paradoxically, the more the notion of the family is dead, the more it is alive, becoming an obsession of contemporary people, undergoing psychological treatment to cure the trauma of childhood.