Nowy Teatr @en
Krzysztof Warlikowski @en
directed by: Krzysztof Warlikowski
adaptation : Jacek Poniedziałek, Piotr Gruszczyński, Krzysztof Warlikowski
stage and costume design: Małgorzata Szczęśniak
music: Paweł Mykietyn, Renate Jett, Piotr Maślanka, Paweł Stankiewicz
songs (lyrics and performance): Renate Jett
lighting design: Felice Ross
video: Paweł Łoziński, Kacper Lisowski, Rafał Listopad
cast: Magdalena Cielecka, Ewa Dałkowska, Renate Jett, Małgorzata Hajewska–Krzysztofik/Danuta Stenka, Maja Ostaszewska/Jolanta Fraszyńska/Anna Radwan–Gancarczyk, Magdalena Popławska, Anna Radwan–Gancarczyk/Monika Niemczyk, Andrzej Chyra, Wojciech Kalarus, Marek Kalita, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Adam Nawojczyk, Jacek Poniedziałek, Maciej Stuhr, Tomasz Tyndyk
musicians: Paweł Bomert, Piotr Maślanka, Paweł Stankiewicz, Fabian Włodarek
co-production: Festival d’Avignon, Théatre National de Chaillot, Théatre de la Place de Liege, Comédie de Geneve-Centre Dramatique, Théatre Royal de la Monnaie de Bruxelles, Stary Teatr im. Heleny Modrzejewskiej w Krakowie
Krzysztof Warlikowski’s new project takes on the problem of sacrifice and self-sacrifice. It asks questions about the sense of sacrifice, the mechanisms of legitimizing suffering, the limits of love, self-sacrifice and cruelty. It talks about the mechanism of violence and power with sacrifice, also voluntary, being its inseparable element. About the experience of trauma and the cruel side of human nature that is pushed outside the margins of humanity. It presents the stories of three women who experienced sacrifice in the name of different values and in different circumstances. Iphigenia is sacrificed by her father Agamemnon. She agrees to die for her country‘s sake. Alcestis, who gives up her life for the life of her husband Admetus and Apolonia Machczyńska, who died, because during the war she was hiding more than twenty Jews. Bringing together texts by Aeschylus, Euripides, Hanna Krall, J. M. Coetze and many others, Warlikowski confronts the history of an ancient family doomed to experience violence and revenge with the trauma of Extermination that we still haven’t managed to deal with. And so we set upon a journey through this great slaughter, the history of humanity.
Teatr Nowy in Warsaw opened in the season 2009/2010 with (A)pollonia directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, who created the theatre together with a group of his regular collaborators. Nowy Teatr aims at expanding the space for discourse with the audience, not limiting itself only to strictly theatrical projects. It wants to provide space for new artistic situations, open for any kind of work by hosted artists and curators, a space for bigger audience.