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A hysterical bout of laughter from Czepiec and the Journalist follows the famous words “What news in politics, good sir?”, just before a wall of noise from the black metal group Furia blasts out, striking up the dance for the wedding-guests – this is the dynamic beginning of The Wedding AD 2017 in Jan Klata’s rendition. Instead of the picturesque Bronowice hut, we have a land in perpetual reconstruction, but the director does not exert himself to update the drama: the scaffolding designed by Justyna Łagowska wrapped in black plastic, the tree stump, and the empty chapel create a disquieting backdrop where two separate worlds can meet. The two sides – the blasé city-dwellers devoid of verve and charisma and the bawdy “folk” full of vivacity and blindly seeking a vent for their emotions – only unite in moments of trance-like dance. Around the stage, on four monumental pedestals stand musicians with black-and-white faces (contemporary Straw-men). The action plays itself out in time to their music, “half mocking, half serious,” but in the ecstatic moments the choreographic arrangements by Maćko Prusak bring the temperature to a boil. A moment later the protagonists sink into another marasmus, “only fiddling with their dreams,” eternally awaiting a sign.

Because of the loud music, stopwatches will be available before the performance. The performance is not recommended for viewers under 16.

Cast:

  • Anna Dymna Radczyni
  • Monika Frajczyk Bride
  • Małgorzata Gorol Black Knight
  • Ewa Kaim Haneczka
  • Katarzyna Krzanowska Rachel
  • Beata Paluch Host’s Wife
  • Jaśmina Polak Maryna
  • Anna Radwan Zosia
  • Bartosz Bielenia Priest
  • Maciej Charyton Kacper
  • Juliusz Chrząstowski Host
  • Krystian Durman Jasiek
  • Roman Gancarczyk Journalist
  • Grzegorz Grabowski Kuba
  • Mieczysław Grąbka Jew
  • Zbigniew W. Kaleta Poet
  • Zbigniew Kosowski Hetman
  • Radosław Krzyżowski Groom
  • Ryszard Łukowski Granddad / Spectre
  • Zbigniew Ruciński Vernyhora
  • Krzysztof Zawadzki Czepiec
  • Edward Linde-Lubaszenko, Jan Peszek Stanczyk **
  • Elżbieta Karkoszka Klimina
  • Andrzej Kozak Jasiek
  • Michał Kuźniak Straw-man
  • Mikołaj Głowacki, Janusz Jarecki, Grzegorz Sterliński, Krzysztof Szczygieł, Wojciech Szczygieł, Sławomir Wojciechowski

Jan Klata Director, Adaptation
Justyna Łagowska Set Design / Costumes / Lights Director
Maćko Prusak Choreography
FURIA Music
Piotr Halter Set Designer Assistant
Łukasz Kamiński, Adam Gajewski Sound Producer
Katarzyna Gaweł Stage Manager, Prompter, Assistant Director
Paweł Sablik, Andrzej Błażewicz Director's Assistants

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