THE DISRUPTED ODYSSEY

Disrupted odyssey,the play made by cooperation of Polish and Macedonian artists, is based on real and extraordinary events. In the year of 1948, from the lands of brutal civil war in Greece’s Aegean Macedonia communist partisans are evacuating Macedonian and Greek children – scared, famished and suffering. Having passed a difficult journey, some of them travel to Poland, where they find their true home. Poland helps them heal their war trauma, gives them education and chance for a normal life. The post-war country, that still bears severe war scars and have iron fist of Stalinism over them, was able to put an incredible organization effort and huge amount of human compassion. Remember this fact is not only a historical tittle-tattle. The reality presents us with similar challenges such as in the modern world we don’t lack victims of war. The refugees came to Europe – the unbelievably rich continent – and met with various reactions. Can we help them, as countries and as individual people? Can we give help to those who need it, now while having incomparably greater power and resources? If not, why?

Disrupted odysseywas prepared by experienced artists from Poland and Macedonia, artists from very important stages: Modjeska Theatre in Legnica – theatre company travelling all over the world with stories, that join local spirit, close to the public, with universal language – and Macedonian National Theatre, one of the most dynamically developing stages in Southern Europe, where outstanding directors are staging diverse, ambitious repertoire.

 

Robert Urbański

Disrupted odyssey

Directed by Jacek Głomb 
Scenography and costumes by Małgorzata Bulanda
Music by Goran Trajkoski
Stage movement by Aleksandra Koczowska – Naczewa 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project co-financed by The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland

 

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

by Przemysław Wojcieszek and Emilia Piech

 
Direction: Przemysław Wojcieszek
Design: Małgorzata Bulanda
Music: Filip Zawada
Light direction: Zofia Goraj
 
Premiere 2nd April 2016
 
Ruthless vivisection of Polish social and political reality. You need to see it, before you praise it or condemn it - because you can't stay indifferent. 
 
The latest production of Przemysław Wojcieszek, well known polish filmmaker and creator of famous MADE IN POLAND (2004), is an angry manifesto against the reality behind the window. Inspired by i.a. "Little Apocalipse" by Tadeusz Konwicki and "The Good Soldier Švejk" by Jaroslav Hašek, creators tell a very modern story about the fall of ideas in politics and social life, about the urge to rebel and defence against uniformity.
 
 
 

KRZYWICKA/BLOOD

By Julia Holewińska

direction: Alina Moś-Kerger

design: Małgorzata Bulanda

music: Maja Kleszcz

Stage movement/choreography: Katarzyna Kostrzewa

 

Premiere 5th March 2016

Six very different women in this story  are struggling with their femininity, subjected to the influences of family, religion, history and politics. They all fight for their identity and subjectivity. They don’t want to submit to stereotypes given by society, what makes their life unbearable. We get to known their adolescence, pubescence and sexuality. 

 

 

THIS SONG SOUNDS FAMILIAR

Everything what's the best in Björk, Kate Bush, Gaba Kulka and Katarzyna Groniec in one. Zuza Motorniuk, exeptional vocalist with many faces and one, but extraordinary, voice. Accompanied by remarcable musicians Zuza sings the old-school hits in new musical and textual arrangements - that is, completely upside down...

 

Songs translated to Polish by Zuza Motorniuk

Musical arrangement: Łukasz Matuszyk

 

Musicians:

Marta Sochal-Matuszyk - violin

Andrzej Janiga - piano, keyboard instruments

Marcin Spera/Piotr Sypień - contrabass

 

MADMEN WONDERLAND

Based on “The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven or St. Peter Wanders on Earth” by August Strindberg

Direction and adaptation: Wawrzyniec Kostrzewski

Translation: Marcus Wolfsdorff i Wawrzyniec Kostrzewski

Design: Ewa Gdowiok

Music: Piotr Łabonarski

Stage movement: Helena Ganjalyani

 

Premiere 12nd December 2015

 

Completely mad journey through worlds of imagination and cultural labyrinth. Completely unknown, fairytale-comedy face of August Strindberg – scandalous, demonic genius, author of masterpieces such as “Miss Julie”, “To Damascus” or “A Dream Play”, artistic mentor to Ingmar Bergman.

In this play we step into extremely weird reality. The humble Blacksmith, after his children’s death, begins a journey through the land of myths, legends and folktales, with Satan as his guide. The people who accompanies them is senile Saint Peter and Don Quixote, who is not himself any more. In the background we get a colourful gallery of people – we get Shakespeare, Goethe, Bruegel, Dante or Nietzsche. 

 

 

STOP THE TEMPO!

Translation: Radosława Janowska-Lascar

Direction: Jarosław Tumidajski

Music: Andrzej Janiga

Lights and Design: Attic Kids

 

Premiere 18th October 2015

 

Three young people, whose ways cross accidentally, have car accident. Saved, they start to desire the complete change, their life as well as the whole world that went completely crazy. They start an unprecedented, rebellious action…

A play written by young Romanian playwriter and director, Gianina Cărbunariu, is telling a story about our reality – breathless, lost, frantic, occupied by a race for money. 

 

TSAR THE IMPOSTOR, OR POLISH IN MOSCOW FESTIVITIES

Based on “Tsar the Impostor, or Polish in Moscow festivities” by Aleksander Nowaczyński

Direction: Jacek Głomb

Design: Małgorzata Bulanda

Music: Kormorany (Jacek „Tuńczyk” Fedorowicz, Piotr „Blusmen” Jankowski, Krzysztof „Konik” Konieczny, Artur „Gaja” Krawczyk)

Stage movement: Witold Jurewicz

Adaptation: Robert Urbański

 

Premiere 31st August 2015

Performance by forgotten play written in 1908 by one of the most controversial authors of Interwar Period. A story about episode in history, when in 1605 Polish people helped Dimitri I The Impostor to get the Russian throne and payed a very high price.
Political thriller, bloody allusion to current events and universal story at the same time.

 

 

ILIAD. WAR

Based on “Homer.Iliad” Alessandro Baricco

Direction: Łukas Kos

Design: Paweł Walicki

Music: Dominik Strycharski

Stage movement: Magdalena Ptasznik

Light direction: Bary&Hary

Multimedia: Alex Janas, kilku.com Collective

 

Premiere 15th December 2014

 

One of the best received performances of the season 2014/2015. Homer’s epic poem about Trojan War in dynamic adaptation of Italian contemporary writer Alessandro Baricco, known worldwide from his novel “Silk” (Seta, 1996).

A story about human’s tragic fate, torn between triumph and fall, about passion that brings one of the humanity’s biggest disasters – war.

 

 

CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS

Translation: Mariusz Radomyski and Robert Urbański

Direction: Ondrej Spišák

Design: Szilárd Boráros

Music: Pavel Helebrand

Stage movement: Witold Jurewicz

 

Premiere: 31st January 2015

The most international production in Legnica theatre's history. The play was written by Peter Brook, one of the legends of contemporary theatre. Brook’s team traveled thousands of kilometers, performing Conference of The Birds in villages in African jungle and desert, in Native American reservation, in front of audience of farmers and intellectuals. During those travels, they made a magical performance, that a spectator from anywhere in the world can understand and feel deeply. This story about looking for a sense of life, full of dangers and surprises, combine simplicity with sublimity, Oriental colouring with universal message, fairytale atmosphere with questions of the meaning of life. 

 

 

UNTIL THE DAY BREAK

Direction: Paul Kamza

Design: Izabela Kolka

Music: Alexander Brzezinski

Stage movement: Witold Jurewicz

Stage manager / prompter - Jola Naczyńska

 

Village, over which the spiritual care is exercised by an unconventional priest, Father Maciej - a sacrometalfolk team leader, the guardian of the children, and a life counsellor. None of parishioners expects that one day a suspicion of molesting may fall on him. Even though, the case concerns the distant past, it is still ruining inhabitants relationships. Through his play Paweł Kamza tells a story, in which seriousness is mixed with humor, and the boundary between true love and abuse seems extremely out of focus.

MAN ON THE BRIDGE

Directed by - Jacek Glomb

Production Designer - Margaret Bulanda

Music - Luke Matuszyk

Choreography - Witold Jurewicz

Assistant Director - Michael Dysentery

 

Inspired by the biography of Henry Karliński, the play tells the story of an aristocrat of unusual spirit living in the unleavened communistic reality. Plus Piast Castle courtyard, where the ghosts of past centuries will be awaken.

 

Henry Karliński (1922-1975) spent his youth in France, in a religious school. After the war he returned to Poland and settled down in Legnica in 1949, where he worked as a teacher. From 1956 he was an instructor in Legnica Culture Centre, acting with boundless energy and inventiveness as a choirmaster, a theater director, an organizer of competitions - in brief the animator of all sorts of projects, which accounted for Legnica's culture. Founded by him in 1949, the Choir "Madrigal" operates to this day. There is also the prestigious National Tournament Choirs "Legnica Cantat" which is still beeing organized, and whose Karliński was the originator and creator.

MARRIAGE

translation: Julian Tuwim

Director: Piotr Cieplak

Production Designer: Andrzej Witkowski

Music: Paul Czepułkowski

 

Marriage, since the prapremiere in December 1842 has belonged to the most frequently exhibited Russian comedies in the world. Despite the passing years, the audience is invariably amused by its vivid characters, simple plot and firm language (in Polish in the wonderful translation by Julian Tuwim). Because even though Tsarist Russia passed, togheter with clerical ranks and courtship in their old form, what, after all, still lives is one's confusion, the need for contact, fear of loneliness (and its other face - fear of the relationship). This is proved by that - getting more and more dynamic - business of online dating sites and matrimonial agencies. In Legnica the action moves to one of today's lonely hearts club.

 

 

HELLO AND GOODBYE

Translation: Małgorzata Semil

Directed by: Magda Skiba

 

A catching story of siblings, who meet after years and try to go back to childhood memories, to discern there the beginnings of their depressing adulthood. Great acting in the new theater space - the Scene in the Attic.

 

 

THE ROAD OF SLIPPERY GRASS. OF THE DEVIL WHO WALKED THROUGH THE VILLAGE

Direction: Paweł Wolak i Katarzyna Dworak (Pi K)

Design: Małgorzata Bulanda

Stage movement: Leszek Bzdyl

Music: Kormorany: Jacek „Tuńczyk” Fedorowicz, Piotr „Blusmen” Jankowski, Krzysztof „Konik” Konieczny, Artur „Gaja” Krawczyk

Graphic design – Małgorzata Nowak

 

Premiere 15 December 2013

 

Right before Christmas, Bogdan, who has just finished serving time for mistreatment of his family, shows up in the village. Jasiek, who takes pity on Bogdan’s wife overburdened by his return, and who fears for the peace of the villagers, invites the ex-con to stay at his place. He wants to keep an eye on Bogdan, but still he cannot prevent what is about to happen. The return of Bogdan leads to some strange events and an explosion of long-hidden emotions...

 

Toeing the boundaries of the unreal, a ballad of men in whom evil awakens – and who become its victims. A dark story, full of intense emotions, that takes place in a village where everyone has two faces. Conflicts of the past overlap with those of the present: love collides with hatred, forgiveness with murder, and fear with euphoria. Nobody gets out unhurt.

 

 

THE KILLING OF GOMULKA

direction: Jacek Głomb

script: Robert Urbański

design: Małgorzata Bulanda

music: Bartek Straburzyński

 

Premiere 3 November 2013

 

Dramatization of “Tysiąc spokojnych miast” (1997) [A thousand Quiet Cities], a novel by Jerzy Pilch. A story of the attempted assassination of the First Secretary of the Polish United Workers' Party organised in 1963 by Józef Trąba, a small-town drunk and philosopher and a bunch of his just as strange companions. A grotesque view of the unfamiliar world of Polish evangelicals and a nostalgic journey into the past made possible by the charm of Pilch’s unique language and imagination.

 

 

MADONNA, THE MOON AND THE DOG

Rolf Bauerdick

Translation, adaptation, and song texts: Robert Urbański

Direction: Lech Raczak

Set design: Piotr Tetlak

Costumes: Ewa Tetlak

Music: Jacek Hałas

Stage movement: Witold Jurewicz

Video film: Karolina Grzeszczuk

Musicians: Marta Sochal-Matuszyk (violin, Stroha violin, drum), Łukasz Matuszyk (accordion, pipe)

 

Premiere 7 September 2013, Na Nowym Świecie Stage

 

It’s 1957. Inhabitants of Baia Luna, godforsaken village in Transylvania, are horrified by the news that the USSR sent a dog into space and is planning a flight to the Moon, where Assumed into Heaven Mother of God, Mary is supposed to reside. They decide to save Madonna at any price. The peace of the village is irreversibly destroyed...

 

 

MOTHER JOAN OF THE ANGELS

Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz

adaptation: Piotr Tomaszuk and Rafał Gąsowski

direction: Piotr Tomaszuk

cooperation with director: Rafał Gąsowski

set design: Piotr Tomaszuk i Ewa Kochańska

music: Jacek Hałas

stage movement: Bartłomiej Raźnikiewicz

 

premiere 17 March 2013, Ludwik Gadzicki Stage

 

It is midway through the seventeenth century. The exorcist monk Suryn goes to an Ursuline convent located in the desolate borderlands of Poland. His efforts to exorcise evil spirits from the possessed nuns misfire. To make matters worse he feels that he is succumbing to an incomprehensible force whenever he is in the presence of Abbess Joanna. Is it Satan, or maybe... love?

 

Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz’s short story was published in 1943. It was later filmed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz in 1960. It’s awards included the Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The short story has been staged by Piotr Tomaszuk (the director of the Wierszalin Theatre in Suprasl) who, inspired by the culture of the European borderlands, has been creating shows full of music and songs with his company for many years. Tomaszuk and his theatre have received numerous awards and toured many different countries.

 

 

THE SELF OF PITYING

Ariano Suassuna

translation:

direction: Piotr Cieplak

set design: Andrzej Witkowski

music: Kormorany (Paweł Czepułkowski and Michał Litwiniec)

 

premiere 9 December 2012, Ludwik Gadzicki Stage

 

Ariano Suassuna is the most famous Brazilian playwright. The premiere of the drama evoked extreme reactions - from admiration to condemnation. Today the play is popular - it was repeatedly filmed and staged all over the world.

 

The action of this crazy morality play takes place in a provincial town. A beloved dog of a rich Baker’s Wife dies. As a result of rogue Grilo’s intrigue, a solemn catholic burial of the animal is organised. Nevertheless, the story takes an unexpected turn, involving more and more characters. The end of surprises is the Last Judgment, where all the characters meet.

 

 

CAMP COMEDY

Roy Kift

translation: Soren Gauger

song translation: Adam Wiedemann

direction: Łukasz Czuj

design: Michał Urban

costumes: Elżbieta Rokita

choreography: Paulina Andrzejewska

music: Łukasz Matuszyk

director’s assistent: Zuza Motorniuk

vocal preparation: Vera i Jarosław Lewkowowie

Musicians: Łukasz Matuszyk, Dariusz Bafeltowski, Robert Kamalski, Piotr Sypień, Przemysław Pacan

 

Cast: Joanna Gonschorek, Rafał Cieluch, Paweł Wolak, Katarzyna Dworak, Ewa Galusińska, Anita Poddębniak, Zuza Motorniuk, Małgorzata Urbańska, Robert Gulaczyk, Mateusz Krzyk, Paweł Palcat, Bogdan Grzeszczak, Magda Skiba, Gabriela Fabian, Magdalena Biegańska

 

Premiere 30 September 2012, Ludwik Gadzicki Stage

 

Director and actor Kurt Gerron (i.a. partner of Marlene Dietrich in ‘Blue Angel’) is placed in the camp in Theresienstadt during the War. One day he receives a proposal from the camp commander to shoot a propaganda film, that would show what a wonderful life the Jews in Theresienstadt lead. Faced with the dilemma, Gerron begins to convince not only others but also himself that taking this job is not treason but the only way to survive untill the end of the war ... True story of Therezin Jews, shown in the convention of a dynamic musical theater, one-of-a-kind combination of comedy and tragedy.

 

 

IWANOV

Anton Chekhov

translation: Artur Sandauer

direction: Linas M. Zaikauskas

design: Margarita Misjukowa

music: Łukasz Matuszyk

Fight consultation: Leszek Jóźwik

 

Premiere 18 March 2012, Ludwik Gadzicki Stage

 

The debut piece of one of the greatest playwrights in the history of the theater. Comic-tragic collection of characters straight from the nineteenth-century Russian countryside, but undoubtedly contemporary, including the title character: focused on himself, more and more lonely, bored and inert intellectual Ivanov. Blaze of irresistible humour, bitter from time to time.

 

 

THE WRONG BOY

According to Willy Russell

translation: Ewa T. Szyler

adaptation: Krzysztof Kopka i Paweł Palcat

direction: Paweł Palcat

design: Małgorzata Bulanda

music: The Smiths

stage movement: Izabela Chlewińska

 

Cast: Magda Biegańska, Katarzyna Dworak, Gabriela Fabian, Ewa Galusińska, Joanna Gonschorek, Zuza Motorniuk, Anita Poddębniak, Magda Skiba, Małgorzata Urbańska, Bartosz Bulanda, Rafał Cieluch, Bogdan Grzeszczak, Robert Gulaczyk, Mateusz Krzyk, Paweł Palcat, Paweł Wolak, Krzysztof Brzazgoń

 

The songs of ‘The Smiths’ tanslated by Zuza Motorniuk

 

Premiere 28 January 2012, Ludwik Gadzicki Stage

 

Team creation of Modjeska Theatre actors in the adaptation of the novel by Willy Russell, the master of comedy of manners, the author of ‘Shirley Valentine’ and ‘Educating Rita’. Full of life wisdom and surprises story about “the wrong" - about a boy rejected by the environment, about all of us, who every day pass judgment which can sometimes break somebody’s life.

 

TO UNDERSTAND H.

Paweł Palcat

direction: Paweł Palcat

design: Małgorzata Bulanda

music and projections: Krzysztof Pawlik

choreography consultant: Aneta Zwierzyńska, Witold Jurewicz

Cast: Ewa Galusińska, Zuza Motorniuk, Magdalena Skiba, Bartosz Bulanda, Rafał Cieluch, Robert Gulaczyk

 

Premiere 23 March 2011, 32nd Stage Song Review in Wroclaw

Premiere 13 December 2011, Ludwik Gadzicki Stage

 

Performance about the last thirty years of Polish history and the fight against an oppressive regime, inspired by the life of Henryka Krzywonos a legend of "Solidarity". It is also an intimate story about struggle with own weaknesses and burden of the past, about helping the most vulnerable and the most helpless - about solidarity in politics and everyday life.

 

III FURIES

Sylwia Chutnik, Magda Fertacz, Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk

Direction and arrangement of space: Marcin Liber

costumes: Mixer Group

Live music: Moja Adrenalina / Radio Error

Stage movement: Iwona Pasińska

Project of the mural inspired by „Melancholy” by Jacek Malczewski: Tymek Jezierski

Cast: Katarzyna Dworak, Ewa Galusińska, Joanna Gonschorek, Małgorzata Urbańska, Rafał Cieluch, Robert Gulaczyk, Bartosz Bulanda and Mariusz Sikorski.

 

Hail of awards, festivals, discussions and controversies. One of the biggest cultural events of the recent years in the Polish theater. Frantic burlesque, stretched between history and modernity. Extremely politically incorrect, iconoclastic vision of Poland, over which the shadow of World War II still hangs.

 

 

ORCHESTRA

Krzysztof Kopka

direction: Jacek Głomb

design: Małgorzata Bulanda

music: Bartek Straburzyński

Stage movement: Witold Jurewicz

 

premiere 22 September 2011, I Festival of Not-So-Bad Theatre

 

The history of copper fever: not that great, political one, but an ordinary, men’s story, which is not mentioned in the school textbooks. The story of mine musicians band, who are provoked by the death of their colleague to wander into the realm of memory. Dramatic and unusual fate of builders and residents of the Copper Area. The first theatrical version of the myth of this place, acclaimed with appreciation and affection by viewers and critics.

 

 

FIRST COMMUNION

Paweł Kamza

direction: Paweł Kamza

design: Małgorzata Szydłowska

music: Krzysztof Nowikow

stage movement: Witold Jurewicz

 

premiere 12 December 2010

 

First Communion - one of the seven Catholic sacraments, the first meeting of a child with Christ present in the Eucharist... Or maybe just an empty ceremony, wrapped in glittering coating? In Kamza’s show humour intertwines with eroticism and the crisis of the Church. Next to cabaret sketches, ultimate questions are asked. The spectacle is an explosive mixture addressing faith as well as the morality of modern Poles.

 

 

MAMATANGO

Scipt and direction: Team

Space arrangement and costumes: Esther Dandani

stage movement: Murielle Elizéon, Inés Hernández

 

premiere 14 February 2010

 

The performance is the result of nearly eighty conversations, that the actresses carried in the biggest shopping center in Legnica, recorded during two days. They were talking about life and the inevitability of death, dreams and fears, joys and troubles, about happiness... Some of the interviewees have later become the prototypes of the stage characters. A moving performance, full of female cordiality was created.

 

 

ROXXY 2 HOT

Paweł Palcat, Szymon Turkiewicz

monodrama by Pawel Palcat

direction: Szymon Turkiewicz

 

Premiere: 5 February 2010, Caffe Modjeska

 

A performance of the foiled dreams inspired by the work of Pedro Almodóvar and welcomed with by viewers and critics with enthusiasm. Intimate, racy and, above all, amusing confession of a celebrity planning an acting career, who eventually become a porn star humiliated at every turn.

 

 

LOVERS FROM VERONA

Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Translated by Stanisław Baranczak

script: Krzysztof Kopka

direction: Jacek Głomb

design: Małgorzata Bulanda

Stage movement: Leszek Bzdyl

Music and sound: Bartek Straburzyński

 

Premiere: 6 May 2011 at the ex-depot in Gdansk, 22 May 2011 Na Nowym Świecie Stage in Legnica

 

Costume adaptation of the romance of all time relocated to pre-war Italy. This is a non-standard theater staging because it’s moved from Renaissance palaces to the city squares and streets at the time of the birth of Futurism and…Fascism, to a world where all previous values are questioned, and the old collides violently with the new. The performance filled with music and the smell of opium was created with the participation of amateurs who played the people of the city of Verona.

 

TERROR TIME

Based on The Rose by Stefan Żeromski

Script and direction: Lech Raczak

Design: Bohdan Cieślak

Costumes: Ewa Beata Wodecka

Music: Jacek Hałas

Stage movement: Bartłomiej Raźnikiewicz

 

Premiere: 1 May 2010, Na Kartuskiej Stage

 

The fifth performance directed by Lech Raczak in Legnica is an adaptation of “The Rose”, a closet drama by Stefan Żeromski, inspired by the events of the 1905 revolution. Members of the Combat Organization of the Polish Socialist Party with their leader Pilsudski and the Polish informers of the Tsarist government meet on stage. Both sides are ready to employ radical means to pursue their end. We watch their conflicts after all the atrocities of the 20th century and we wonder at how contemporary they appear. Raczak uses the great Polish dispute to create a magnificent visual, musical, and choreographic show.