The play is part of the Komuna Warszawa series “Before the War / War / After the War”. The director and choreographer Cezary Tomaszewski draws on personal experiences and remembers his muster before a conscription commission. Four actors and a pianist recreate his biography as a grotesque revue: patriotism, love of one’s homeland and, last but not least, the social, psychological and cultural effects of the war are just as much the focus of the evening as a series of subversive and queer identity games as well as a witty and sharp criticism of nationalist war discourses that resonate in Poland today. The music of Stanisław Moniuszko, the father of the Polish National Opera, Dmitri Shostakovich and Claude Debussy lend the evening military momentum.
Cezary Tomaszewski is a choreographer, director and performer. He studied theatre at the State Academy of Dramatic Arts in Warsaw and choreographed at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria. As a director he works both in theatre and opera. He likes to experiment with classical plays and his interest lies in the banality of art.