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.
Duration: 1 h
Director: Cezary Tomaszewski
Acting: Michał Dembinski, Weronika Krówka, Oskar Malinowski, Bartosz Ostrowski, Łukasz Stawarczyk
Dramaturgy: Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak
Text: Justyna Wąsik
Costumes: Agnieszka Klepacka & Maciej Chorąży
Light: Antoni Grałek
Music: Debussy, Trade, Moniuszko, Shostakovich
Translation: Andreas Volk
Supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax revenues on the basis of the budget approved by the members of Saxony’s state parliament.