BASED ON "DIE FLEDERMAUS" BY JOHAN STRAUSS II

The Bat

DIRECTED BY: KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ

    It is in the middle of winter - a few days before New Year’s Eve. Several families that have never met before are gathering in the unsettling and cold interiors of the same institution in a remote location. They are making preparations to spend the last night of the year together evoking the sweet strains of the famous operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by Johann Strauss, Jr. Though they are to spend only a few days there, quite a few of them have sacrificed a lot to be able to make it to the opportunity. Nothing, neither time nor money, was too much for them to put on stake, some even ran the risk of losing their reputations by getting admission to the place. Some of them are young, others - old, some are married, others - single. The only feature that makes them similar is that they are most keen on getting to know whether a human being can take the liberty to perform the act of God. Having directed “Tender Son, The Frankenstein Project” – the movie nominated to Golden Palm Awards, Kornel Mundruczó and the TR Warszawa’s actors have created a classical buffo opera. Basing his production on the text which was written at the same time Nietzsche announced that God is dead, the Hungarian director discusses the issue of “godless death” and asks the same old question: are we allowed to make decisions on our lives and if we are, to which extent are we allowed to do it? 

    Premiered: September 20th, 2012
    Running time: 2 hours 15 min. (no intermission)

    In cooperation with the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw and co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. 

    Cast

    Crew

    • Kornél Mundruczó / Kata Wéberscript
    • Márton Ághset design and costumes
    • János Szemenyei
music
    • Gábor Thurydramaturgy
    • Kornél Mundruczólights and video
    • Paweł Kulkadirector's assistant
    • Maja Skrzypekset design assistant

    „To say that Mundruczó’s adaptation staged at TR Warszawa is perfect is to say nothing at all. "The Bat " is like a never-ending dance on the edge of a knife, pirouette at the verge of a chasm, race bordering between dignity and disgrace. Actors surprise us with their versatility when they swiftly morph from realistic acting to grotesque, operetta-like conventions. They change moods as if they were zapping through channels with a remote control, leading the audience to the ultimate confusion. Jocular seriousness or serious joke – they own it all!”
    Roman Pawłowski, GAZETA WYBORCZA

    “Mundruczó achieves something amazing right before our very eyes. By stirring up a storm of music and theatre, he makes death look at itself in the mirror of a silly operetta. (…)You can experience “The Bat” as a perverse game, entertainment carrying a horrifying stigma. But not for long. Soon, you’ll start thinking: Can it be that Kornél Mundruczó opened Pandora’s box, so far closed in Polish theatre, with important topics begging to be discussed with a bit of humor and in an attractive form, yet seriously?”
    Jacek Wakar, WPROST

    “TR Warszawa is, once again, the first one to touch on one of the most controversial social issues.”
    Jacek Cieślak, RZECZPOSPOLITA

    TOURS & AWARDS

    53rd Kalisz Theatre Meetings (11.05.2013)
    6th Coast of Art Festival, Gdańsk (28-29.04.2013)

    Guarantees of Culture 2012 award in „THEATRE” category for Kornél Mundruczó and TR Warszawa’s actors for their collective work on "The Bat".
    Grand Prix of the 53rd Kalisz Theatre Meetings for the actors.