THE CHINESE

dir. Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak

    'The Chinese' is a gangster-political romance, inspired by fragments of film scripts by Jean-Luc Godard 'Demons' by Fiodor Dostoevsky and actors' improvisations. A group of researchers from the Reconstruction Laboratory works on political strategies and utopias from the past. By reconstructing and processing the revolutionary archive, the characters ask about the legacy of the left and today's potential for social change. What was left of the ideals of student revolt in 1968? What is the place for left-wing movement when right-wing took over social demands? Is the old left and right division still justified? What form of political engagement is possible within the space of culture?

    The screenplay for the new premiere of TR Warszawa was inspired by is Godard's film 'The Chinese' from 1967, a story about a student commune from Paris, who are preparing for a revolutionary struggle. The premiere of the film preceded and announced the student protests in May 1968. Following the French director, the creators of the show take up the subject of commercialization of political movement, which becomes part of the capitalist system of consumption and popular culture. The acoustic space of the performance is based on the deformation of popular songs and quotes from film music, while the set design refers to the Rosy Esman project from 1966 7 'Objects In a Box', the first collection of micro works by world-renowned artists (including C. Oldenburg). This project was the first case in history, when art was not reproduced as much as it gained its popular, cheap equivalent - it became a commodity. 

    JEAN

    I had a dream that the over-dreamed revolutions really happen. The French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, the Cuban Revolution, the Mestizo rebellion in Canada, the riots in Argentina, the Great Order of the Iroquois. This is a mythical coyote in a canoe for which one can have a fondness. Socialism works on sentiment and resentment. Socialist ideas seized by national socialism, ideas of May'68 absorbed by capitalism, fluffy koala feet, prepared and introduced into the zoological taxonomy. Pluralism, freedom and tenderness are meant to make it impossible to create a real political force within the democratic system. Pluralism, freedom and tenderness are for the revolution not to be possible. Cholera is a disease with a revolutionary potential - it decimated the society and aroused fear in many governorates. Humanity lives in fear because the workers are dying out and there is no one to fall in love with. It's good that you can still fall in love with Yoko Ono, John Lennon and other singers. John Lennon looked great naked and global warming was supposedly created for him.

    (fragment of the scenario of the performance 'The Chinese')

    Premiered: June 29th, 2018
    Tickets: 70 PLN (regular), 30 PLN (reduced), 30 PLN (last minute)

    duration: 1 h 30 min (without interval)

    Cast

    Crew

    • Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak director
    • Daria Kubisiakdramaturgy
    • Agata Skwarczyńskastage design, costumes, light design
    • Piotr Peszatmusic
    • Katarzyna Gawryśassistant director
    • Magdalena Igielskaproduction manager
    • Jingru Wanglanguage consultations
    • Piotr Markowskivocal consultations
    • Wojtek Sobolewskistage manager
    • Konrad Kajaklight engineer
    • Jerzy Szelewiczsound engineer
    • Adrian Hutyriak / Marcin Metelskivideo engineer

    DEBUT TR

    The performance 'The Chinese' is realized as part of the TR Debut competition, supporting the development of the most interesting theater directors of the young generation. Every year, the laureate of the prize is invited to direct a performance at TR Warszawa.

    The Debut TR award was established in 2015 and is awarded every year at the Young Director's Forum organized by the Stanisław Wyspiański Academy of Theater Arts in Krakow. The first laureate of the competition was Jędrzej Piaskowski, a student of the Directing Department of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theater Academy in Warsaw, who made a spectacle in TR Warszawa based on the text of Magda Fertacz 'Puppenhaus. Treatment' with the crew composed of:  Lech Łotocki, Sebastian Pawlak, Justyna Wasilewska and Agnieszka Żulewska. In May 2018, the performance received the Main Prize of the 13th Festival of Polish Contemporary Art R@port in Gdynia. 'Puppenhaus. Treatment' was also in the final of the prestigious Polish National Competition for the Display of Polish Contemporary Art, the results of which will be announced at the gala on 29 June 2018 in the Zbigniew Raszewski Theater Institute. The next winners of the award are: Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak, a student of the Department of Drama Directing at the  Stanisław Wyspiański Academy of Theater Arts in Krakow (debut TR 2016) and Grzegorz Jaremko, student of the Department of Drama Directing at the Academy of Theater Arts Stanisław Wyspiański in Krakow, who will perform the performance at TR Warszawa in the season 2018/2019. 

    Young TR is a program trend, under which TR Warszawa supports the development of new theatrical talents, leading projects such as, for example, Teren Warszawa, TR area, TR debuts, artistic residencies, guest shows of diploma theses and performances, or repertoire performances for which the debuting guests are invited. TR Warszawa acts as an artistic shelter in which young artists and artists can experiment and implement their ideas for the theater. As part of the Young TR program, in their last artistic seasons, the following performances were presented, among others: Anna Karasińska (Ewelina's crying and Fantasia), Piotr Trojan (Grind / r), Magda Szpecht (Opportunity of the Island), Wojciech Blecharz (Soundwork), Katarzyna Kalwat and Marta Sokołowska (Holzwege), Małgorzata Wdowik (Footballers and Fear) and Jędrzej Piaskowski (Puppenhaus. Treatment).

     

     

    INSPIRATIONS

    Films by Jean-Luc Godard: „Breathless" (1960), "My Life to Live" (1962), „Band of Outsiders" (1964), „Made in USA” (1966), „La Chinoise" (1967)

    and fragments of the books:
    „Coala” Lukasa Bärfuss (trans. A. Żychliński, Ossolinuem, Wrocław 2017),
    „Demons" Fiodor Dostojewski (trans. T. Zagórski i Z. Podgórzec, PIW, Warszawa 1987),
    „The Unabomber Manifesto: Industrial Society and Its Future ” Theodore Kaczyński (trans. A. Miernik, Inny Świat, Mielec 2003),
    „Godard. Pasaże" Pawła Mościckiego, Ha!art, Kraków 2010

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