premiere: May 10th, 2019
preview: May 9th, 2019
upcoming performances: May 12th, 14th, 15th, 2019
Grzegorz Jaremko’s production is based on a play by Georg Büchner – a 19th century German revolutionary, writer and naturalist. Woyzeck’s plot draws upon a true story of a young murderer from Leipzig. Büchner portrayed him with great compassion, depicting his protagonist as the victim of the cruel and soulless society that tramples everyone who doesn’t fit its norms. However, the dramatist didn’t finish telling Woyzeck’s story - only fragments of the play were found after Büchner’s death. Despite, or perhaps due to this flaw, Woyzeck has been seducing theatre and opera artists for over a century.
Grzegorz Jaremko’s take on this revolutionary play focuses on masculine identity. In his interpretation the protagonist is accompanied by buddies from the hood - a garage band. The dramatic conflict is not about the clash of social classes, but the confrontation of various ways of shaping, testing and expressing masculinity. In this coming-of-age story, macho energy collides with a softer, more sensual and slightly diffused masculinity. Woyzeck’s embarrassment and fear of the initiation find an outlet in the virtual world, where the protagonist experiments with his body and appearance. When virtual experiments don’t bring the release, a crime in the real world is committed. Provocation takes place in a fusty garage, or perhaps in a boy’s room with a lake view. Büchner’s unfinished play becomes a pretext for asking questions about today’s male identity.
Do we have initiation rituals modelled after the warriors‘ coming-of-age ceremonies of the old tribes?
To what cultural masculinity models do we have access today?
What is the relationship between a man’s masculinity and his physiology?
Where is the space for rebellion against the stereotype of a man?
Is it possible to design a new masculinity?
Performance presented in TR Warszawa / 8 Marszałkowska Street
tickets: 70 zł (regular), 30 zł (reduced), 30 zł (last minute)
duration: 1 h 30 min
"Woyzeck" performance is produced within the frame of Debiut TR [TR Debut]. This contest promotes the most interesting directors of the young generation. Debiut TR Award was established in 2015 as an element of Young TR programme and is awarded annually at the Young Directors Forum in Cracow. Students selected by TR’s ensemble are invited to stage a performance at TR Warszawa in the following theatre season.
The first laureate is Jędrzej Piaskowski, student of The Aleksander Zelwerowicz Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. As a reward he staged "Puppenhaus. Treatment" at TR Warszawa in 2016. The production was recognized, among others, at the National Polish Contemporary Play Contest (awards for actresses Justyna Wasilewska and Agnieszka Żulewska), Festival of Polish Contemporary Plays R@port in Gdynia (main prize) and the 19. National Festival of Directing Art Interpretacje in Katowice (award for actress Justyna Wasilewska).
The next winner of Debiut TR is Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak, student of The Stanisław Wyspiański Academy of Dramatic Art in Cracow. "The Chinese" directed by Hartung-Wójciak premiered at TR Warszawa at the end of 2017/2018 artistic season. The third laureate of Debiut TR Award - Grzegorz Jaremko, student of The Stanisław Wyspiański Academy of Dramatic Art in Cracow, will stage at TR Warszawa his production Woyzeck (premiere may 2019). In November 2018 Debiut TR was awarded for the fourth time. The laureate - Katarzyna Minkowska is a 3rd year student of the Directing Department at The Aleksander Zelwerowicz Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. She was recognized for „passionate search for new forms of expression, original combination of theatre and visual arts, maturity and high intellectual level of directing work, and sensitive and inspiring cooperation with actors and actresses” in her performance Syrenarium.
Young TR is a programme designed by TR Warszawa to promote young artistic talents through projects like: Teren Warszawa [Warsaw Area], Teren TR [TR Area], TR Debut [TR Debut], artistic residencies, guest performances of the diploma works and productions, and the repertoire spectacles produced with the assistance of selected young creators. TR Warszawa provides artistic shelter, where artists may experiment and implement their ideas for the theatre. In the past artistic seasons, the following directors presented their productions as an element of Young TR programme: Anna Karasińska ("Ewelina’s Crying" and "Fantasia"), Piotr Trojan ("Grind/r"), Magda Szpecht ("The Possibility of an Island"), Wojciech Blecharz ("Soundwork"), Katarzyna Kalwat ("Holzwege"), Małgorzata Wdowik ("The Fotballers" and "Fear"), Jędrzej Piaskowski ("Puppenhaus. Treatment", "David is Going to Israel") and Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak („The Chinese”) and others.
Particular thanks to:
Mariusza Białeckiego, Marty i Witolda Drożdż, Grażyny i Januscha Ewertów, Katarzyny Fabiańskiej, Małgorzaty Górskiej, Leszka Janusza, Beaty i Mirosława Kępowiczów, Anny i Marcina Klammerów, Wojciecha Konwisarza, Beaty i Dariusza Kossakowskich, Aleksandry Kralkowskiej, Lidii Dziurzyńskiej-Leipert i Thorstena Leipert, Aleksandry i Pawła Okońskich, Magdaleny Olczak i Piotra Nowickiego, Sebastiana Parola, Kingi i Ireneusza Piecuchów, Piotra Puczyńskiego, Agnieszki Sozańskiej, Moniki i Michała Stępień, Małgorzaty Szymańskiej, Marii i Roberta Wcislików, Zofii i Macieja Wituckich, Aleksandry Zapart