• Out of repertoire

City of Dream

dir.Krystian Lupa
  • Directed by 

    Krystian Lupa

  • Dramaturgy

    Iga Gańczarczyk

  • Premiered

    October 5, 2012 in Théâtre de la Ville, November 10, 2012 in Transcolor Hall in Warsaw

  • Duration

    6h 30min (2 intermissions)

  • Tickets

    110 zł – regular
    60 zł – concessionary


The performance includes some nudity.


In 1985 in the Stary Teatr in Cracow Krystian Lupa staged “The City of Dream”, based on the novel “The Other Side” by Alfred Kubin. The performance was “a record of an individual catastrophe” of the protagonist. After twenty seven years he revisits Patera’s project, but this time he looks at it from the perspectives of two antagonistic and conflicting parties. Kubin’s City of Dream, a peculiar socio-urban parasite constituting an archetypical promise of a better life, functions as a gauge to study the contemporaneity: the ailments of collective thinking, the eclectics of the new world, the critical potential of a utopia. As a result of a progressive mutation, there is no individual protagonist in the Pearl – there is a group, there is no individual marriage – there are several couples, cities and dreams. 

For organized post-gymnasium school groups we offer introductory workshops to the performance (please contact the education department: edukacja@trwarszawa.pl for more details).

The performance is coproduced by TR Warszawa

Twórcy i twórczynie

direction and set design: Krystian Lupa

script: Krystian Lupa i kreacja zbiorowa

dramaturgy: Iga Gańczarczyk

costume design: Piotr Skiba

composition of the soundscape: Piotr Żyła

music: Mieczysław Mejza

video: Filip Piasek / Tomasz Michalczewski

director’s assistant:Filip Piasek

scenographer’s assistant: Aleksandra Lewandowska


fot. Magda Hueckel


  • “The performance is a long expedition through evocative monologues and captivating, intensive events. Underpinned with a charming sensuality, virulent irony. shocking picture of the human condition and existential doubts.”

    Amaury Jacquet, Publik’Art
  • “ (…) The City of Dream is, first and foremost, a play about theatre, an oniric journey which enables us to reach, if only for a moment, the other side – a parallel reality where such absolute certainties as time, logics and the consciousness fade away in our minds. In his best scenes, the director manages to find a way to this world, and the cast and audience share the same condition – they’re daydreaming.”

    René Solis, Libération
  • “Yet again a Polish director opens for us the gate to an unexpected world, that evokes, in equal measure, fascination and anxiety – the world imagined by the magical visionary, writer and painter Alfred Kubin.”

    Jean-Pierre Thibaudat, France Inter


Theatre de la Ville, Paris (05-09.10.2012)


Théâtre de la Ville in Paris
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Dramatic Theatre of Warsaw