"Dziady - Noc pierwsza", a play by the Wierszalin Theatre based on the work by Adam Mickiewicz, deals with a subject close to its artistic tradition which refers to the beliefs, rites and folklore of the eastern borderlands. The Wierszalin Theatre celebrates its silver jubilee this year. The performance is intended to be its crowning achievement.
Supraśl, 29.10.2016 r.
Gustaw - Rafał Gąsowski
Priest - Dariusz Matys
Children - Katarzyna Wolak, Monika Kwiatkowska, Adam Milewski
Guslar - Piotr Tomaszuk
The play by the Wierszalin Theatre attempts to create ritual theatre based on a Chrystian myth. It is a medieval epic (the Apocrypha) about the resurrection of a Christian prophet (teacher and master) Jesus, who died a martyr’s death at the hands of Romans in 33 A.D. According to prophecy, Jesus rose from the dead after three days and revealed himself to his disciples as a living man.
20.03.2016 Theatre Studio, Warsaw, "Gorzkie żale" Festival
Supraśl, 26th November 2015
"Diaghilev is dead"... - these are the first words said in "God Nijinsky". At the derelict chapel of the lunatic asylum in Kreutzlingen starts the unusual panichida. Vaclav Nijinsky serves the requiem mass for his promoter and lover. He was told that the famous Russian Ballet's producer, Sergei Diaghilev had just died in Venice. Once Nijinsky promised him " Serge I will dance on your grave". So he dances, blessing his believers, a group of Kreutzlingen patients, participating with him in this astonishing ritual.
29 October 2006
Author and director: Piotr Tomaszuk
Scenography: Eva Farkasova, Jano Zavarski
Music: Piotr Nazaruk
Cast: Rafał Gąsowski, Monika Kwiatkowska, Dariusz Matys, Adam Milewski, Katarzyna Wolak
The fragment of “The Cinnamon Shops” is just a starting point for further reflection upon unfathomable nature of human existence rather than an illustration of the well-known text written by Bruno Schulz.
The characters – Father (Rafał Gąsowski) with his audience – Son (Miłosz Pietruski) and Adela - the maid (Dariusz Matys) draw us in the realm of mysticism and the mystery of the animate matter.
In his famous book published in 1974 Włodzimierz Pawluczuk - a sociologist, an anthropologist and a scholar of religion - described the phenomenon of Wierszalin. In the thirties of the last century in this little village, lost somewhere in Białostocczyzna, the Ortodox sect under prophet Ilijah command (an illiterate peasant, who claimed to be the new prophet Elijah) wanted to build the New Jerusalem. Piotr Tomaszuk takes from Pawluczuk's book mainly bare facts. He combines the witnesses' and even participants' descriptions and relations into one fascinating parade. In this procession take part six extraordinary actors portraying simple peasants from the Polish-Belarus borderland.
Supraśl - 12th May 2007
Based on: "Wierszalin. An account on the end of the world" by Włodzimierz Pawluczuk
Director: Piotr Tomaszuk
Designer: Ewelina Pietrowiak
Composer: Piotr Nazaruk
Cast: Monika Kwiatkowska/Paula Czarnecka, Katarzyna Gacal, Dariusz Matys, Mateusz Krzyżewski, Sylwia Nowak, Rafał Gąsowski
Based on "House of day, house of night" by Olga Tokarczuk.
The medieval apocrypha about saint Wilgefortis describes a history about a girl, who was presented with a beard by Jesus Christ and because of that her face resembled his. The common people considered it as a miracle but her father as a dishonor and the result of devil's actions. He crucified Wilgefortis, saying: "If he is your beloved, you will die like him". The common people enshrined the effigy of saint Wilgefortis - the crucified girl with the Jesus Christ's face.
Supraśl - 9th February 2006
Direction: Piotr Tomaszuk
Designer: Mikołaj Malesza
Music: Waldemar Wróblewski