Wycinka Holzfällen – Woodcutters
A first visit to Canada, a masterpiece. Does making art demean artists irreparably? Lupa poses the question in dazzling fashion.
A work of sovereign scope, theatre devoted to the infinite complexity of the human condition. Now in his twilight years, the leading figure of Polish theatre Krystian Lupa, a master and an inspiration for two generations of directors in Eastern Europe, presents his masterpiece.
For this first visit to Canada, he returns to the caustic Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard in a bold amalgam of theatre and cinema presented by actors whose performance rings with resounding truth. A few days after learning of the suicide of a friend, a writer is invited to an artistic dinner with a few oh-so Viennese bourgeois artists, former friends of his. But the air is fraught with the shadow of the dead woman, and he hates these people more than ever. Everything is in place for a merciless settling of scores — does making art demean artists irreparably? Lupa poses the question in dazzling fashion.
Produced by Teatr Polski we Wrocławiu
Written by Thomas Bernhard
Based on translation by Monika Muskała
Adaptation, direction, set and lighting design Krystian Lupa
Performed by Bożena Baranowska + Krzesisława Dubielówna + Jan Frycz + Anna Ilczuk + Michał Opaliński + Marcin Pempuś + Halina Rasiakówna + Piotr Skiba + Ewa Skibińska + Adam Szczyszczaj + Andrzej Szeremeta + Wojciech Ziemiański + Marta Zięba
Costumes Piotr Skiba
Musical arrangements Bogumił Misala
Presented with the support of Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Warsaw)
Written by Paul Lefebvre
Translated from Polish by Joanna Gruda
Translated to English by Neil Kroetsch
Promotional video La Compagnie des Indes
Krystian Lupa (Wrocław)
Teatr Polski we Wrocławiu
The Polish director and set designer Krystian Lupa is a major force in contemporary theatre, imbued with the rich artistic tradition of central Europe.
Interested in putting the philosophical, moral and spiritual issues of our times on the stage, he has developed an exceptionally profound art form where the weight of lived-in silence and the passage of time give remarkable power to spoken dialogue.
Born in 1943, he first studied graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and then directing at the national film school in Łódź, while also pursuing interests in the theatre of his compatriot Tadeusz Kantor, the writings of Carl Jung and the films of the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky.
He began his directing career in the mid 1970s by presenting the great Polish playwrights of the 20th century: Mrożek, Wyspianski, Gombrowicz and especially Witkiewicz, whose work he revitalized, bringing it much closer to reality. He also staged plays and tales by Russian writers such as Chekhov, Dostoyevsky and Bulgakov. In the early 1990s he engaged in a vivid dialogue with Austrian writers such as Musil, Rilke and particularly Thomas Bernhard, staging the latter’s The Lime Works, Extinction, Heroes’ Square and Woodcutters.
Since 1996 Krystian Lupa has been collaborating on a regular basis with Teatr Polski, the second largest theatre in Poland, encompassing three venues. Founded in 1946 in Wroclaw, the theatre is renowned for the quality of its actors, its important directors and its audacious program of plays.