Based on Hanoch Levin’s Suitcase Packers
Krzysztof Warlikowski, enfant terrible of Polish avantgarde theatre, once again tackles one of his favourite playwrights in a new performance scheduled to premiere in Warsaw in June 2018. Following the hugely successful Krum, based on Hanoch Levin’s play of the same title (presented at Athens Festival 2008 and recipient of the European Theatre Award), Warlikowski once again plunges into the Israeli playwright’s universe. In We Are Leaving, the director focuses on all those individuals forced to choose between two different things: either resign themselves to their fate and die or pack up their things and leave as far as away as possible – destination unknown. Levin’s text serves as a platform, upon which this performance will come to life. The quasi-musical quality of the play’s subtitle – Comedy with Eight Funerals – is reflected on Warlikowski’s ‘orchestra,’ his ensemble of brilliant actors who have been working with the director for years. Even in times of peace, our life is not necessarily peaceful: that’s why we are often compelled to ‘leave,’ as this new performance seems to suggest: “So, we are leaving! It won’t be easy, but there will be no compromises. It’s high time we go! Let’s leave right now!”
With Greek surtitles
Translated into Polish: Jacek Poniedziałek
Adaptation: Krzysztof Warlikowski, Piotr Gruszczyński
Direction: Krzysztof Warlikowski
Dramaturgy: Piotr Gruszczyński
Dramaturgical collaboration: Adam Radecki
Set and costume design: Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Music: Paweł Mykietyn
Lighting design: Felice Ross
Movement: Claude Bardouil
Animation: Kamil Polak
Wigs: Monika Kaleta
Cast: Agata Buzek, Andrzej Chyra, Magdalena Cielecka, Ewa Dałkowska, Bartosz Gelner, Maciej Gąsiu Gośniowski, Małgorzata Hajewska–Krzysztofik, Wojciech Kalarus, Marek Kalita, Dorota Kolak, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Monika Niemczyk, Maja Ostaszewska, Jaśmina Polak, Piotr Polak, Jacek Poniedziałek, Magdalena Popławska
Stage manager: Łukasz Jóźków
Assistant directors: Katarzyna Łuszczyk, Adam Kasjaniuk
Production manager: Hubert Prekurat
Technical director: Paweł Kamionka
In charge of set construction: Paweł Paciorek
Sound: Mirosław Burkot
In charge of lighting design: Dariusz Adamski, Patryk Adamski
Video: Antoni Mantorski-Barczuk, Maciej Żurczak
Make-up: Joanna Chudyk, Monika Kaleta
Props: Tomasz Laskowski
Wardrobe: Ewa Sokołowska, Iryna Kacharava, Elżbieta Fornalska
Stage: Tomasz Laskowski, Kacper Maszkiewicz
Production: Nowy Teatr, Warsaw
Co-production: Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris; La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand; Théâtre de de Liège; Athens Festival, Athens; Bonlieu Scène nationale, Annecy; CULTURESCAPES, Basel
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