Przymierze zbójnickie. Rozmowa z Włodzimierzem Staniewskim. Dzień trzeci
Three Conversations with Włodzimierz Staniewski. Day 3
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Staniewski’s production of Wesele – a major Polish modernist play by Stanisław Wyspiański – is the starting point for the interview. The conversation, then, deals with the themes of madness and derangement. The motif of the wedding is observed in some earlier works of “Gardzienice” and the difficulty of finding a language adequate for describing the work of the company is mentioned. Wiśniewski points out certain duality that underlies the character of Staniewski himself. Next, the interview focuses on the extent the present form of the European Centre for Theatre Practices “Gardzienice” is a realisation of the potential rooted in a more provocative dimension of Staniewski’s approach. It seems that the gesture of dissent against the surrounding reality of the time is still crucial for the founding myth of the company. The acquisition of knowledge is an imminent part of the actions undertaken by “Gardzienice” and for this reason the relations between the research and the productions is discussed. The conversation attempts to define a distinction between the origins of the ensemble and its present condition and analyses the discussion of Gardzienice’s approach to the creative process and the evolution of the performance itself. Finally, Staniewski wonders whether Wyspiański’s ‘Wesele’ may be treated as a profound play and thus be inscribed in a universal context.
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