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THE BAT (Kornél Mundruczó, Kata Wéber)

Kornél Mundruczó

Based on Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II
Directed by Kornél Mundruczó
Set design and costumes: Márton Ágh
Music: János Szemenyei
Dramaturgy: Gábor Thury
Lights and video: Kornél Mundruczó
Cast: Roma Gąsiorowska, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Katarzyna Warnke, Justyna Wasilewska, Rafał Maćkowiak, Dawid Ogrodnik, Sebastian Pawlak, Adam Woronowicz

Premiere September 20th, 2012

WARNING: There are used stroboscopes in the performance!

The Bat – It is a few days before New Year’s Eve. Several families that have not met before are gathering in the same institution in a remote location. They are preparing to spend the last night of the year together evoking the sweet strains of the famous operetta Die Fledermaus (The
Bat) by Johann Strauss, Jr. Though they are to spend only a few days here, they have sacrificed a lot to be able to make it. Nothing, neither time nor money, was too much for them, some even ran the risk of losing their reputations by gaining admission to the place. Some of them are young, others are old, some are married, some are single. The only feature that makes them similar is that they are extremely keen to learn whether a human being can take the liberty of performing an act of God. Kornél Mundruczó and the actors of the TR Warsawa production recall the sentimental ambience of “the good old pre-war days” of the late 19th century; at the same time they create a utopian play that deals with a most important problem of our age. The plot,
based on genuine documents, makes us contemplate the question: up to what point and how much can we make decisions on our own lives?

“ To say that Mundruczó’s adaptation staged at TR Warszawa is perfect is to say nothing at all.
— Roman Pawłowski, Gazeta Wyborcza

“ TR Warszawa is, once again, the first to touch on one of the most controversial social issues.
— Jacek Cieślak, Rzeczpospolita

“ Mundruczó’s performance proves that TR is a well attuned team of awesome individuals.
— Aneta Kyzioł, Polityka

“ Kornél Mundruczó has created an anything but conventional operetta about death.
— Robert Rient, Przekrój

“ Mundruczó achieves something amazing. By stirring up a storm of music and theatre, he makes death look at itself in the mirror of a silly operetta.
— Jacek Wakar, Wprost

Kornél Mundruczó (1975) – Director, screenwriter and actor. He studied at the Academy of Film and Drama in Budapest and is now a renowned European film director, whose films premiere at the most prestigious festivals all over the world. After a short film (AFTA, 2001), he directed five features films (Pleasant days, 2002; Johanna, 2005; Delta, 2008; The Frankenstein-Project, 2010; White God, 2014) and won various awards at famous festivals. Since 2003, he has also worked for the stage with Krétakör theatre, the National Theatre of Hungary, Thalia Theater Hamburg and Schauspiel Hannover among others. The Pilsen festival hosted his Hungarian production of Sorokin’s The Ice in 2011. Lucie Málková has written about his work: “Mundruczó and his productions are a natural phenomenon of the Hungarian theatre. They are unique, original, authentic and thought out down to the last detail. His Proton theatre, together with Krétakör and the Béla Pintér Theatre, is one of the Hungarian companies with Europe-wide recognition. This has something to do with the fact that it spends considerably more time
beyond the borders than in Hungary. Proton’s work to a certain extent rises above the local brawls and stories that Mundruczó brings to the stage. Its productions are universal, and excite the whole of western Europe.”

TR Warszawa has been one of the best known theatres in Poland for over 10 years. It is regarded as a modern theatre open to new ideas, a theatre that cultivates the best theatrical traditions. TR’s high position in various rankings of young European theatres is confirmed by numerous awards won by the company at national and international festivals. It attracts notable directors – Grzegorz Jarzyna (artistic director since 1998 and since 2006 also general director), Krystian Lupa, Krzysztof Warlikowski, René Pollesch as well as representatives of younger generations, such as Michał Borczuch. The search for a new language of theatrical expression means for the company a necessity of not only reaching for new, contemporary dramatic texts but also of reinterpreting the classics.

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