Famous Dream City by Lupa returns to TR Warszawa’s stage
January 27, 2014
In February, TR Warszawa theater will stage, after a break, a famous performance Miasto Snu (Dream City), directed and with sets by Krystian Lupa.
The play, co-produced by the Théâtre de la Ville from Paris, is a stage adaptation of The Other Side by Alfred Kubin, regarded as one of the most extraordinary novels of the 20th century.
Born in Litomerice in the present-day Czech Republic, Kubin was a book illustrator whose literary work heralded the dawn of expressionism. The Other Side, his only novel, has been frequently compared to prose by Franz Kafka and Bruno Schulz.
Lupa’s play is the story of one man’s search for a happiness which can never be attained. The main character, a visual artist from Munich, travels to the Dream Kingdom which his friend Patera founded somewhere near Tibet. The Kingdom is populated by Europeans who came there in search of a “new spirituality” after the ideals of progress let them down. But what is meant as a refuge from the dictatorship of rationalism turns out to be a totalitarian state that calls to mind nightmares from Kafka’s novels. The main character makes futile attempts at getting in touch with Patera, his wife dies and a revolution breaks out in the capital of the Dream Kingdom, incited by a mysterious millionaire.
The cast includes Sandra Korzeniak, Magda Kuta, Maria Maj, Małgorzata Maślanka, Monika Niemczyk, Agnieszka Roszkowska, Jan Dravnel, Jakub Gierszał, Władysław Kowalski, Lech Łotocki, Henryk Niebudek, Piotr Skiba, Andrzej Szeremeta and Tomasz Tyndyk.
You can see a preview HERE
Approximate running time: 6 hours30 minutes
Feb. 6 at 7pm (part I), Feb. 7 at 7 pm (part II),
Feb. 8 (at 6pm – the whole performance) and Feb. 9 at 3pm (the whole performance)
WHERE: TR Warszawa, 8 Marszałkowska St.