Elizabeth Costello | J. M. Coetzee

Krzysztof Warlikowski

Seven Lectures and Five Moral Tales

Premiere: 11.04.2024 Main Hall English subtitles

Upcoming dates

Seven Lectures and Five Moral Tales

Premiere: 11.04.2024 Main Hall English subtitles

Upcoming dates

The writer Elizabeth Costello first appeared in 1999 when John Maxwell Coetzee was invited to give two lectures at university in the United States. Those lectures concerned a writer, Elizabeth Costello, who is invited to give two lectures at a university in the United States. In the years that followed, Coetzee went on to write several more pieces featuring Elizabeth Costello and her biography began to expand until, in 2003, she became the protagonist of an eponymous novel.

Elizabeth Costello is more than a made-up literary character. She might be said to be Coetzee's artistic alter ego: someone who speaks in his name and bears the criticism and ire of his readers and academic polemicists. According to Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello elbows her way into his imagination and onto the page, then uses his voice to speak about philosophy, the environment and social and existential issues, and appeal to our conscience by drawing attention to the fate of animals, social injustice, and the exclusion of the elderly and the infirm. Appearing in texts the author had never intended for her to be in, she is like a ghost, a revenant – a dybbuk, perhaps. Or maybe she is just a beloved creature who keeps returning to haunt her maker.

Costello has also come to be a recurring character in Krzysztof Warlikowski's theatre. She has appeared in five of his productions to date – sometimes speaking under her own name, sometimes being quoted by other characters. But while she seems to haunt Warlikowski nearly as often as she does the writer who called her to life, she has never had a whole play devoted to her.

Now, in placing Elizabeth Costello firmly at the center of his latest production, Warlikowski is taking the next logical step in a process whose development he might not have foreseen when he first gave her a platform on his stage.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Cultural Promotion Funds – a state purpose fund

Cast

Guest cast

  • Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak
  • Hiroaki Murakami
  • Maja Komorowska
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Information

Direction: Krzysztof Warlikowski
Set design and costumes: Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Text based on J. M. Coetzee’s “Elizabeth Costello”, “Slow Man”, “Moral Tales”: Krzysztof Warlikowski, Piotr Gruszczyński
Collaboration: Łukasz Chotkowski, Mateusz Górniak, Anna Lewandowska
Dramaturgy: Piotr Gruszczyński
Artistic collaboration: Claude Bardouil
Music: Paweł Mykietyn
Lighting design: Felice Ross
Video and animations: Kamil Polak
Make up and hair: Monika Kaleta

Cast: Mariusz Bonaszewski, Magdalena Cielecka, Andrzej Chyra, Ewa Dałkowska, Bartosz Gelner, Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak, Maja Komorowska, Hiroaki Murakami, Maja Ostaszewska, Ewelina Pankowska, Jacek Poniedziałek, Magdalena Popławska

premiere: April 11, 2024

estimated duration: 4 hours, one intermission

The show is in Polish, subtitled in English and French
Translation into French: Margot Carlier
Translation into English: Artur Zapałowski

Production: Nowy Teatr, Warsaw
Co-production: Schauspiel Stuttgart; Théâtre de Liège; La Colline – théâtre national, Paris; Athens Epidaurus Festival, Athens
Partners: Kinoteka, IAM, Culture.pl, Institut Français

Copyright for Elizabeth Costello © 2003 by J. M. Coetzee
Copyright for Slow Man © 2005 by J. M. Coetzee
Copyright for Moral Tales © 2017 by J. M. Coetzee
Copyright for Interview © 2018 by J. M. Coetzee; Soledad Constantini
Arranged by the Peter Lampack Agency, Inc.

„Elizabeth Costello” translated into Polish by Zbigniew Batko 
„Slow Man” translated into Polish by Magdalena Konikowska 
Short stories "As a Woman Grows Older", "Vanity", "The Glass Abattoir" translated into Polish by Jacek Poniedziałek

A video „Anywhere Out of the World” (2000) by Philippe Parreno has been used in the show

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April 11

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    Thriller

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    Generation After 8. Showcase

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