Cinema of Moral Anxiety

Michał Borczuch

The performance is inspired by H.D. Thoreau’s Walden; or, Life in the Woods and the cinema of moral anxiety, especially the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Andrzej Wajda.

Premiere: 25.04.2019 Play duration: 2 hours

The performance is inspired by H.D. Thoreau’s Walden; or, Life in the Woods and the cinema of moral anxiety, especially the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Andrzej Wajda.

Premiere: 25.04.2019 Play duration: 2 hours

Contrasting Thoreau's nineteenth-century manifesto about a simple life in harmony with nature and the cinema of our parents' generation, which reacted directly to the social and political events happening in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s, we want to discover whether morality, family, work, community, and nature are now only discredited slogans from another era or whether they are currently undergoing a dynamic metamorphosis.

The two sources of inspiration are combined in the play’s lonely protagonist – regardless of whether his natural environment is a metropolitan society or the romantic wilderness of a forest lake.

In our performance, Walden is a story about disappearance, withdrawal from life, and – in the context of the cinema of moral anxiety – a gesture of civil disobedience. You can see our project as a perverse fantasy about living without people, as well as an equally dark fantasy about living among them.

Cast

Guest cast

  • Dominika Biernat
  • Ewelina Pankowska
  • Eliza Rycembel
  • Krzysztof Zarzecki

Information

  • Direction: Michał Borczuch
  • Text, Dramaturgy: Tomasz Śpiewak
  • Set design, costumes: Dorota Nawrot
  • Music: Bartosz Dziadosz Pleq
  • Lighting design: Jacqueline Sobiszewski
  • Video: Wojciech Sobolewski

Cast:

  • Bartosz Bielenia
  • Dominika Biernat
  • Marek Kalita
  • Maja Ostaszewska
  • Ewelina Pankowska
  • Piotr Polak
  • Jacek Poniedziałek
  • Eliza Rycembel
  • Krzysztof Zarzecki  

Co-producer: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

Awards

    • 2019: Best Director Award For Michał Borczuch (Cinema of Moral Anxiety) at the 12th Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival, Krakow, Poland
    • 2019: Best Actor Award for Krzysztof Zarzecki in Cinema of Moral Anxiety at the 12th Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival, Krakow, Poland

Tournee

    • 12-13 December 2019 12. International Theatre Festival Divine Comedy, Kraków
    • 26 September 2019, Festiwal Prapremier, Bydgoszcz, Poland

    • 31 August 2019 Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, 
      Frankfurt am Main

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