Odyssey. A Story for Hollywood

Krzysztof Warlikowski

Krzysztof Warlikowski crafts a panorama of unexpected analogies. On a journey of free associations, he leads us through surprising landscapes and constellations of characters, testing our ability to take on another global human conflict, while also offering up a few tested-and-tried ways of surviving.

Premiere: 04.06.2021 English and French Subtitles Play duration: 4 hours

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Krzysztof Warlikowski crafts a panorama of unexpected analogies. On a journey of free associations, he leads us through surprising landscapes and constellations of characters, testing our ability to take on another global human conflict, while also offering up a few tested-and-tried ways of surviving.

Premiere: 04.06.2021 English and French Subtitles Play duration: 4 hours

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Odyssey. A Story for Hollywood takes us on a journey from Homer
and his hero Odysseus to Hanna Krall and her heroine Izolda, a Jewish woman who spent the whole war besting challenges as difficult as any Herculean task, in order to save her husband. Two enormous conflicts: one connected with the first human war – the siege of Troy – the other being the outcome of the second of two World Wars. And as of today, what does it all have to do with us? Where would we like to return to? What does our Hades look like now? Where have all our gods gone? Where is Pallas Athene, who so very much sought to capture Odysseus’ heart? And the Holy Mother who protected Izolda? Have the gods also lost faith in the possibility of happy returns, seeing a future in which our world has set off on an irreversible course? We all live in fear, and all alone cannot do anything about it. We tame it by being flippant.

Homer celebrated Odysseus’ triumphs by referring to the songs of the wondering Aoyds. The story of Izolda, who thinks her life would make a wonderful Hollywood film, has been turned into Chasing the King of Hearts, a novel by Hanna Krall. And what about us being remembered? Is it worth bothering anyone with our stories?
 

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Information

  • Direction: Krzysztof Warlikowski
  • Script: Krzysztof Warlikowski, Piotr Gruszczyński, and Adam Radecki; Collaboration: Szczepan Orłowski, Jacek Poniedziałek
  • Based on: Odyssey by Homer and two novels by Hanna Krall – Chasing the King of Hearts and Story for Hollywood
  • Artistic collaboration: Claude Bardouil
  • Dramaturgy: Piotr Gruszczyński, Collaboration: Anna Lewandowska
  • Set and costumes: Małgorzata Szczęśniak
  • Music: Paweł Mykietyn
  • Lighting design: Felice Ross
  • Video and animations: Kamil Polak
  • Director of photography of the "Interrogation" scene: Paweł Edelman
  • Cast: Claude Bardouil / Tomasz Wygoda, Mariusz Bonaszewski, Stanisław Brudny, Agata Buzek, Magdalena Cielecka, Andrzej Chyra, Ewa Dałkowska, Bartosz Gelner, Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak, Wojciech Kalarus, Marek Kalita, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Hiroaki Murakami, Maja Ostaszewska, Jaśmina Polak, Piotr Polak, Jacek Poniedziałek
  • Featuring: Maja Komorowska et Krystyna Zachwatowicz-Wajda
  • Production: Nowy Teatr, Warsaw
  • Coproduction: Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand; Athens Epidaurus Festival, Athens; La Colline – théâtre national, Paris; Printemps des Comédiens, Montpellier, Schauspiel Stuttgart

Photograhy „Surfing in the mist” Rolph Gobits

ODYSSEY. A STORY FOR HOLLYWOOD is part of the „Wandering in search of a home: the Ithaca project” cofinanced by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Litterary, film and musical pieces used in the show:

  • Story for Hollywood and Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall
  • Ulysseus’ Gaze, script by Theo Angelopoulos © courtesy of the family of Theo Angelopoulosa
  • Elizabeth Costello by John Maxwell Coetzee, translated into Polish by Zbigniew Batko Copyright © 2003 by J. M. Coetzee. Lessons 3 and 4 were published as The Lives of Animals (Princeton University Press, 1999). The Author wishes to acknowledge the Tanner Lectures on Human Values as the original publisher of The Philosophers and the Animals and The Poets and the Animals (Volume #20). By arrangement with Peter Lampack Agency, Inc.551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1613, New York, NY 10176-0187 USA. Copyright © for the Polish translation by Zbigniew Batko
  • Film Heideggers Hut Sophie Nys, 2007 © courtesy of Galerie Greta Meert and Sophie Nys
  • Richard III by William Shakespeare, translated into Polish by Jerzy S. Sito
  • The Skin by Curzio Malaparte, translated into Polish by Jarosław Mikołajewski
  • Wiesia by Hanna Krall, „Tygodnik Powszechny” nr 6/2021
  • Shoah by Claude Lanzmann © Production: Les Films Aleph, Distribution: Why Not Productions
  • A Serious Man by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen © 2009 Focus Features, courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC

Following musical pieces have been used in the show:

  • Symphony no. 6 in F-major, op. 68 „Pastoral” by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • A Horse with No Name by Dewey Bunnell
  • Tristan und Isolde – prelude, by Richard Wagner
  • Raga by Paweł Mykietyn © Courtesy of Miłosz Pękala
  • Piano improvisation by Paweł Mykietyn includes excerpts of pieces by Krzysztof Komeda and Richard Wagner

Tournee

  • 17-19 September Athens Epidaurus Festival, Athens
  • 14-16 October Dialog-Wrocław International Theatre Festival, Wroclaw

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October 27

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