The Polish Cultural Institute
REPUBLIC OF DREAMS
inspired by the work of the revered Polish-Jewish artist and writer
by Bruno Schulz
Thursday, March 8, 2007 - Sunday, March 18, 2007
Thr.-Sat., 7:30 PM
Sun., 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
March 8th Opening Night Post-Show Reception
Double Edge 25th Anniversary Celebration
Live music by composer Jacek Ostaszewski
Art exhibition by set designer Mira Zelechower Aleksiun
La MaMa E.T.C. Annex Theater
74 East 4th Street (bet'n 2nd Ave. & Bowery), New York, NY
Tickets: $20; Students $15 Tel: (212) 475-7710
Please note February 26: Bruno Schulz Symposium
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Double Edge Theatre is presenting the world premiere of its brand new work based the on the letters, drawings, fiction and life of the visionary Polish Jewish artist Bruno Schulz (1892-1942). The performance, created in collaboration with distinguished Polish artists Jacek Ostaszewski and Mira Zelechower Aleksiun, interweaves Double Edge's signature physicality, large objects, image, aerial work, and live music with Schulz's powerful prose and life, to create a magical journey through the world of one of the most fascinating artists and writers of the 20th Century, whose life and career were cut short when he was murdered by a German Nazi officer.
As if before a painting brought to life, the audience is transported from the ordinary into Schulz's visceral world of imagination, emotion, and dreams. As Schulz once wrote, "No dreams, however absurd or senseless, are wasted in this universe."
The Double Edge Theatre has been working on Republic of Dreams off and on since 2005, including research expeditions to Poland, an open rehearsal at CUNY Graduate Center in New York, and collaborations with seasoned Polish artists. Double Edge is proud to introduce two acclaimed artists to the New York audience: Jacek Ostaszewski, renowned Polish composer, and instrumentalist of such films as Kieslowski's Blue, Red, and The Double Life of Veronique; whose original score for Dreams will be played live during the performance; and Mira Zelechower-Aleksiun, a celebrated Polish visual artist whose unique production design, painted canvases, masks and puppets will bring the viewer into Schulz's image-driven world.
Daniel Gerould, Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Literature at CUNY University, has praised Double Edge for "their inventive and innovative use of the traditions of the Polish theatre...their brilliant theatrical realizations of Schulz's poetic and metaphoric prose&The result is a revelation." According to Rolando Perez of Hunter College, "Gorgeously directed by Stacy Klein, it captures the beauty of Schulz's originality: his myths and mystical images... the action, the ways the actors move on stage, as folds upon folds of fabric turn the beautiful elusiveness of a Schulzian night...into an unforgettable experience...Without any reservations, I recommend the work of Double Edge Theatre to anyone who loves great theatre."
Because of Double Edge's long-standing and vital collaborations and cultural exchange projects, its Republic of Dreams was the 2006 recipient of generous grants from The Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Rockefeller subsidiary, Multi-Arts Production Fund.
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