Don Kichote – wg.Cervantesa

reżyseria Krzysztof Prus
Teatr Nowy w Zabrzu

The Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater is celebrating its 21st birthday this month.
What saved the evening was the Polish opening performance “Don Quixote” by Teatr Nowy [w] Zabrzu. Based on Miguel Cervantes’ novel director Krzysztof Prus took the liberty to change the setting of the story. The Polish Don Quixote is a theater mechanist, in green overalls, working backstage in a puppet theater with his assistant Sancho.
Choosing the theater world as a setting for the Don Quixote tale proved to be perfect, moving fluidly between illusion and reality and blurring the boundaries between the two. “Suspension of disbelief” is the name of the game of theater; each audience member goes to the theater to be deceived into believing that what they see is reality. Moved by that “reality” they are inspired to think differently about their own realities, and to change it if they can.
The world that Don Quixote inhabited backstage is abundant with visions of love and chivalry. Instead of a wooden sword, Don Quixote’s armed with a vacuum cleaner, and a dream. Sadly, he gets abused in the cycle of oppression driven by the power hierarchy: the director oppresses the actors and the actors take advantage of the mechanist Don Quixote’s, yet he does not let go of his dream.
Playing with the theatricals was very effective in the theater within theater technique, turning mundane warm-up exercises for performers into ritualized ceremonies. Skillful lighting created two spaces, smoothly shifting the actions between backstage and onstage, sometimes allowing one world to be seen through the other, raising more questions about the power of theater and its impact on people’s lives.
The 21st edition of the festival faces similar questions: with more than 20 performances in the official competition (11 European, three African, seven Asian, and two South American, in addition to two Egyptian entries), will be it able to touch lives, or is it just another Don Quixote, with a wooden sword and a vacuum cleaner?

Dalia Basiouny Daily News Egypt 11.10.2009
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Le metteur en scène reste fidèle à l’histoire principale du Miguel de Cervantès. Pourtant, notre Don Quichotte, le travailleur du théâtre verse les larmes et condamne le monde actuel avec ses tromperies et mensonges.

May SélimThe Experimental 11.10.2009
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Should the Show go on?
Ilania Barnaba, an Italian painter living in Egypt believes that plays on offer this year showcased much technical and directorial prowess. She enjoyed the excellent play of light and shadows employed in the Polish Opening performance Don Quixote.

The Experimental 20.10.2009, s. 5
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Tytułowy bohater nie ma zbroi ani kopii, jest maszynistą w lalkowym teatrze wystawiającym rycerskie opowieści. Prus wybrał z powieści Cervantesa wątki związane z teatrem i istotą jego sztuki. Akcję osadził w teatrze (nazywa się Teatr Nowy w Zabrzu, ale to fikcja, bo przecież Nowy nie daje przedstawień lalkowych) i oparł na konfrontacji między Don Kichotem a próbami zespołu teatralnego. Kiedy on bez trudu pozwala prowadzić się swojej wyobraźni, oni próbują dotrzeć do swoich mnętrz z pomocą pseudo-wschodnich ćwiczeń. W końcu dojdzie do zderzenia obu sposobów tworzenia fikcji. Jego wynik poznają ci, którzy siądą na widowni. Warto tam zasiąść.

Wojciech Cydzik Nowiny Zabrzańskie 02.10.2008

Po obejrzeniu tego przedstawienia zaczęłam poważnie się zastanawiać.

Anna Wróblowska Nowa Siła Krytyczna 29.09.2008
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Życie to teatr, a teatr to dom wariatów - taki wniosek nasuwa sie po obejrzeniu premiery "Don Kichota" w Teatrze Nowym.

Jakub Lazar Głos Zabrza i Rudy Śl. 2.10.2008

Don Kichote – wg.Cervantesa
Don Kichote – wg.Cervantesa
Don Kichote – wg.Cervantesa
Don Kichote – wg.Cervantesa
Don Kichote – wg.Cervantesa
Don Kichote – wg.Cervantesa
Don Kichote – wg.Cervantesa