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http://www.worldfestival.gov.hk/2013/fb/redirect.html World Cultures Festival 2013 – Lasting Legacies of Eastern Europe: Persona. Marilyn by The Dramatic Theatre of the City of Warsaw (Poland) Renowned Polish contemporary theatre director Krystian Lupa experiments with time and space to delve into the psyche of the 20th-century sex goddess 24-26.10 Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium http://www.worldfestival.gov.hk/2013/images/theatre_01.jpg

Persona. Marilyn

The Dramatic Theatre of the City of Warsaw (Poland)

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Director / Playwright:  Krystian Lupa MORE
Europe Theatre Prize Winner
Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

 

“People who have seen Krystian Lupa’s work speak of it in hushed awestruck tones. ‘He is a god’ is a phrase that crops up frequently”
─ The Boston Globe

 

What Made Marilyn Monroe?

In Poland today, director Krystian Lupa enjoys the same reputation as the country’s late world-renowned theatrical masters Tadeusz Kantor and Jerzy Grotowski. By guiding actors to identify the sensibilities they share with the characters they play, Lupa successfully unites his performers with their stage persona, one living inside the other. Through such penetrating “realism”, the director and his actors travel deep within their characters’ lives, developing a haunting “transcendental” style of performance. Lupa’s theatrical tempo is equally exceptional. In his productions, time extends, compresses and freezes to create a multi-dimensional space where the complexities of a character can be fully exposed.


In Persona. Marilyn, Lupa delves into the 20th-century sex goddess’s psyche, reaching across time and space through innovative set design and projected images. Sandra Korzeniak explores the boundaries of her double existence, as an actress and as Monroe. Unravelling the icon’s complex personality by Rembrandt-like photo dissection, Korzeniak gradually peels back the layers that made up Monroe, starting with media myths and images, through to the mask she wore in front of others, and finally her naked self…

 

Kwai Tsing Theatre
Auditorium
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24–25/10
Thur–Fri
7:30pm $480 $380 $280 $180*
Marilyn seat plan
26/10
Sat
2:30pm $440 $340 $240 $140*
Marilyn seat plan

*Some seats may have restricted view

Friendly Reminder

  • Approx 2 hrs 40 mins with an intermission of 15 mins
  • In Polish with Chinese and English surtitles
  • This programme contains strong language, nudity, sexual and smoking scenes
  • Recommended for ages 18 and above
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The Hong Kong tour of the Dramatic Theatre of the City of Warsaw is co-financed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Photo: Katarzyna Pałetko

 


Trivia
Global theatrical innovations from Poland

Theatre of Death
Artist and director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) refused to be guided by texts, placing the emphasis on the visual elements of theatre. Kantor combined radical props and stage design with happenings (different art forms brought together in a live performance) to manifest the absurdity and emptiness of reality. In 1975, Kantor created Dead Class, a controversial play from which he developed the Theatre of Death concept, probing such motifs as death, memory, spiritual transcendence, and the most basic human desires.

Poor Theatre
This form of theatre is derived from the ideas and work of director Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999). Poor Theatre seeks to distil the essence of the dramatic art form. Grotowski argued that interaction between actors and spectators is the only necessary element in theatre, with lighting, sound effects and set design minimised in his productions. In his view, even the stage could be abandoned. Grotowski also developed training methods that demanded his actors constantly engage in self-exploration, fusing their inner beings into performances.

Backstage Tour

Mariusz Guglas, Technical Manager of the Dramatic Theatre of the City of Warsaw, provides an inside view of renowned Polish director Krystian Lupa’s approach to theatrical space. The tour includes a detailed look at the staging concepts behind Persona. Marilyn, such as choice of materials, textures, and the building of a special "lightweight" brick wall, as well as discussion on changes in European set design in the 20th and 21st centuries. Guglas will also hold a question-and-answer session.


Moderator: Mariusz Guglas (Technical Manager)

Kwai Tsing Theatre
Auditorium
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26/10
Sat
12nn–12:40pm $20

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  • Quota: 80
  • In Polish with English interpretation
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Talk

Krystian Lupa on the Layered Personality

In recent years, Polish theatre luminary Krystian Lupa has delved into the processes involved in character formation through his “Persona” series. For Lupa, a personality comprises not only a true self, pretended self and projected self constructed by society, but also unfulfilled self-expectations and the subconscious mind. In this talk, Lupa discusses how he uses internal monologue and improvisation to enter the inner worlds of three celebrated individuals – Andy Warhol, Simone Weil and Marilyn Monroe – creating different layers for their complex characters.


Speaker: Krystian Lupa (Director / Playwright of Persona. Marilyn)

Moderator: Tang Shu-wing




Kwai Tsing Theatre
Lecture Room
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26/10
Sat
7:30pm Free Admission

Friendly Reminder

  • In Polish and English
  • Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis
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Pre-performance Appreciation Talk

Krystian Lupa is widely celebrated as a pioneer of Polish contemporary theatre. What characterises his theatrical approach and aesthetic view? Join performing arts practitioner-educator Ryan Yan in this 30-minute talk before the show to appreciate every aspect of Lupa’s stagecraft and artistic vision.


Speaker: Ryan Yan

Kwai Tsing Theatre
Lecture Room
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26/10
Sat
2pm Free Admission

Friendly Reminder

  • In Cantonese
  • Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Organised by the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong)
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