In the framework of The 6th Meyerhold Meetings

Based on a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky translated by Cezary Wodzinski

Direction and text adaptation: Janusz Opryński
Set design: Jerzy Rudzki, Robert Kuśmirowski
Lights: Jan Piotr Szamryk
Sound: Jarosław Rudnicki
Music: Marek Dyjak
Visuals: Aleksander Janas
Cast: Tomasz Bazan, Anastazja Bernad, Jacek Brzeziński, Romuald Krężel, Mariusz Pogonowski, Karolina Porcari, Magdalena Warzecha, Adam Woronowicz, Marek Żerański, Łukasz Lewandowski

The performance premiered on the 10th of June, 2011

The Brotheres Karamazov is Dostoyevsky’s most celebrated novel, trying to describe the debate going on among 19th century Russian intellectuals. It is a real phenomenon that the questions posed by the Russians at the time have become questions of successive generations of intellectuals all over the world. Young men would reach for this text, recognising themselves in the characters of Ivan, Dmitri and Alosha. Women would recognise themselves in the remarkable figures of Katia and Grusha. Coming back to this work today, in the 21st century, Janusz Opryński tries, in a way, to wake up the Brothers Karamazov – i.e. yurodivys, saints, madmen, holy fools – so that they would provoke us into rediscovering our spirituality.

Watching the "Brothers", one sits on the edge of the seat for the entire three hours. There are no moments of being weary with images or fatigued with dialogue. (...) We observe the spiritual development of the play's figures as if it was the fastest action film in the world. (...) Opryński created one of those performances that disturb your sleep, because something starts to speak in your brain. A performance that you remember and attempt to analyse time and again. Łukasz Drewniak, "Przeklęta symetria" ("Cursed Symmetry") in Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily nr 117, 17th of June, 2011

Provisorium Theatre is a legendary alternative theatre with a cult status, a theatre that grew out of the student theatre movement in Poland. It was established in 1972 by students of the Polish studies department in Lublin: Stefan Aleksandrowicz, Wiesław Kaczkowski and Jan Twardowski. In 1976 they were joined by Janusz Opryński, Jacek Brzeziński and Sławomir Skop, thanks to whom the company presents stagings inspired by the poetics of alternative theatre.

In 1996 the company joined forces with “Kompania Teatr” (“Theatre Company”), established a year earlier by Witold Mazurkiewicz, Jarosław Tomica and Michał Zgiet, and since then the two theatres have been working as one company. Their productions have triumphed in Poland and abroad. Their Ferdydurke by Gombrowicz (1998) brought them seventeen awards at international theatre festivals, including, for the second time, Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2010 Janusz Opryński, Witold Mazurkiewicz, Jacek Brzeziński, Jarosław Tomica and Michał Zgiet received an award from the Minister of Culture for their services to Polish culture.

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