For the International Month of Bruno Schulz, the Scène Infernale theatre collective in Paris premieres its latest production, La République des Rêves, part of commemorations announced by the Polish government for the anniversary of the Polish-Jewish artist's birth and of his death during the German occupation
Scène Infernale’s theatrical-marionette creation, directed by Béatrice Algazi, draws inspiration from Bruno Schulz's stories. The director Algazi traveled across Poland and Ukraine in 2011, harvesting traces of the artist’s life and milieu. For La République des Rêves, she reiterates memories and impressions of these travels, to celebrate the anniversaries of Schulz's birth and death.
Bruno Schulz's stories trace an imaginary autobiography that the author refers to as "a mythical genealogy". At their center is Joseph, whose daily life is intertwined with a dreamlike reality devoid of limits. Schulz submerges his double in a dark, baroque extravaganza of sensory images outside of time, where everything seems possible.
Puppets, objects, shadows and Scène Infernale’s actors give life to the story, carrying the audience across the sensual, dreamlike universe of Bruno Schulz. In their home and in their town of Drohobych, Joseph and his father find their distinct ways of transforming reality, inventing new lives for inanimate things, people, matter and nature itself. With his father suffering from a mysterious illness, Joseph embroiders an absurd world as he conducts scientific and magical experiments - he is owned by his impulses, devoted to this other sphere he creates. They are separated into two degraded realities where the invisible bonds that link us to other spheres can be traced, revealing a cartography of the father and the son's intimate worlds.
Fifteen performances of La République des Rêves take place from the 23rd of November to the 8th of December, at the Lavoir Moderne Parisien in Paris’ 18th arrondisement.
Lavoir Moderne Parisien
35 Rue Léon
For more information, see: www.sceneinfernale.org
Source: Polish Institute in Paris, www.sceneinfernale.org
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