Audiences of the 18th international theatre review in the Czech Hradce Králové are presented with the Trakat o Manekinach (Treaty on Mannequins) from the Polish Wierszalin Theatre. Another Polish highlight of the event comes from Czech actors, who stage a piece based on the writings of Olga Tokarczuk
The Wierszalin Theatre has taken up Bruno Schulz’s Treaty on Mannequins, which explores the author’s perplexing thought on human nature. The text’s protagonists – the Father (played by Rafał Gąsowski), the Son (Miłosz Pietruski), and the maid Adela (Dariusz Matys) introduce the audience to a world of mysticism and the secrets of animated matter. The actors are aided in telling the story by the set design created by Julia Skuratowa. The stage is a tailoring studio which then turns into a cinema, then a factory, and in the end, becomes a huge city square.
The Wierszalin Theatre troupe was founded in 1991 by director Piotr Tomaszuk and a group of actors. The group is often compared with such phenomena of Polish theatre as the Laboratorium theatre of Jerzy Grotowski or the Cricot 2 troupe founded by Tadeusz Kantor. Wierszalin have visited theatre stages in Tokyo, Chicago, Toronto, London, Sydney. They also performed during th 2000 World Expo in Hannover and performed numerous times in Germany, Italy and Switzerland, and also staged their work at the legendary La MaMa theatre in New York. The group was presented with the prestigious Fringe First award of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival three times. For more about the theatre, see: www.wierszalin.pl
Another Polish highlight of the Czech festival is the staging of a text from Olga Tokarczuk, entitled Dom dzienny, dom nocny (Day House, Night House), performed by the actors from Uherski Hradiště. On the 25th of June, 2012, the actors stage a showing which is based on Tokarczuk’s most famous as well as most intimate piece. In the book, Tokarczuk attentively listens into the environment of a village in the Sudety mountains, located close to the Polish-Czech border, where she used to live. The book was nominated for the prestigious international IMPAC literary award, as well as Poland’s most significant prize in literature, the Nike Literary Award in 1999.
Other Polish troupes to perform as part of the festival are the Teatr Lalka with their Daszeńka (who perform on the 21st of June), Teatr Baj Pomorski who perform 8 O´clock at the Ark (21st of June), and the Teatr Ateneum – who stage Joanna d’Arc (On the 22nd of June). The Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theatre School from Warsaw also travels to the Czech Republic, to take part in the International Meeting of Thetre Schools, organised alongside the festival in Hradec Králové
The International Theatre Festival – Theatre of European Regions in Hradec Králové is an annual climax of the theatre season in the Czech Republic. For ten days, all of the local Klicper Theatre and Drak Theatre’s stages host performances, and numerous events also take place in the city’s parks and meandering little alleys.