Varsovian Vampires in NY
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Inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the U.S. premiere of Grzegorz Jarzyna’s Nosferatu is a part of the 2013 Next Wave Festival’s schedule. While vampires might be omens of death, the performance is more likely a harbinger of entertainment as the cast delivers a terrifyingly seductive show.
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A scene from Nosferatu, dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna, TR Warszawa, photo: TR Warszawa
Nosferatu, written and directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, is performed by members of TR Warszawa and the National Theatre in Warsaw. The show was inspired by one of the most frightening characters ever created - and its exploration into the motives of the undead present a treatise to how fear and obsession materialize into daily social life. As an erotic adaptation to the Gothic horror masterpiece, Nosferatu brings light to vampiric myths and portrays human existence undermined by an intrinsic desire for transgression. Its green, shadowy set is complemented by the unnerving score which, combined with the hypnotic action of the cast, creates a sumptuous “vampiric symphony of terror”, in the words of the Rzeczpospolita review.
Jarzyna is internationally renowned for provocative reinterpretations of classical and contemporary texts. This production marks the first time he’s collaborated with the musician John Zorn, who scored the show. The saxophone-wielding “guru of the avant-garde” has made a career of crossing boundaries, whether across the spectrum of musical genre or creating scores for films and stage.
TR Warszawa is a multi-award winning company. Their compelling work showcases their ability to fuse innovation into tradition and has resulted in the creation of a new language for theatrical expression.
Nosferatu will be on stage from the 30th of October to the 2nd of November at the BAM Harvey Theatre as a part of the 2013 Next Wave Festival. This is the festival's 31st season presenting the very best in contemporary performance and features artist talks, storytelling, visual art and film. There will also be a talk titled On Vampires, led by the New Yorker magazine critic Joan Acocella on the 1st of November in BAM's Hillman Attic Studio.
More information about the festival and the show can be found at BAM’s website.
Read about the production's visit to London here and view a video made by TR Warszawa here.
The TR Warszawa Foundation is a co-producer of the festival and support for Nosferatu was provided by Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Sources: bam.org, press materials, own materials, author: SMG 22/10/2013