Bożena Suchocka is set to premiere one of Ireneusz Iredyński's (1939–1985) plays. The lyricist and rebel playwright has been recognised as one of the most interesting post-war dramatists, and one who lays bare human immorality. His works illustrate the demonic games people play with others and with themselves. The play’s protagonist is an artist condemned to the deviance of a mysterious inspector who wants to manage his career and life. To create it anew. Like God..
Pictured (from left): Marcin Hycnar and Jerzy Radziwiłowicz; photo by Marek Dusza
The lyricist and rebel playwright has been recognised as one of the most interesting post-war dramatists, and one who lays bare human immorality
Bożena Suchocka is set to premiere one of Ireneusz Iredyński's (1939–1985) plays. His works illustrate the demonic games people play with others and with themselves. The play's protagonist is an artist condemned to the deviance of a mysterious inspector who wants to manage his career and life. To create it anew. Like God.
Jan Nowak is a young man who, through painting, finds an escape from psychological illness. Seven years earlier he had been detained in a psychiatric ward. Now he finds he can only obtain alleviation and escape from his past demons by copying painterly masterpieces. He evades stimulants and strong sensations. He leads a calm life, devoid of stress and finds a life partner in Gosia, a simple woman, interested in only fine clothing.
In their life, everything changes with the unexpected appearance of Man. Intelligent, well-to-do 'man' gives himself over as an expert in the art market offering Jan guidance in his career.
In the beginning, he simply begins to develop the young artist's personality. He suggests various reading material. He gradually hints at which picture Jan should devote himself to. He orders twenty canvasses, all of which need to be signed with the signature 'No One', he forces envelopes filled with money on the unwilling artist.
The painter becomes successful. He becomes the sensation of the season, his work awakens the interests of connoisseurs. New orders for paintings emerge, and the cash flows steadily in. Nevertheless, the Man does not work without interest and his guidance begins a cynical game. But the game is subject to time.
In Creation Ireneusz Iredyński sets forth a sullen vision of creation as the terrain of perfidious hocus-pocus and manipulation. Everything is a copy, a repetition and an illusion. Artistic personality, such as it is, without cynical agents, ceases to matter. Authenticity has no chance.
Iredyński's play, from its premiere at the Jan Kochanowski Theatre
(1984) in Opolu has been repeatedly shown on polish stages, most recently in 1993 at the New Theatre in Zabrzu.
- Ireneusz Iredyński's Creation" /"Kreacja; director: Bożena Suchocka; scenography: Jan Kozikowski; starring: Anna Gryszkówna, Marcin Hycnar, Jerzy Radziwiłowicz; Studio premiere: September 10, 2010.
National Theatre in Warsaw
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Director: Krzysztof Torończyk
Artistic Director: Jan Englert
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Source: press release, www.narodowy.pl