The performance produced by Piotr Cieplak and based on the prose of Itzik Manger is a magical tale of foreign worlds and earthly reality. "The Book of Paradise" presents the spiritual world in an unusual, topsy-turvy wayAt the same time, it is also an attempt to demystified the traditional vision of paradise. In this play, everything is entirely unexpected...
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In presenting a fantastic vision of the quirky workings of heaven and earth, "The Book of Paradise" demonstrates an attempt to demystify the traditional vision of paradise. In this play, everything is entirely unexpected.
Piotr Cieplak explains:
It's a touching, sad, yet humorous story of people who were once angels, but by a flick on the nose were hurled to earth, forgetting about their original angel-state. But one of the angels manages to retain his memories of heaven, and his story becomes the fulcrum of this performance.
The performance premieres on December 17 at the **in*Ester Rachel Kaminska and Ida Kaminska Jewish Theatre*in_te_zydowski_warszawa** in Warsaw. Jewish legend has it that every soul lies in paradise before ascending into the human body. Before coming down to earth, it is deprived of heavenly memories by one of the angels. This production allows one of those souls to hold on to those memories and share them with others.
Yiddish author Itzik Manger's writing are characterised by a colourful mix of fantasy, folk and biography, illustrated with Biblical references and modern life of the 20th Century. Manger's tale has been adapted to the present day, full of the trappings of modern life: such as transvestites and shopping-mall hookers. It also brings out the characteristics traditional of Jewish culture and Jewish humour. Puppets will play alongside the actors from the Jewish Theatre.
The Book of Paradise based on the writings of Itzik Manger; Adaptation and Direction: Piotr Cieplak; Set design : Andrzej Witkowski; Music: Raphael Rogiński and the team from Cukunft; Musical arrangement and sound effects: Paweł Czepułkowski; Choreography: Leszek Bzdyl; Cast: Kamila Boruta, Monika Chrząstowska, Ewa Dąbrowska, Ewa Greś, Joanna Przybyłowska, Izabella Rzeszowska, Monika Soszka, Ernestyna Winnicka, Marcin Błaszak, Piotr Chomik, Ryszard Kluge, Grzegorz Kulikowski, Mikołaj Miller, Henryk Rajfer, Rafał Rutowicz, Piotr Sierecki, Jerzy Walczak, Marek Węglarski, Wojciech Wiliński, Piotr Wiszniowski, Małgosia Łata and Józio Napiórkowski; Puppeteers: Zuzanna Gaińska, Agnieszka Makowska, Kamila Puciłowska, Maciej Dużyński.
Premiere: December 17, 2010.
Source: Press materials
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