Paweł Passini's piece"Turandot", performed by the neTTheatre and Grupa Coincidentia, won the Total Theatre Award at The Fringe festival in Edinburgh on the 25th of August. The production was also awarded with the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel prize on Friday, 19th of August and received a series of favourable reviews from various theatre columns and publications.
"Turandot" inspired by Puccin's opera and directed by Paweł Passini; photo: neTTheatre-Teatr w Sieci Powiązań and Grupa Coincidentia
Paweł Passini's piece"Turandot", performed by the neTTheatre and Grupa Coincidentia, won the Total Theatre Award at The Fringe festival in Edinburgh on the 25th of August
The production was also awarded with the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel prize on Friday, 19th of August and received a series of favourable reviews from various theatre columns and publications, including the following review in the 12th August issue of The Herald (excerpt):
It's Turandot - but not as we know it. There's no opulent chorus of soaring voices, no colourful pomp or elaborate scenery. Instead, a darkened stage houses fragments of a grotesque puppet-play, bizarre moments of performance, bursts of film footage and a chorus of three dark-clad men who use sign language instead of voices.
- Mary Brennan, "Deconstructing opera's heroes"
Review by Thom Dibdin published online at 11:19 on Wednesday 10 August 2011 at thestage.co.uk/edinburgh:
Skewering its way into the head of the composer Puccini in the last few weeks of his life, Polish company neTTheatre's production captures all the violence and sensuality of Turandot, the opera which he was racing to finish while he was dying of throat cancer. Director and writer Pawell Passini brings the whole range of performance forms to the stage.
Puccini is embodied in both Mariusz Laskowski and a hollow mannequin made of bandages which hangs above stage at the production's start. His music comes in pre-recorded arias,
amplified half-singing from the stage and live easy-listening organ. Those in his real world, such as Dagmara Sowa as his wife, become part of his imagination, which rises up and people's the stage.
Over it all, a narrative arc is provided by Passini's reading of Puccini's letters during those last weeks. The history of his wife's incarceration, his servant girl's suicide after being accused of having an affair with him, his inability to work, the internal conflict over lines. And it all spills out on to the stage. Laskowski fighting with unfeasibly tall Chomczyk – blood-splattered blow after blood splattered blow.
This is theatre of the edge, a vivid, visceral production which, while hard to watch, still demands that you come back to experience it again.
The show, produced in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, is part of the Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council. On Monday the 5th of September, it travels to Kiev, where it will be shown as part of the DimChimer Festival. For more on the Ukrainian showing of Turandot, see: "Passini's Turbulent Turandot Takes the Stage in Kiev".
Plays shown in Kiev in addition to the neTTheatre's perfomance are: "The Brothers Karamazov" of Teatr Provisorium, "Ferdydurke" from the Teatr Provisorium and Kompania Teatr and "The Hunger of Knut Hamsun" by the Lublin Dance Theatre and Scena Prapremier InVitro.
Source: Adam Mickiewicz Institute