Paweł Passini's new piece, inspired by Giaccomo Puccini's last and unfinished work, as well as William S. Burrough's "Naked Lunch", is referred to by the director as an 'opera for the hearing impaired'
"Turandot" inspired by Puccin's opera and directed by Paweł Passini; photo: neTTheatre-Teatr w Sieci Powiązań and Grupa Coincidentia
Paweł Passini's new piece, inspired by Giaccomo Puccini's last and unfinished work, as well as William S. Burrough's Naked Lunch, is referred to by the director as an "opera for the hearing impaired"
Created in collaboration between the neTTheatre-Teatr w Sieci Powiązań from Lublin and Grupa Coincidentia from Białystok, and awarded the jury prize at the 16th Staging of Polish Contemporary Plays competition, the performance is invited to take part in this year's edition of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The piece is shown twenty three times at the New Town Theatre between 4-16 and 18-27 of August 2011.
The well know story of the chinese Turandot princess that kills her suitors who cannot solve the riddles that she proposes, Paweł Passini tied together with the biography of the composer and his last days. In the performance, Puccini, an eccentric prince Calaf, longs to win the hand of the cruel Turandot, and ends up in the princess' kingdom. The experiences that he becomes witness to result in the hero waking in China, where his music is not heard, and the only administrative language that is used is that of sign. Grzegorz Józefczuk writes in Gazeta Wyborcza (Lublin nr 245 online edition, 19 October 2009):
The development of the dramatic tension is particularly due to the excellent performances given by the actors. Their physicality at times force one to want to close your eyes, but things take place on stage that you just have to see.
The cast is made up of Paweł Chomczyk, Mariusz Laskowski, Dagmara Sowa, Katarzyna Tadeusz and Iga Załęczna, and all deserve mention. Laskowski, as Puccini, is indeed very special. He is a man on the border of life and death, and is literally an arm's length away. Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska writes in Dwutygodnik (19 October 2009):
The piece is not linear in structure, it is more dream-like. The scenes with Puccini's last days of life intertwine with visions from the 'evil empire'. And all this is accompanied by arias sung by the actors, and fragments of the opera played and mixed live by the director himself.
The performance is presented using the Polish version of the sign language.
Turandot, script, direction and music: Paweł Passini; visualisations: Maria Porzyc; stage design co-operation: Michalina Kostecka; sign language consultation: Magdalena Urbańska; cast: Dagmara Sowa, Katarzyna Tadeusz, Iga Załęczna, Paweł Chomiczyk, Mariusz Laskowski and students from Zespół Szkół nr 3 / School nr 3 in Lublin; premier: 16th October 2009; performance showings in Edinburgh: 4-16 and 18-27 August 2011.
artistic director: Paweł Passini
ul. Peowiaków 12; 20-007 Lublin
tel. 0-505 176 157 (Paweł Passini)
c/o Centrum Kultury w Lublinie / The Centre for Culture in Lublin
c/o 16-010 Wasilków
ul. Krucza 24/22
tel. (+48) 601 179 070 - Paweł Chomczyk
tel. (+48) 607 979 159 - Dagmara Sowa
Source: press release, www.neTTheatre.pl, www.grupacoincidentia.pl, www.edfringe.com