The Optimist's Testament
Łaźnia Nowa Theater in Cracow
The absurd and ironic tone of the story became an inspiration for a minimalist performance using the language of dance theater. The production refers to the climate of Aki Kaurismäki’s films, which perfectly corresponds to the irony of Mrożek’s text. Live songs play a special role, as they are a kind of monologue of inner failure heroes. Maintained in the convention of a concert-funeral, the performance is arranged in a multidimensional narrative, dealing with the problem of death in a subtle, pathos-free way.
Concept, directing and choreography: Dominika Knapik
Dramaturgy: Wojciech Klimczyk
Music: Anna Szwajgier
Cast: Dominika Knapik, Magdalena Przybysz, Tomasz Chołoniewski
Photos: Kuba Dąbrowski