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Kim jest Edek?
Who Is Edek?

Author(s): Thomas Irmer
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: review; Sławomir Mrożek; "Tango"; Landesbühne Sachsen w Dreźnie; Klaus‑Peter Fischer

Summary/Abstract: A review of Tango directed by Klaus-Peter Fischer (Landesbühne Sachsen in Dresden, premiere: 5.12.2014). Irmer notes that Sławomir Mrożek's drama was once very popular, read as a philosophical parable of cultural transformations, with the character of Artur in the center. With this return to the text after almost twenty years of its total absence on German stages, she notes a major shift in its interpretation. Irmer describes the historical (trauma caused by the destruction of cities in 1945), social, and political (the arising of a Dresden civic movement against Islamization) context of the premiere, indicating that Edek is central to Fischer's very classical staging. As a “plebian who radically changes and annihilates everything he fuses the history of many generations into a new tale through Tango.”

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 127-128
  • Page Range: 146-148
  • Page Count: 3