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Gruda ziemi, bryła lodu
A Clod of Earth, a Lump of Ice

Author(s): Joanna Wichowska
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: Theatre; Michał Borczuch; Review

Summary/Abstract: A review of The Snow Queen directed by Michał Borczuch (the Jerzy Szaniawski Dramatyczny Theater in Wałbrzych). Wichowska feels that this play composed of Andersen fairy tales, describing the lives of polar explorers at a research site combined with the topos of the North as a territory carved out of ice, is ostentatiously anti-narrative, consistently incidental, dotted with many incompatible elements. Analyzing the characters of Kaja and Gerdy and their words, she proves that the artists depart from “fairy-tale magic,” a metaphysical aura, sentimentality, and Andersen’s didactic catechism. She also sees Borczuch’s Snow Queen, performed in a horse stable at the Książ Castle, as an example of site specific art.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 111
  • Page Range: 2-4
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: Polish