2005 The Wedding (Wesele)
For many years Scena’s director wanted to take on Stanislaw Wyspianski’s classic. Over 100 years since the first ever performance of Wesele in Poland, youth on the other side of the world, were able to recreate the sense and purpose of Wyspanski’s writing. The atmosphere surrounding preparations for the play was absolutely unforgettable, and proved how magical and contemporary the themes of this historic drama were.
Rehearsals lasted over five months and the final stages of preparation were very intense. Once again, the help of Marta Kaczmarek enhanced the quality of the overall performance.
Recreating the inside of the house where the wedding took place, an old barn house in Bronowice, Poland, was one of the major challenges of this production. On top of the many characteristic props that were needed (20 century swords, revolvers, candle sticks, a historic painting of the Lady Madonna), the director wanted to build the house itself. This achievement involved a group of ten men working intensely over a number days. The foyer was transformed with haystacks and sickles to set the atmosphere for audience members. The play commenced with the entrance of the bridal party, accompanied by a short dance by the Polish folk ensemble, Kukuleczka.
Wesele was performed four times in Perth and once in Hobart as part of the PolART 2006 festival.
Premiere: 30 April 2005, Cracovia Club, Beechboro.
|Pan Młody||Grzegorz Niedżwiadek|
|Panna Młoda||Iza Bernaciak (previously Ewa Gorecka)|
|Rachela||Alicja Majewska (previously Kasia Kaczmarek)|
|Director, Staging And Props||Tomasz Bujakowski|