Opening Night: 14 April 2012
Author: Aeschylus
Title: Oresteia
Original Title: Ορέστεια
Translator: Maciej Słomczyński 
Director
: Maja Kleczewska

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall

Oresteia

director: Maja Kleczewska
music: Agata Zubel
set and lighting designer: Katarzyna Borkowska
drafting of the script: Łukasz Chotkowski
conductor: Wojciech Rodek
video projection: Bartosz Nalazek
stage movement: Cezary Tomaszewski
choreography, dancing on ropes: Anna Sąsiadek

Co-production of the National Theatre and the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera.

Spectacle for adult audiences.

The play contains processed excerpts from Euripides’ Hecuba and Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris (trans. Jerzy Łanowski), Aeschylus’ Oresteia (trans. Stefan Srebrny), Christa Wolf’s Cassandra (trans. Sławomir Bałut), Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage (trans. Maria Olszańska, Karol Sawicki), Heiner Müller’s Macbeth (trans. Elżbieta Jeleń), David Hare’s The Hours (informal Polish dialogue list – www.napisy.pl), Heiner Müller’s Description from a Picture (trans. Jacek St. Buras).

Cast:

Clytemnestra Danuta Stenka
Agamemnon Mirosław Konarowski
Cassandra Wiktoria Gorodeckaja
Orestes Sebastian Pawlak (guest actor)
Electra Kamilla Baar
Aegisthus Paweł Paprocki
Aegisthus Robert Jarociński
Aegisthus Wojciech Solarz
Aegisthus / Apollo Przemysław Stippa
Corypheus / Nurse / Fury Anna Chodakowska

soloists:
Athene Tomasz Piluchowski
Apollo Artur Stefanowicz

soloist (drums) Leszek Lorent

Chorus and orchestra of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
sopranos Anna Adamko, Magdalena Freino, Katarzyna Grabska-Miroszczuk, Justyna Kabała, Magdalena Majlert-Strzałka, Joanna Michalska
altos Joanna Jękot-Bajtlik, Monika Kowalska, Marzanna Pogłud-Kisielewska, Dagmara SokalskaBeata Ułas, Katarzyna Zimak
tenors Tomasz Borkowski, Igor Buczyński, Robert Dullas, Maciej Dunin-Borkowski, Adam Miroszczuk, Michał Zambrzycki
basses Radosław Flasza, Piotr Gałecki, Michał Harasym, Jacek Kostoń, Marcin Maciak, Artur Żołnach
musicians (drums) Katarzyna Bojaryn, Jan Smoczyński

The producers would like to thank Anna, Justyna and Roland Frelichowski from Bydgoszcz for recording sound materials helpful in the work on the performance.

Production team:

  • director's assistant: Marta Szepietowska
  • set designer's assistant: Elwira Szyszka
  • costume designer's assistant: Anita Trzaskowska
  • lighting technicians: Krzysztof Stefan, Zbigniew Szulim
  • sound technicians: Rafał Barański, Mariusz Maszewski
  • stage manager: Ewa Dworecka
  • prompter: Jolanta Szydłowska

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