Jacek Bała director and text adaptator
Robert Stiller translator
Karolina Mazur scenographer
Sambor Dudziński music
Ireneusz Pawliszyn lightning director
Maria Stokowska director’s assistant
Marcin Całka stage manager
Krzysztof Woźniak / Ireneusz Pawliszyn lightning operators
Paweł Szymkowiak sound operator
Natalia Jesionowska Jeanne
Grzegorz Przybył Paul
Michał Rolnicki Tom
Maria Stokowska-Misiurkiewicz Mère
Two people unknown to each other. Steel bridge. Empty apartment. Lust… How much is needed at the bottom to bring out brute passion? Is it possible to bond man and women through carnal emotions only? And if it is, what will be the consequeances? Paul and Jeanne are caught in a trap of such relationship. Every one of them has something to hide, but they face one another naked to escape oppresive reality.
After Bernardo Bertolucci’s film premiere social and cultural scandal exploded. For the first time cinema talked about sexuality so openly and unpretentiously. One complaint after another was brought to courts, and censorship was trying to cut-out majority of explicit scenes. Though the film quickly became a box-office hit in the West, in communist Poland was a forbidden subject. In our country it premiered on 19th August 2011 only! Today, when sex on silver screen isn’t a tabu anymore, and just the opposite, we get used to it, it’s worth to reflect on his status also on stage.
For adults only.
Bała’s "Last Tango in Paris" is grotesque deconstruction of Bertolucci’s picture from 1972. […] Charactertistic wisdom of pervesion gets fade and lovers get depersonalised. Sexual surrender becomes a contribution to breakup of identity and consequently total loss of subjectivity. Steel skeleton of a railway bridge turns a exceptionally skilfull methaphor of erotic trap that swallowed theatre characters.
For sure applause to S. Dudziński for music that becomes an actor of presentation, not only backgroud and for K. Mazur for stage design. On Malarnia Stage arises Parisian bridge where Paul meets Jeanne. Its steel columns in a way remind a cage where two heros are locked.
In Bała’s "Tango…" there is no tango – no improvisation, nearness and partners. Not love but its death in Paris, not Argentinian tango, but pop dance macabre is given us by J. Bała. Without compromise and risky. But isn’t a theatre for the brave?
> Forum Of Young Directors 2013, Kraków