On Friday, 12 May (7 pm), the Jerzy Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych (pl. Teatralny 1) will host the premiere of Had it not been for smoking, Pina would have been alive. Interdisciplinary artist Cezary Tomaszewski, in collaboration with the Jerzy Szaniawski Dranatyczny Theatre company, pays a nostalgic and humorous tribute to the great artist, Pina Bausch. Since all of the company actors are currently trying to kick the habit, the performance emerges from the mist of smoke, interlacing a variety of genres spanning documentary, biography, concert, dance theatre and farce.
The piece recounts a story of addiction to cigarettes and art making; vulnerability to nicotine and a charismatic leader; the sense of loss and mourning. Simply speaking, it is about Pina Bausch, dance and Wuppertal but seen through Wałbrzych lenses.
“I’m not interested in how people move as what moves them.” ? Pina Bausch.
Repeat performances will Take place on 13-14 May (Public Theatre Day, ?Theatre ticket for 500 grosz apiece?).
Director and choreographer: Cezary Tomaszewski
Dramaturgy: Aldona Kopkiewicz
Assistant director + dramaturgical consultant: Marta Aksztin, Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak (PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Cracow)
Stage and costume design: BRACIA (Agnieszka Klepacka + Maciej Chorąży)
Hairstylist: Kacper Rączkowski
Lighting design: Antoni Grałek
Music adaptation and vocal consultation: Weronika Krówka
Music: Abba, Aguilera, Beethoven, Couperin, Czajkowski, Debussy, Dowland, Eurythmics, Handel, S.Joplin, Mozart, Ponchielli, Purcell, Reichgott, Spears, Wagner
Cast: Weronika Krówka [guest appearance], Joanna Łaganowska, Rozalia Mierzicka, Irena Wójcik, Włodzimierz Dyła [guest appearance], Rafał Kosowski, Filip Perkowski, Dariusz Skowroński, Piotr Tokarz