4th Festival 1994

Main programme

Mittwoch 23. Nov. // 17.00 – 18.15 Uhr und 22.00 – 23.15 Uhr
Donnerstag 24. Nov. // 19.00 – 20.15 Uhr und 22.00 – 23.15 Uhr
Freitag 25. Nov. // 19.00 – 20.15 Uhr und 22.00 – 23.15 Uhr
Samstag 26. Nov. // 17.00 – 18.15 Uhr und 22.00 – 23.15 Uhr
Sonntag 27. Nov. // 17.00 – 18.15 Uhr und 22.00 – 23.15 Uhr
Ernst-Beyer-Haus (Poetisches Theater)

Theatre TUBB II, Wrocław

(»Die Zelle«)



Konzeption und Inszenierung:

Krysztof Zuber


Zbigniew Mlądzki, Krzysztof Zuber


Jacek Ćwikła


Jan Garbarek, Godflash, Lights in a Fat City, Dis Harmonic Orchestra, This Mortail Coil, Laibach, Sound of Birds (Collage: Paweł Kowalczyk)

Technische Leitung:

Jacek Bereżański


Katarzyna Krośniak, Joanna Krupska, Andrzej Czech, Paweł Kowalczyk, Sebastian Kopiej, Jarosław Uspieński, Tomasz Waszkiewicz

Die Musik wird eingespielt.

The darkness appears ghostly in the room and in its eeriness the deep silence almost evokes fear. Suddenly such a cacophony spews into the room. Is this cell a gaol or an expression of the imprisonment of one's own ego? The desperate young men are still nearly children. Were they as soldiers forcibly incarcerated or were they themselves responsible for the loss of their freedom through some mysterious circumstances? And why does the beautiful Iong-haired girl locked in a cage give the impression of a recently captured wild tigress?

Violence and suppression break out. It would be easier to follow the events should they have happened during some past war. But some comparisons to the present emerge quickly. The theatre also offers moments of hope but: to be seen because freedom of physical movement is no guarantee for an individual's intrinsic independence.

»The Cell« can be almost called a sensational discovery. Its overwhelming concept consists of involving each individual member of the audience directly in the production and to let him become a part of the stage proceedings. (Naturally it will remain a secret here how it is done! But have no fear, one does not have to either speak or act.) Only 24 spectators are allowed per performance – and not even a single one more than that.

The TUBB II theatre exists since 1978 and differs much from many other Polish stages through its unconventional, experimental productions. Besides many stage performances it also holds street theatre entertainment and organises yearly the »lnternational Festival of Young Theatre« in Wrocław. TUBB II performed often in Poland and abroad as. In 1993 it participated in the famous summer festival at Avignon.

»A completely silent play, accompanied by aggressive music and forceful sound effects … The performance is a metaphor of the conscious as well as unconscious fight for freedom« (Tadeusz Burzynski, Gazeta Robotnicza, Wrocław, 15.06.1993).

Das Gastspiel erfolgt mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch das Polnische Institut, Leipzig.