9th Festival 1999

Main programme

Mittwoch 03. Nov. und Donnerstag 04. Nov. // 22.00 – 23.00 Uhr

Compagnie Elizabeth Czerczuk, Wrocław / Paris


Stück nach Oscar Wilde


Textfassung, Inszenierung und Spiel:

Elizabeth Czerczuk

Berater bei der Inszenierung:

Daniel Mesguich


Richard Strauss

In französischer Sprache

A passionate dialogue between Salomé and the prophet Jochanaan, whom she desires with all her senses. Whipped up emotions of a drama that ends fatally. A monologue with one's beloved or with death – is there even a difference?

»The secret of love is larger than the secret of death...« This most important sentence from Oscar Wilde's »Salomé« is also the recognition that the longing for an intimate relationship must probably remain unfulfilled or perhaps that the longing in itself already represents the fulfilment.

The fate of a beautiful woman who lives at the court of Herodes, lonely. In her superficiality she finds the prophet merely »charming«, without inquiring in the least after his human and spiritual values. Just a case of neurosis, which Sigmund Freud began to analyze at the same time? The aestheticization of a reality suppressed into subconsciousness, exposing the chasms of the soul. A moment of fulfilment, even if in death.

Elizabeth Czerczuk received her theatrical education in the city of her birth, Wrocław, in Kraków, and at the theater laboratory of Jerzy Grotowski. In 1991 she moved to the Concervatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique in Paris and also took classes with Marcel Marceau. Her rolls and guest performances can hardly be counted, and she has produced pieces as well, above all by Polish authors, such as Witkiewicz and Mickiewicz. »Salomé« received well over 250 performances in the Théâtre de Nesle in Paris and was also presented in St. Petersburg, Lisbon, Kraków, and Avignon.

Daniel Mesguich is a sought-after director in Paris, among whose numerous productions »Paris Life« by Jacques Offenbach (1997) and »The Tempest« by Shakespeare (1998) were performed at the Comédie française.

Uraufführung: 16.12.1992, Paris
Premiere der Neufassung: 17.04.1999, Paris

Produktion: Théâtre de Nesle, Paris

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