Directed by: Agnieszka Olsten

Music: katarzyna Borek, Wojciech Orszewski

Grand Prix “Dosky” for the best theatre music at the International Festival in Nitra/Slovakia

“Do you think that even the saints can rise up today and tell us something in the actual language of our times? Perhaps their suffering is no smaller than ours… Or?
This production is based on the play by one of the most important contemporary Slovak playwrights, Karol Horák from Košice. Evidence of Blood has a special place in the string of historical plays by Horák, mainly because of its subject. The fate of three priests, now saints, who find themselves in an existential situation on the border between life and death during the time of the anti-Habsburg uprising lead by Gabriel Betlen, are the starting point for playing out the situations taking place in the background of the historical events. But the past says a lot about our presence in this production. The stories of St Stephen Pongrác (Jesuit from Transylvania), St Marek Križin (Esztergom canon), and St Melchior Grodziecky (Polish Jesuit) serve to depict our present time and reality. The subject is a sensitive one from the contemporary perspective. Religious intolerance, the confessional schism of the Christianity, national passions – all of it still smoulders in the social awareness. Evidence of Blood depicts a dramatic and human story which happened in Košice and evoked a big response in the whole of Europe. The production uses a complete arsenal of expressive means of the contemporary theatre of the 21st century. A universal stage space showing some kind of a butchery which multiplies the brutality of the depicted theme. A new kind of acting while not being immersed in the emotions, a distantly emotive music and singing. The piling of shocking scenes, the fragments, the manifested feelings of the creators…
A deliberate making of parallel connections between history and present. Just like the meat is boned and portioned, with the same force of penetration, the creators grasp the subject, the historical figures and circumstances, the literary original. The resulting stage form sharply affects the spectator, and that is what is important for the authors. They increase the meaning of elegiac as well as animalistic reflections of the reality of today, at the same time mirroring the past. The image and its present enjambment are promoted above the meaning of the historical reality. The spectator is fascinated by the provocative scenes, often full of blood and violence, of screaming and expression, the assorting of situations and pictures which create a new and autonomous stage reality. How many impulses from the distant past (in a truly non-traditional theatre processing) can make our blood boil?”

Svetozár Sprušanský

Date: January 30 Category: Theatre music