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Krzysztof Warlikowski - We Are Leaving

Year / Length:2018, 210’
From:“Suitcase Packers” by Hanoch Levin
Translation into Polish:Jacek Poniedziałek
Adaptation:Krzysztof Warlikowski, Piotr Gruszczyński
Direction:Krzysztof Warlikowski
Set design and costumes:Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Music:Paweł Mykietyn
Light design:Felice Ross
Movement:Claude Bardouil
Animation and video:Kamil Polak
Dramaturgy:Piotr Gruszczyński
Collaboration to dramaturgy:Adam Radecki
Make-up and wigs:Monika Kaleta
Cast:Bartosz Bielenia, Mariusz Bonaszewski, Agata Buzek, Andrzej Chyra, Magdalena Cielecka, Ewa Dałkowska, Bartosz Gelner, Maciej Gąsiu Gośniowski, Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak, Wojciech Kalarus, Marek Kalita, Dorota Kolak, Monika Niemczyk, Maja Ostaszewska, Jaśmina Polak, Piotr Polak, Jacek Poniedziałek, Magdalena Popławska
Stage manager:Łukasz Jóźków
Assistant directors:Katarzyna Łuszczyk, Adam Kasjaniuk, Jeremi Pedowicz
Production manager:Hubert Prekurat
Technical manager:Paweł Kamionka
Set construction:Paweł Paciorek
Sound:Mirosław Burkot
Lighting:Dariusz Adamski
Video:Tomasz Jóźwin
Make-up:Joanna Chudyk, Monika Kaleta
Props:Tomasz Laskowski
Wardrobe:Ewa Sokołowska, Elżbieta Fornalska
Stage:Tomasz Laskowski, Kacper Maszkiewicz
Translation into English:Artur Zapałowski
Subtitles:Zofia Szymanowska
Production:Nowy Teatr, Warsaw
Co-production:Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris; La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand; Théâtre de Liège, Hellenic Festival, Athens; Bonlieu Scène national Annecy; CULTURESCAPES Switzerland, Basel


Krzysztof Warlikowski returns to Hanoch Levin’s work twelve years after he directed Krum, where his staging of the play followed a totally new interpretation, and was a great step forward in Warlikowski’s career. This time, the director reaches for the Suitcase Packers. Since his first production of Levin’s work, Poland and Europe have faced many dramatic events. Once, Krum would return to his homeland after an unsuccessful foray abroad, full of hope for his next adventures. Now, everyone is packing up or dying. This great migration of peoples across the world is replicated at a local stage in Levin’s text, as a mirror of all the anxieties and movements taking place on a grand scale. We do not know where Levin’s characters are headed but everyone is doubtlessly trying to get as far away as possible from “here”, but nobody wants to leave their own home.
When returning to his favourite authors, Warlikowski never settles for well trodden paths.
A rebellion is brewing, a fight of maturity against the attempted appropriation of territories of freedom, and imprisonment within peaceful regimes in exchange for submission. Life is never peaceful even when there is no politicising, let alone when the times are turbulent! Levin’s work, as the starting point for the performance, offers a wonderful gallery of characters who will be brought to life by the performers in Krzysztof Warlikowski’s company at Nowy Teatr in Warsaw.

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