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Current production:

godhead
A metatragedy in three parts

Written and directed by Joshua Crone
Translated by Marta Orczykowska

Premiers Nov. 20 at Krakow's Scena pod Ratuszem
Additional performances: Nov. 21, Dec. 11,12

With Dorota Bochenek, Krzysztof Bochenek, Grzegorz Juras, Marcin Kalisz, Robert Koszucki, Piotr Piecha, Krystian Wojtarowicz, Agnieszka Zieleziecka.

Set in the California desert town of Darwin, Godhead follows the birth, youth and institutionalization of Dion, a self-proclaimed incarnation of Dionysus. The cycle draws heavily on the mythology of Euripides' Bacchae, and finds its stylistic precedent in the American Western surrealism of Sam Shepard and John Steppling.

At the trilogy's heart lies a radical reinterpretation of the Dionysian myth, and an implicit challenge to the classical definition of tragedy. By presenting the divine conception of Dionysus as a story of deception, incest, and vengeance, the traditional deus ex machina is made redundant; no god is needed to set the infernal machine in motion; the cycle of madness is driven by what is darkest, least rational in man. And so tragedy, no longer the province of gods reaching into the works and tinkering with men's fates, nor of playwrights stage-managing the audience's hearts, becomes again a hymn to man's blind urge to destruction. The dithyramb reconnects with the oldest, most universal ritual, in which men carved masks after their own worst faces, and joined in a frenzied dance meant to frighten away the beast within.

And in their midst, Dionysus, conceived of lust and born of fear, stands as a scapegoat that attracts as violently as he repels, that bruises his fists on the glass ceiling of the Human Divine, that offers himself as a sacrifice, by whose blood our bestial nature is, for a while, appeased.

 

 


Agnieszka Zieleziecka and Katarzyna Nowak
phot. Adrian Spuła


Rafał Zawierucha and Marcin Kalisz

phot. Adrian Spuła


Grzegorz Juras and Piotr Piecha
phot. Adrian Spuła


Dorota Bochenek (
phot. Adrian Spuła)