ul. Świerkowa 2, Otrębusy
In the unusual double jubilee year – the 100th Anniversary of Regaining Independence by Poland and the 70th Anniversary of Mazowsze – the ensemble undertakes a new project. We are preparing an unusual performance, based on Lucjan Rydel’s dramatic play Betlejem Polskie [Polish Bethlehem]. About 150 people are taking part in our performance – actors, solo singers, as well as ballet, choir, and orchestra artists.
In Rydel’s Polish Bethlehem the events take place in three time periods – present day Poland, our history, and biblical times. The events are written into the Polish landscape and historical reality – they revive the past. Jesus is born in the midst of the Polish winter, and Bethlehem lies somewhere in Poland – maybe in Małopolska, maybe in Kaszuby. King Herod of the Bible is not only the ruler of ancient Palestine, but Poland’s oppressor and Russificator; the Three Kings are our historic rulers – Casimir the Great, Władysław Jagiełło, and John III Sobieski.
The makers of the performance, while keeping balance between the sacred and universal aspects, delve a little bit outside of the screenplay’s scope, as is the theatrical tradition. They tie the story to the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland, the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, and the dramatic events of December 1970, which foretold another spurt for independence in Poland in the ‘80s.
Tying the story to these magnificent events in our history, we aim not only to create a patriotic picture of our national fates, but most of all a humorous performance full of dance and song, with the choirs of angels, the Holy Family, and also with the most beautiful Christmas songs and carols.
The premiere performance, crowning the jubilee year, is planned for December 7, 2018.
Adapted and directed by: Zbigniew Kułagowski
Music supervisor: Jacek Boniecki
Music and arrangements: Krystian Segda
Choreography: Wioletta Milczuk
Vocal supervisor: Mirosław Ziomek
Choreographic consultant: Zbigniew Czapski-Kłoda
Costumes: Zofia de Ines, Mira Zimińska-Sygietyńska, Rafał Orłowski
Set decorator: Tadeusz Smolicki
Visuals: Dawid Kozłowski
Lighting design: Łukasz Różewicz
Sound design: Piotr Mastalerski
Assistant set decorator: Małgorzata Haberska
Assistant director: Piotr Borek