Dziady (Forefathers’ Eve) is a series of poetic dramas by the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz. It is considered a masterpiece of Polish Romanticism. Dziady refers to an ancient Belarusian feast commemorating the dead. Radosław Rychcik interprets the play principally as an allegory of freedom and rebellion; as a fantasy and a dream. He says, “Dziady is a voice regarding racism and the abolishing of divisions: between black and white, good and bad, between masters and slaves”. The plot has been transferred from the outer reaches of Eastern Europe to America, and the theme of the play has been replaced with slavery, racial segregation and American pop culture.
Radosław Rychcik (born in 1981) majored in Polish philology at the University of Warsaw and in theatre directing at the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts, Krakow. He made his debut in 2008 with Forma przetrwalnikowa, based on the blog of Kasia Kostecka, a Polish doctor seeking professional success in the UK. In his works, he tests different conventions. For instance Versus. W gęstwinie miast was reminiscent of a show staged in a fighting ring (2008); Samotność pól bawełnianych (English title: In the Solitude of Cotton Fields by Bernard-Marie Koltès) featured live music performed by the band Natural Born Chillers (2009); whilst in his adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, he made formal allusions to the operatic productions of Robert Wilson and to Peter Greenaway (2010).
Direction: Radosław Rychcik
Set design and costumes: Anna Maria Karczmarska
Music, multimedia: Michał Lis, Piotr Lis
Performed by: Gabriela Frycz, Oksana Hamerska, Anna Mierzwa, Julia Rybakowska, Maria Rybarczyk, Marta Szumieł, Martyna Zaremba, Grzegorz Gołaszewski, Michał Kocurek
Mirosław Kropielnicki, Mateusz Ławrynowicz, Andrzej Niemyt, Tomasz Nosinski, Bartosz Nowicki, Mariusz Puchalski, Maciej Zabielski, Mariusz Zaniewski
and Extras: Sylwia Achu, Mandar Purandare, Maria Magdalena Haile, Emily Wong, Sibonisiwe Ndlovu – Sucharska, Anthony Juste, Luzia Avelino – Viegas, Muhsin Nassir Ali , Aster Haile, Leopold Abai
Honorary patronage of the show’s première: Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Plenipotentiary of the Government for Equal Treatment
Teatr Nowy Partners for the show’s première: Dąbex, Stilnovisti, Kwiaciarnia Vivaldi