The 23rd Gdansk Shakespeare Festival



Centrum Św. Jana


18:00 | 20:30
Teatr Polski, Poznań, Poland


Duration: 2h 30min
The Golden Yorick Competition

Based on Williama Shakespeare’s „The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” translated into Polish by. St. Barańczak and Heinera Müller’s “HamletMachine” translated into Polish by J. St. Buras

The story of Hamlet written by William Shakespeare around 1599-1602 became a cultural code transmitted all over the world for five hundred years. “Hamlet” is a machine driving generations through humanistic ideas, never to cease.

Twentieth century has ended, and its lessons were forgotten. We need new tools to describe contemporaneity. Hamlet, played by Ukrainian actor Roman Lutsky investigates the possibility of a New Man from the ashes of rejected ideas and authorities. Hamlet leads, here and now, a dialogue both intergenerational and cross-cultural.

„Hamlet” is not a show. „Hamlet” is an action.

Who is the observer and who is being observed?

You can join the space of “Hamlet” anytime and leave it accordingly. “Hamlet” is open to the public for a period of few hours, and – just like in an art gallery – the audience decides how long their “Hamlet” lasts and which bits of the story they want to see and hear.

Maja Kleczewska, Łukasz Chotkowski

Hamlet from Poznań is played in Polish and Ukrainian, but contains elements of different cultures, images and language echoes. The play was transferred to the post-industrial space adapted by Zbigniew Libera as if it was only a parallel world here. A frozen, dying world. An alternative Europe of mixed languages, races and values. The audience gets headphones and can follow the plot of the play in three different scenarios, wander around actors and get lost in the maze of degraded Elsinor. […] Many key scenes are happening at the same moment, the performance is looped, the most dedicated audience members can stay for two three-hour runs. Kleczewska constructs Hamlet as if it was an installation, the ruins of classical theater and European illusions, crippled biographies of heroes. Everything in her world has died, is an afterimage of ancient sanctity.

Łukasz Drewniak, Golden Yorick Competition Qualifier

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Directed by: Maja Kleczewska
Dramaturgy: Łukasz Chotkowski
Scene script: Maja Kleczewska, Łukasz Chotkowski
Set design: Zbigniew Libera
Lights and photos: Marcin Koszałka
Costumes: Konrad Parol
Music: Cezary Duchnowski
Music direction: Adam Domurat
Choreography: Kaya Kołodziejczyk
Editing of film materials: Przemysław Chruścielewski
Content Cooperation: Paulina Skorupska,
Director assistant, Stage Manager: Magdalena Matusewicz,
Set-designer Assistant: Ewa Małas,
Costume Designer Assistant: Emil Wysocki,
Language consultations: Martyna Strychalska,
Production: Zuzanna Głowacka, Andrzej Szwaczyk

Kaya Kołodziejczyk
Teresa Kwiatkowska
Flaunnette Mafa
Daria Polunina
Alona Szostak
Yurii Chebotarov
Piotr Dąbrowski
Gamou Fall
Michał Kaleta
Wojciech Kalwat
Piotr Kazimierczak
Roman Lutskiy
Kamil Matusewicz
Tomasz Mycan
Mandar Purandare
Oleh Serheiev
Michał Sikorski
Paweł Siwiak
Wiesław Zanowicz

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