The work of Georg Orwell, "Animal Farm", has long been one of the classics of world literature. This seemingly innocent story, because it is embedded in the animal world, aroused reluctance from the beginning of publishers and subsequent governments. It tells how animals cruelly treated by humans rebel against them to introduce their own rule. The former Manor Farm turns into Animal Farm.
However, those who believe that the goal has been achieved are wrong, and the animals that have been oppressed so far regained their freedom and began to live according to their own, just and democratically established rules. At first it really is so. However, it soon becomes apparent that the announced idyll turns out to be an dystopia, and the liberators become oppressors.
The artists of the Arka theater tell this story in a very interesting way. First of all - they come in masks. It has a double meaning: aesthetic and symbolic. You never know who's behind the hood: human or pig? Secondly, the director of the show, Alexandre Marquezy, used the "fourth wall" to make the audience feel like a member of the farm community. Let us add - numerous, because during the performance all animals are on the stage. Sorry, on the farm.
An additional flavor is a clever set design, consisting in the fact that a door is placed within the conventional stage space. It is the door leading to the house of Mr. Jones, which - after the expulsion of the rightful owners - humans - became overrun by animals. It is therefore of great importance whether the heroes are on one side or the other of the door, because this is how they define their belonging to one of two communities: former revolutionaries, and now oppressors or - their victims, still believing in the previously announced ideals . Or, going further, they belong to the "world of nature" or the "world of culture." Although it is not known if it is not all the same ...
One of the publishers, who refused Orwell to publish "Folwark", justified his decision as follows: "The matter could be significantly alleviated if the caste ruling in" Folwark "did not consist solely of pigs." Sounds familiar? If so, we invite you to the audience!
Directed by Alexandre Marquezy
Screenplay: Zofia Warzyńska-Janowicz
Choreography: Ewelina Niewiadowska, Agata Obłąkowska
Music: Piotr Matuszewski, Costumes: Karolina Koniecka
Masks: Maciej Luciński
Napoleon - Maciej Mazurkiewicz
Sqealler - Ewelina Niewiadowska
Snowball, Mr. Whimper - Jasiek Gądziela
Muriel - Alicja Idasiak, Sheep- Andrzej Kusiak, Benjamina - Marek Trociński, Boxer, Taurus - Radosław Wojtas Mr. Johns, Dog - Adrian Jankowski
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