„Świątynia. Dybuk – legendy żydowskie” (The Temple. Dybuk – Jewish legends) directed by Renata Jasińska is a moving journey down the path of history, national martyrology and human conscience. Not easy to perceive and highly controversial, the show itself is a challenge for the audience. The one viewer must face not only during watching the performance but also afterwards because strong emotions caused by it surely will keep him company for a long time. While touching difficult, traumatic subjects such as Holocaust or Polish-Jewish relations, the show manages to present them in unconventional way, very far from shallow exaltation. It asks crucial, deeply philosophical questions while not providing simple, undoubtful answers. It shuns giving ready solutions, encouraging spectator to give himself in to afterthoughts and often revise his own views. At one moment of the show a questions comes out from the stage: “What’s the conscience’s of the world view on this?”, which is followed only by deep silence. The question, however, is addressed to all of us and, as creators of the show assure, will never lose its actuality.
In “Dybuk” a spectator will have a chance to notice lots of motives inspired by Antic tragedy and Jewish mysticism which, with a helping hand from a Hebrew language, will transfer him to the world of Jewish towns, Kabbalah and Hasidic Jews. People and places which no longer exist. The show is also a kind of historical recreation presenting a tragic tale of Jewish nation we mustn’t forget about. The performance doesn’t lack strong forms of expression and contrasts intensifying its force of influence on the audience. From one side a Nazi criminal pacing among crowd of his victims, trying to justify all the things he’s done, talking about Holocaust in peaceful, cold tone like lost lives of thousands of people don’t matter to him. From second side a full of pain scream of Jews who’s only wish is for the world to get to know about and properly react to what happened to them. A scream the whole world should be ashamed of and no existing force should be able to silence.
“Dybuk” also strikes the Polish martyrology. The creators are not afraid of uncovering shameful cards from our history such as mass wipeouts in Kielce, Jedwabne or Cracow – the examples of Polish anti-Semitism. Authors swiftly formulate questions concerning the identity aspects asking how long does a man have to live on a given land to be a rightful part of it and who or what decides who we really are.
Director - Renata Jasińska
Scenography - Elizabeth Roszczak
Music - Jacek Zamecki
Costumes - Eve Jobko
Lech-Cuban beats - Lea, Girl with Silk
Agnieszka Frankel - Girl with Silk
Alessandro Donati - The girl from the camp
Michael newcomer - Dr. Mengele
Agata Obłąkowska-Woubishet - Sara
Alexandre Marquezy - Hanan
Sylvester Rozycki - Reb Azriel
Maciej Sibilski - Michael
Thomas Żytka - The Prisoner
Alice Idasiak - Prisoner
Teresa Trudzik - Rachel
Dariusz Bajorczyk - Yitzhak
John Cat - The Prisoner
Andrew Kusiak - The Prisoner