BLOOD ON THE CAT’S THROAT OR MARILYN MONROE VERSUS VAMPIRES / KREW NA KOCIM GARDLE, CZYLI MARILYN MONROE KONTRA WAMPIRY / 2016

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

BLOOD ON THE CAT’S NECK. Marilyn Monroe versus vampires

Translation: Iwona Nowacka

Directed by: Anja Suša
Dramaturgy: Agnieszka Jakimiak
Set Design: Zorana Petrov, assistant scenographer: Anna Adamiak
Costume Design: Maja Mirković
Choreographer: Damjan Kecojević.
Music: Krzysztof Kaliski
Video: Mikołaj Walenczykowski
Light Design: Robert Łosicki
Stage manager: Mateusz Stebliński
Photo: Monika Stolarska

Cast: Beata Bandurska, Maciej Pesta, Martyna Peszko, Anita Sokołowska, Małgorzata Trofimiuk, Jakub Ulewicz, Konrad Wosik, Małgorzata Witkowska oraz Jagoda Długosz, Grażyna Grzelak, Maria Jazel, Halina Kanarkowska, Sławomir Majczyk, Emilia Malczyk, Teresa Perlik, Monika Skorobohata

Production: Teatr Polsky Bydgoszcz, Bydgoszcz, Poland, March 2016

Awards: The prize for the best show and collective play at the 3rd Festival of New Theatre during the 55th Rzeszow Theatre Meetings in 2016.

Eight characters onstage, presenting Society, are visited by the extra-terrestrial being, coming to learn about democracy. The expected normality of the people versus the strangeness of the alien, is challenged by the outcome of people’s interpersonal relations. The world of violence they create, produce a gap between what we call humans and their inhuman behaviour. What our perception takes for granted? How is idea of the human to be made and analysed onstage? How the difference between natural and social functions in the language of theatre?

If we agree that every identity inside society is not naturally but socially constructed, so is what we perceive as natural and further on human.

The actors start being dressed in theatrically made “human skin” envisioning the idea of natural through neutral. A bunch in tan-coloured suits, entangled as if some pre-creational mass, slowly ejects one by one from this united body. By putting on differently shaped and coloured costumes they become more clearly recognisable; singularized and thus seen as individual, they are produced into members of a society. By swapping most recognizable items, ascribed to particular characters, they change the roles. The clothing object contains the idea of a subject. Being strongly established as the character itself, the hat of the Girl being mistreated is experienced as abuse of the girl itself.

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