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The Trial


The Trial by Franz Kafka
Translated by Jakub Ekier
Direction, adaptation, set design, lighting design Krystian Lupa

“Someone must have been spreading lies about Josef K, for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one morning”. This is the first sentence of the most mysterious and provocative story in world literature. The further we go into the relentless sentences, the darker it gets… We never get to know why the protagonist was arrested and what he is accused of… We never get to know if he is really innocent, either… He also doesn't know… He knows less and less, but he makes a desperate effort, in an uneven fight with the Unknown. But how to understand or accept the strategy of this struggle, when the confrontation of both sides undermines our sense of logic and reality?
The unfortunate reality of what happens does not allow us to stand outside, and brings to mind unsettlingly personal analogies… It is me, it is us – WE ARE ARRESTED…
We are on a journey, an onerous flight into a dark ABSURDITY, an absurd dialogue with the man on the other side; one that is strangely close to the absurdities and dialogues in our current Polish reality…
Krystian Lupa


costumes Piotr Skiba
music Bogumił Misala
video Bartosz Nalazek, Natan Berkowicz
cast Bożena Baranowska, Maciej Charyton, Małgorzata Gorol, Anna Ilczuk, Mikołaj Jodliński, Andrzej Kłak, Dariusz Maj, Michał Opaliński, Marcin Pempuś, Halina Rasiakówna, Piotr Skiba, Ewa Skibińska, Adam Szczyszczaj, Andrzej Szeremeta, Wojciech Ziemiański, Marta Zięba, Ewelina Żak

Main producer: Nowy Teatr

Producers: Studio teatrgaleria; Teatr Powszechny; TR Warszawa; Le Quai Centre Dramatique National Angers Pays de la Loire

Coproducers:  Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelles; Printemps des Comédiens, Montpellier; Odéon Théâtre de l'Europe, Paris; Festival d’Automne à Paris; La Filature, Scène nationale – Mulhouse; Théâtre du Nord, Lille; La rose des vents - Scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve-d'Ascq; HELLERAU - Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden; Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens

partner Teatr Polski w Podziemiu
co-finansed by Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa

regular 100 PLN
reduces prices 70 PLN
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English subtitles

Vincenzo Bellini „Norma” – „Casta diva”: Maria Callas, Milan La Scala Orchestra, Tullio Serafin (conductor)
Arvo Part „Fratres (for Eight Cellos)”: Hungarian State Opera Orchstra, Tamás Benedek (conductor)
Courtesy of NAXOS Deutschland –