Komuna//Warszawa has the pleasure to invite you on 4–5 October 2014 (Saturday-Sunday) at 19:00 for the second installment of the „We, Bourgeoisie”. The performance „Tocqueville. Everyday Life After a Great Revolution” is inspired by the life and work of nineteenth-century French politician and philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville.
Alexisa de Tocqueville’s life makes for a potentially fascinating story: aristocratic background, a journey to America, a mesalliance, parliamentary and government career, participation in the 1848 revolution, fame of one of his era’s foremost minds… And yet something went wrong. Perhaps his biogrpahers have been talentless or he – overly ambitious, smug, sickly and antisocial – left no pleasant impressions, but his life turns out to have been boring and predictable.
Or perhaps, it has happened as he foresaw with such insight in his „Democracy in America”: after the revolution, in a socjety of equal citizens, there will no longer be Great People or Great Ideas, merely ordinary people going about the daily business of their home life, commerce, work – the day-to-day of the middle class (bourgeoisie). Tocqueville felt aversion to these new Times, but his sharp mind allowed him to read the lines along which the world’s development would unfold. And his discoveries held fascination for him.
Komuna// Warszawa, in tracking failed revolutions, examines the contemporary society of small joys and mundane problems and asks whether it can only dream of material well-being or whether its inertia is the force that keeps the world together and sometimes sends it on a way towards new destinations.
Author and director: Grzegorz Laszuk, Komuna// Warszawa
Obsada: Romuald Krężel, Anna Wojnarowska, Komuna// Warszawa
Music: Bartłomiej Rączkowski
Light director: Karolina Gębska
Costumes: Ewelina Ciuchta
Production coordinator: Izabela Żerek
Curator: Tomasz Plata
Production: CK Zamek w Poznaniu
Coproduction: Komuna// Warszawa
4–5.10.2014 (Saturday-Sunday), 19:00
Komuna // Warszawa, ul. Lubelska 30/32
Tickets: PLN 15 / 25
Project co-financed by the Municipality of Warsaw and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.