On 7–9 November 2014 Komuna// Warszawa will host the premiere of “Pygmalion” directed by Wojtek Ziemilski, the last part of the cycle, “We, The Bourgeois”. The performance is inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion”, also adapted into one of the best-known musicals of all time (also a film), “My Fair Lady”.
A tear jerker about a working-class girl raised by a high-minded profesor to the level of a true bourgeoi? Nothing of the sort. „Pygmalion” holds a more important and interesting message. It is a story of the conditioning we all have to go through to be able to participate in culture.
Of the skills we have to acquire to deserve respect. Wojtek Ziemilski takes from Shaw’s “Pygmalion” the main trope and subverts it, building a performative event around it. It is not quite theatre, more of an attempt to bring the viewer into the situation of a meeting when we pass on not so much knowledge as emotional experience. The director explains: “It is an exercise in extreme empathy. We feel ourselves into someone else’s skin. Not the person but their way of functioning in the world, moving among others, building relationships.” Ziemilski’s “Pygmalion” is part of the series “We, The Bourgeois”. No wonder then that traces of Bildung can be detected here, as it is a concept absolutely central to the bourgeois idea of education as initiation into culture.
director: Wojtek Ziemilski
set designer, assistant director, video: Wojtek Pustoła
cast: Rozalia Mierzicka
lights: Karolina Gębska
dramaturg/curator: Tomasz Plata
consultant: Sebastian Świąder
production coordinator: Izabela Żerek
producer: Centrum Kultury w Poznaniu
coproducer: Komuna// Warszawa
special thanks to: Joanna Klass, Grzegorz Laszuk, Sean Palmer, Marysia Stokłosa, Małgorzata Wdowik, Anna Wojnarowska
After the performance on 7.11 (Friday) meeting with the authors moderated by Paweł Soszyński.
7–9.11.2014 (Friday-Sunday), 19:00
Komuna// Warszawa, ul. Lubelska 30/32 Admission: PLN 15 zł / 25
Project co-financed by the Municipality of Warsaw and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage