Crimea and Catherine the Great
You have to give it to Poland to “stick it in the eye” of Russia.
The play, Catherine the Great” will be performed in Warsaw as part of the 34th Warsaw Theater Meetings, but it is as timely to events in Eastern Europe and Russia as during Catherine the Great’s time…
It was Catherine the Great who annexed Crimea into the Russian Empire in 1780. That event began a centuries long domination of the Tatar peoples; expulsion from Crimea, return to Crimea at the fall of the Soviet Republic, and now, in 2014?
“Catherine the Great”, a play written by Jolanta Janiczak
and directed by Wiktor Rubin, will be shown as part of the 34th Warsaw Theater Meetings.
The spectacle is performed by S. Żeromskiego Theater from Kielce.
“A challenge thrown into a man’s world”, “subversive show”, “history as a porn tale” – this is how critics described Jolanta Janiczak and Wiktor Rubin’s play after its premiere. This shamelessly poetic and innocently forcible performance is by no means a historical story about a 15-year-old Prussian princess born in Szczecin, Zofia Anhalt-Zerbst, who became the Empress of Russia and amateur of all men. Instead, creators show a story concerning body, instincts, insignificant motives, lack of ideals, ambition and sadness. They use forcible language reaching the very core of gender and cultural stereotypes.
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