This is a play about passions, jealousy, passion, everyday life, how everything becomes small, how everything becomes from nothing, about the ordinary grows extraordinary – says Edward Wojciech, director of “Adventures in Chiodoni” by Karl Goldoni. Premiere on the Polish stage – May 26.
Photo by Weronika Karwowska
“Goldoni is one of the masters of dramatic literature who will perform at least once in my life. I am presenting his play for the second time, because I directed in 1994 Servant of two masters At the Polish theater in Szczecin “- stated Wojciech.
“where Servant of two masters It was a script still rooted in the comics dell’arte, on the other hand A fight in Chioggia This is the last text Goldoni wrote before leaving Venice. It is already a far cry from the comedy dell’arte, although the structure of the characters and characters has its roots somewhere ”- explained the director.
He admitted that he “wanted to make a kind of buckle out of it servants of two masters distance A fight in Chioggia“.” I always dreamed of argument put out. I made this proposal a few years ago to the management of the Polish theater, and when artistic director Janusz Majsekrich called me in the fall of 2021 with a proposal for implementation – I immediately agreed,” Wojciech said.
“In our performance, the actors perform without masks. The mask belongs to dell’arte. You can show it in masks, but it would be a pity for art” – he said. “This comedy was created in 1762, after several years of dramatic work, working at the Goldoni Theater, who wanted to reform the decadent version of the Comedy dell’arte” – he explained.
“Little teaser, I told the actors so A fight in Chioggia It’s a play about nothing. Here, really small things generate great feelings and sensations ”- he said. You could say that this is a play about emotions, about jealousy, about passion, about everyday life, about how it becomes small and big, like out of nothing. Everything arises from the ordinary grows extraordinary.”
“If we were to say what really happened there, we wouldn’t have learned much. Women gossip, envy, slander. Men, that is, fishermen, are expected because they have been at sea for several months. And when these two elements meet – there must be some kind of explosion – explained the director.
Wojtaszek admitted that the peacemaker, Coadjutor Isidoro, in his performance “has a rather specific role”. He assessed, “He is successful, but he benefits greatly from it.” He explained that Goldoni’s script says, “This office brings so many benefits and we have looked for such benefits for Isidore and the actors during rehearsals.”
“He loves women very much, loves money, loves fun, etc. Our Isidoro uses it,” said the director.
When asked about the reason for choosing Leszek Bezdel to work as court janitor, Wojczyk said: “My cooperation with him lasts 28 years.” “I’ve started working on it servant of two gentlemen Goldoni in Szczecin, but at the end of the nineties Leszek Bzdyl appeared on my show. It was a show on the edge of life Gao Xingjiana at the Municipal Theater in Gdynia “- explained.” However, he will perform for the first time in a league with a text and will make his debut on the big stage at the Polish Theater in Warsaw ”- he added.
“Where did this idea come from? In fact, when Leszyk called Zedil and asked him to develop a theatrical movement in Aventura – He said to me: Listen, but I’ll play. I replied: Well, you will play– stated. “Using his skills, his way of building characters, the way he moves – we came up with a character that’s a bit weird, weird, outside of this hunting community” – added the director.
“On the stage we have the colorful facades of low houses and apartment houses in Chioggia for fishing, which are characterized by time and poverty. Drying clothes on threads. This is the case in this city even today” – he said. He explained that Chioggia is “one of his favorite places on Earth”. “I get back there as fast as I can. Whenever I pass through Italy – I enter this city” – he said. “Chiodja – unlike Venice, which is royal, rich and very touristy – is an ordinary place. Indeed there are channels that cause lichen and fungi to enter the walls of the buildings. Houses are seen in the water” – he added, “he wanted to evoke the character of this place in the landscape.”
When asked about the colorful costumes, though they are found in sacred places, and the rough costumes, Wojciech said, “They are the people of a poor fishing town.” He explained that “the hunters and women waiting for them are not rich. Their costumes are based on authentic Italian costumes from the second half of the seventeenth century.” “However, the Coadjutor costume looks different – it’s beautiful and rich,” added Edward Wojciech.
Of the more than two hundred comedies written by Goldoni, “The Argument in Chioggi” is “the most complete work, with elaborate action, expressive characters and multi-dimensional comedy” – it was mentioned on the theater’s website, confirming that the author left the convention from the Dell’arte Theater On something of moral truth and comedy characters.
“This is a story about a tight-knit community from a small coastal town, a story in which we can see ourselves as people — see our flaws, but also our many advantages” — we read in the ad.
It has been emphasized that “A fight in Chioggia It is the performance that – despite the times – guides us with liveliness, spontaneity, sincere laughter and above all the good that is more than bad in a person. To the bright side of the street“.
Translation by Jerzy Jędrzejewicz. Directed by – Edward Wojczyk. The collection and costumes were designed by Weronika Karwowska. Music – Tomasz Bajersky. Lighting direction – Karolina Gopska. Leszek Bezdel is responsible for the movement of the theater. Jagoda Chalcińska is responsible for the performances. Recordings – Bartomiej Piasecki, Studio Art Café.
Starring: Tomasz Pasiak (Antonio), Katarzyna Scaranca (Pascua), Dorota Pazdella (Lucita), Bowie Crosses (Tita Nani), Przemyslav Wizinski (Pepe), Sisimón Quimider (Fortunato), Libra: Katarzak (Fortunato) Orsetta), guest appearances : Bernadetta Statkiewicz (Chica), Vicenzo: Adam Pedrzeczy (Vicenzo), Christian Modzilowski (Tovolo), Krzysztof Kwiatkowski (Quadjutur), as guest attended by Leszek Pzordel (Wufenas Court).
Premiere – May 26 at 19 at the Grand Theater of the Polish Theater Arnold Szifmann. Subsequent shows – May 27-29.