J. Osterwa Theatre, LublinThe Judges
The Judges by Wyspiański, like Anathema and The Wedding originated from a small note in a newspaper, a sensational rumour, and acquired a status of ancient tragedy, featuring man who struggles with his Fate. It is this tension between a sensational rumour, chitchat, modern ‘news’ and true human drama in the background which constitutes an axis of this performance. “The Judges are suspended within the space bordering upon death and immortality” – says the director – “while it is about the death of the living”. The essence of The Judges is a relation of the world of the living to the world of after-life. Wyspianski sensed the relations between the protagonists of the book of judges and the generation of fathers in the future. He constructed a sense of the dramatic persistence in culture happening on the borderland of Christianity and paganism.” The voice of Joas is an accusation and revolt, protest against the stagnant world of fathers, inner dependence. The sound of his violin, as desired by Samuel, is to last in transcendence as an evidence of this rebellion.