Witold Gombrowicz

Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy

Teatr Slaski, Katowice, Poland

Main stage

Agnieszka Radzikowska
Prince Philip
Michał Rolnicki
King Ignatius
Grzegorz Przybył
Queen Margaret
Anna Kadulska
Jerzy Głybin
Maciej Wizner
Marcin Szaforz
Roman Michalski
Marek Rachoń
1-st and 2-nd aunt
Ewa Leśniak, Krystyna Wiśniewska
Zbigniew Wróbel
Barbara Lubos
Dames of the court:
Dorota Chaniecka, Małgorzata Daniłow, Wioletta Smiolińska, Joanna Wawrzyńska, Jadwiga Wianecka
set and costume design
Bianca Imelda Jeremias
directed by
Attila Keresztes

Date of the opening: december 12, 2010

The idea of this production has been born at the theatre workshop led by Tadeusz Bradecki in Cluj (Romania) in November 2008 within the frame of that year annual Festival of the Union of the Theatres of Europe. Attila Keresztes, the director of “Ivona”, has been one of over twenty participants of that workshop. The Wyspianski Theatre of Silezia's production of “Ivona” has received an official patronage of UTE at the Palermo 2009 annual General Assembly of UTE. At the International Gombrowicz Festival in Radom Agnieszka Radzikowska and Jerzy Głybin received acting awards.
The latest premiere of the Slaski Theatre can definitely be listed as one of the theatre’s best performances over the past years. The bold setting and costumes, the great acting, and wonderful movement builds up the parts of this performance in ideal proportions.

(Inga Niedzielska, Teatralia Śląski)

Keresztes starts his Yvonne reverse, with the finale. The yard, starting with the first scene is dressed in black, and the joyful expression “wonderful sunset” with which the performance begins with, is pronounced with fear (it is impossible not to observe the bloody light on the horizon). In the world of Keresztes there is no hope. The director, just like Truman Capote, reconstructs the sinful deed in cold blood. He shows that the decision of murder was born a long time before Yvonne appeared in the yard. He isn’t asking if man can be evil, he rather follows the way this evil wakes up in him.

(Aleksandra Czapla, Gazeta Wyborcza)