14.06.2014 Saturday at 7.PM. -Scena Na Woli, KASPRZAKA 22 str. Warsaw.
On that snowy morning Rene decided that before going to the office he would visit Jacques the tailor, even if it meant taking a small detour. He could no longer carry on repairing his totally worn out coat.
That visit would change the course of his life. However, not because of the looks that Pierrette, the tailor's young daughter would give him. The cause of his suffering was a lot more simple... At least according to everyone around him.
Marcel Marceau’s The Overcoat which premiered in 1951 went down in history as one of the most important group mime performances. Since then the play was staged numerous times in an almost unchanged form. It was hard not to get the impression that the show had largely become a museum exhibit.
In 2014, together with the director Lionel Menard, we decided to make that journey again. Inspired by the works of Nikolai Gogol, we wanted to pose the same questions and, more importantly, to take the risk of adapting the play for our era.
We would like to discover this mime drama once again through a new analysis of its aesthetics, rebuilding the plot, altering the musical composition and costumes. Following up on the debate on the universality of the art of mime we aim to show that the main principles of Marcel Marceau’s stage craft and the issues raised in the play have stood the test of time.
Directed by: Lionel Menard
Assistant to the director: Maja Pieczerak
Stage design and costumes: Agnieszka Magiera
Masks and puppets: Katarzyna Wróbel
Cast: Ewelina Grzechnik, Marta Grądzka, Paulina Szczęsna,
Paweł Kulesza, Ireneusz Wojaczek, Bartłomiej Ostapczuk
The Warsaw Mime Center Company is a theatre company comprising actors who enjoy a long-standing relationship with the Warsaw Mime Centre.
The Theatre’s performances are produced by renowned international mime artists.
Through a combination of the actors’ skills and the imagination and expertise of guest artists we strive to present the wealth the art of mime has to offer to an average spectator.
This will provide an amazing artistic discovery for the audience despite years of tradition of the “art outside words”.
The previous offering of the Theatre of the Warsaw Mime Centre was Agua de lagrimas directed by Lionel Ménard. The show premiered during the 2013 International
Mime Art Festival at the Na Woli Stage of the Dramatic Theatre of the Capital City of Warsaw. The play was very well received by the audiences and the critics. The story of the scent of passion and
love can now be found in the repertoire of the Dramatic Theatre.
It is also shown at theatre festivals at home and abroad. Gogol is also a story about people and their desires.
However, this time it is told in a completely different way.
Lionel Menard - director
Attended the Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris under Marcel Marceau.
Performed with the Compagnie de Marcel Marceau and CIE Philppe Genty.
Marcel Marceau’s collaborator for many years.
Since the beginning of his studies he has been involved in scriptwriting and directing.
Works with Bodecker & Neander Compagnie on a permanent basis, co-creating all their shows (Silence, Out of the blue, Satie, Deja Vu, Opus 4, Follow Light).
Agua de lagrimas (2013) was the first time he worked with the Warsaw Mime Centre and dealt with Polish mime art; it was also the first play he produced in this country.