Republiek der dromen
Adaptation of 'Spring' and seven stories from 'The Cinnamon Shops' (1933) by the Polish avant-garde writer Bruno Schulz.
Bruno Schulz (1893-1942) was born in the Austrian region of Galicia, but in 1918, Drohobycz, the village where he was born, was annexed to Poland and he became Polish.
Schulz was already fascinated by drawing at an early age and throughout his life taught it in the village where he lived with his family and where his father, Jacob Schulz, had a draper’s shop. It was only by chance that he came into contact with literature. He wrote letters to a friend describing his lonely existence, the life of his family and fellow citizens, and events in the village. These letters soon expanded into longer stories and in 1934 the first collection of them was published under the title 'The Cinnamon Shops'. This was followed three years later by 'Sanatorium Clepsydra', and this signalled the completion of Schultz’ oeuvre. The piece entitled 'Republic of Dreams' is an adaptation of seven stories from this oeuvre.
Premiere French version: January 2005, SN Le Volcan, Le Havre (FR)
Premiere Dutch version: January 2006, deSingel (on location: Red Star Line hangars), Antwerp (B)
On location. Covered, with possibility to darken.
Adaptation: Waas Gramser, Kris Van Trier, Herwig Ilegems, Thijsje Strypens
French translation: Monique Nagielkopf
Actors: Marie Bos, Frank Dierens, Waas Gramser, Herwig Ilegems, Kyoko Scholiers, Thijsje Strypens, Kris Van Trier
Costumes (design and realisation): Thijsje Strypens
Sets / technical: Koen Schetske, Stevie Van Haver, Bram Verhagen
Production: De onderneming