Henryk Izydor Rogacki:


Puppets play Shakespeare

The essence of puppetry is that, as the play unfolds, an object gains the shape of a subject and therefore something becomes someone. Thus in puppetry, the reality of illusion contrasted by illusions of reality become the main mean of existence for the imaginary world. This theatre practice, even in its fundamental essence, leads to multiplication of imagined realities, their rules and levels, to materialization of unknown, to multiplication of staged existences, to demonstration of a subjective lens, to utilizing narrative parentheses, and to construction of metatheatrical expressions. Shakespeare's work is an ideal material for puppet theatre, considering the creative way he could name both the airy nothing and the mundane, earthly things, while making the use of realism, legends, fantasy entertainment and demonism of extraterrestrial spheres. In Shakespeare's work creations of fantasy have a more meaningful life then the creations of nature; fiction wins over reality and the nature and art may seem as an illusion. The lecture describes and interprets 11 productions that drew on 4 different Shakespearean dramas (Macbeth, Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream, and Richard III). Moreover, it analyses means and results of these re-interpretations, their deconstruction and authothematism.


Henryk Izydor Rogacki. Theatre historian, critic, educator. Alumnus of the Łódz University and The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. PhDr of Humanities. Seasoned custodian of the National museum in the Grand Theatre, Warsaw. Has collaborated with the Theatre Academy in Warsaw since 1974. In the years 2008 – 2012 acted as the Vice-Chancellor of the Theatre Academy, currently works as an Associate Professor. The author of Life of Prybyszevsky, Mist and mirror, Scenes of the stage life and numerous articles and essays published in various journals or almanacs.