14.11.04 | 18:00 | Pumpe
ECCE HOMO - Poland
With: Janusz Stolarski
Director: Janusz Stolarski
Cooperation: Bogumil Gauden
Translation into Polish: Leopold Staff
Duration: approx. 45 min.
When he presented Jesus to the Jews demanding his crucifixion,
Pontius Pilate cried Ecce homo (Behold the man). These words
came to signify a type of devotional image that depicts Jesus
after the scourging, crowned with a wreath of thorns, and with
his face typically gaunt and drawn as he goes to his death.
In late 1888, only weeks before his final collapse into madness,
Friedrich Nietzsche set out to compose his autobiography, and
Ecce homo remains one of the most intriguing yet bizarre examples
of the genre ever written. In this extraordinary work, Nietzsche
traces his life, work and development as a philosopher, examines
the heroes he has identified with, struggled against and then
overcome – Schopenhauer, Wagner, Socrates, Christ –
and predicts the cataclysmic impact of his “forthcoming
revelation of all values”. Both self-celebrating and self-mocking,
penetrating and strange, Ecce homo gives the final, definitive
expression to Nietzsche’s main beliefs and is in every
way his last testament.
Polish actor/director Janusz Stolarski has transformed Nietzsche’s
text into a radical monologue, in which the contemporary audience
can recognize themselves: the decline of values and the endless
battle of emotion and reason have always been and still are
important issues. The intensity of the play, its humor and intelligent
irony made Stolarski’s Nietzsche adaptation the winner
of several international theatre awards.