Silesian Theatre in Katowice


Witold Gombrowicz: Ivona, princess of Burgundy - Silesian Theatre in Katowice

Tuesday 14 December 2010, 7:00 pm

National Theatre

Budapest, IX. Bajor Gizi park 1.

 photo: Krzysztof Lisiak


„The tragic-comic history of Ivona can be summed up in a few words. Prince Philip, the heir to the throne meets this charmless and unattractive girl as he goes for a walk. Ivona is awkward, apathetic, anaemic, shy, nervous and boring. From the start the prince cannot stand her, but at the same time he cannot bear to see himself obliged to hate the wretched Ivona. He suddenly rebels against those laws of nature and gets engaged to Ivona.

Introduced to the court as the prince's fiancée, Ivona becomes a decomposing agent. The mute, frightened presence of her innumerable deficiences reveals to each courtier his own blemishes, his own vices, his own dirtiness... In a short time the court turns into incubator of monsters. And each monster, including the fiancé, longs to murder the unbearable Ivona. Finally, the court mobilises its pomp, its superiority and its splendor and, with full grandeur, kills her”.

Witold Gombrowicz: Testamentum. Conversations with Dominique de Roux

Witold Gombrowicz: Ivona, princess of Burgundy
Director: Attila Keresztes
Silesian Theatre in Katowice



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