translation by Tadeusz Szczepański
set design Magdalena Maciejewska
music Hanna Kulenty
light design Jacqueline Sobiszewski
costumes Anna Nykowska-Duszyńska
cast: Maja Ostaszewska (actress of Nowy Teatr), Magdalena Kuta, Maria Maj, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Karolina Dafne Porcari, Redbad Klijnstra, Władysław Kowalski, Lech Łotocki, Adam Woronowicz, Aniela Nykowska / Lena Czaplicka / Luna Mędza
Faithless is a drama describing complicated relationship of three heroes entangled in a turbulent relationship. Truth and lies, human weaknesses, strong emotions and insatiable hunger for life – all this makes the story universal. Bergman himself admits that Faithless is a „drama of passion”, “almost a thriller”, what is more, based on autobiographical motifs. One of the heroes – “director Bergmann” is writing a screenplay about the collapse of marriage. He works with an actress who is at the same time a product of his imagination. Thanks to this narrative idea the story gains a deeper meaning – we enter the world of an older man who settles with his past. The heroin becomes a medium through which the whole drama, the whole story, is shown.
Faithless is a reflection on the gloomy side of human soul. The drama constitutes the ”anatomy of infidelity”. Its phenomenon has been shown in many dimensions: starting from the devastation in the psyche of a child “from a broken home” and ending with the legal formalities - repercussions. The situation was depicted (on intention) objectively: the woman is right to the same extent as both men. Everybody except the child is guilty, at the mercy of their emotions, instinct and situation. Inability ”to live as a couple” according to Bergman is a consequence of the inability to live in general. The existence deprived of sacrum first breeds doubt and cowardice, then condemns to loneliness from which stems the sense of estrangement and alienation.
Staged in agreement with z Josef Weinberger Limited, London
courtesy of Ingmar Bergman Foundation.
approximate duration: 3 hours (1 interval)
premiere: 31 January 2010