GODY (MATING) according to The Brothers Karamazov

The depths of the characters created by Dostoyevsky and the depths of their dialogues have always stirred the imagination of people involved in theatre. The encounters which take place in The Brothers Karamazov over several months and several hundred pages, in Gody (Mating) are condensed to one evening, one night, one wedding, where despair marries despair, degeneration marries degeneration, and together they go in a procession leading to madness.
Alyosha, a pure, almost saintly boy, is the witness of the crazy shows and human collisions. Everyone comes down as to confession to Alyosha – as formerly to his master, Zosimos, forming around him the space of a twisted Russian Bildungsroman. Here, Bakhtinian polyphony overflows into a carnivalesque celebration of fools. He who has been humiliated will be exalted, and he who exalts himself will be humiliated.

translation: Alexander Wat
adaptation and direction: Radosław Stępień
set and costume design: Eliza Galka
music: Jan Lech and Mateusz Woźniak
sound and visual effects: Mateusz Woźniak
Production: “Gardzienice” Centre for Theatre Practices, as part of the project Gardzienice – Generator of Hope