Charming Ladies in a Rich House

Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra, 1992
Author: Kazimir Károly
Directed by Jozef Bednárik

about the production

This Chinese erotic novel by an unknown 12th century author and dramatized by the Hungarian dramatist Károly Kazimir is rather an episode or morale in which unbridled passion and crime are punished and patient love and devotion are rewarded. Life and death, birth and dying, killing and loving become part of a huge life cycle, nature, space and timelessness. Jozef Bednárik (1947) portrays the laws of nature through the symbolism of the seasons of the year. Dry leaves symbolize desolation and death. The fall of snow purifies people and covers their sorrows.

The whole staging is highly stylized. The visual poetry, music and dance seem to weaken the passions and crimes of the characters. In fact, that is a characteristic feature of Bednárik's most recent works which can also be seen in his interpretations of musicals or operas. The high aesthetics of the staging and thereby a representation of reality goes hand in hand with its deviations from the classical drama.

Charming Ladies is Jozef Bednárik's last play far a longer period of time in the theatre which has become his “home”.

Dana Sliuková


directed by Jozef Bednárik
dramaturgy: Darina Kárová
set designer: František Perger
costumes: Ľudmila Várossová
music: Andrej Turok, Jon Vangelis, Gustav Mahler
choreography: Libor Vaculík
cast: Dušan Szabó, Eva Pavlíková, Dana Kuffelová, Zuzana Kapráliková, Jana Bittnerová, Eva Hlaváčová, Marta Sládečková, Antónia Miklíková, Jozef Dóczy, František Javorský, Ján Greššo, Jana Valocká, Henrich Platek Adela Gáborová, Žofia Martišová, Vlado Bartoň, Andrej Rimko