It was one of the most awaited theatre premiers in China in 2016. After the success of Woodcutters in 2015, this time Culture.pl together with the Polish Institute in Beijing brought to Tianjin and Harbin a new play directed by Krystian Lupa – Heroes' Square – a tragedy about a human being in the society of the 20th century.
The latest play by Krystian Lupa, presented by the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, is another production inspired by Thomas Bernhard's play and can be seen as continuation of Lupa's Woodcuters, which drew big attention in China last year. In Heroes' Square a family of Jewish origin returns to their native country, after having fled the Nazi occupation and spending years in England. However, their homeland is different than the family expected. Both Woodcutters and Heroes' Square picture the same issues, such as the links between politics, art and artists, as well as a sense of disillusion, lack of faith in ideals.
In an interview by Audronis Liuga, Krystian Lupa explains:
We could say that this family is a victim: a victim of our epoch's political and social consciousness, a victim of the 20th century's complacency, which has made human beings believe that they can create a new historical reality as well as change the fate of the world. This kind of society has lost its moral values, which may have been simply a disguise, yet without them human relations become somewhat savage, hatred and intolerance dominate. In this play by Bernhard, we see the moral and human consequences of war. Death has touched not only those who were taken to concentration camps and killed there. Death becomes evident in the natural cycle of human development. Seeds of creativity have been destroyed.
After the premiere of the Heroes' Square in Lithuania, Krystian Lupa was nominated for a Golden Cross for the play presented at the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre. After the big success of of Lupa's Persona. Marilyn and Woodcutters in China, the Heroes' Square was very much awaited by Chinese audience and received an enthusiastic welcome. This production was one of the highlights of the Polish theatre season presented by the Tianjin Grand Theatre and organized by Culture.pl and the Polish Institute – Culture Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing.
Written by EP, 23 Mar 2016