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Concepts and choreography for Death Of A Scarecrow:
by Adam Darius and Kazimir Kolesnik.
The entire 68-minute programme is without interval.
Sound: Death Of A Scarecrow is accompanied by a stunning collage
of folk, rock and classical music augmented by fragmented voices and sound
Carrying the timeless symbols of ancient Greek theatre, tragedy and
comedy masks, Adam Darius and Kazimir Kolesnik move eerily through space,
a prologue to the laughter and tears which follow.
IN AN IRISH CAFÉ
To a delightful musical accompaniment of popular Irish folk melodies
and French music hall songs, Kazimir Kolesnik pays tribute to the British
Edwardian music hall. A lonely older man drinks at the local café,
kept company by only his mischievous dog and imaginary sweetheart.
In this comic cameo, Kazimir Kolesnik portrays a man manoeuvring his
yacht in increasingly rough waters. As the storm worsens, his boat hits
the rocks and sinks. Like a true sea captain, he chooses to go down with
his ship. Swimming in the watery depths, a surprise, which will save his
life, awaits him.
PIERROT IN EXILE
Adam Darius, in a musical mosaic comprising Puccini, Bizet and the
voice of Shirley Temple, movingly depicts the tragicomic existence of the
wistful and windblown Pierrot, a role that has consolidated his legendary
reputation as mime artist.
Kazimir Kolesnik, in one of his most searingly powerful roles, portrays
a prisoner of conscience who is brutalized during an interrogation. To
the sound of shattering glass and interrogating voices, the prisoner, resistant
and resilient, ultimately survives.
To the accompaniment of a dramatic soprano, and using only the unparalleled
plasticity of his hands and arms, Adam Darius depicts the emotional journey
of two lovers, transporting the audience into a sublime and mystic realm.
AT THE DENTIST
In this most hilarious of the comedy items, Kazimir Kolesnik, as a
patient, has his worst fears brought nightmarishly to life when he has
his teeth checked at the dentist's. Unfortunately for the poor man, he
has visited a dentist from hell, a character portrayed by Adam Darius.
IN THE SHOWER
To the accompaniment of funky rock music and an alarm clock that cannot
be shut off, Kazimir Kolesnik is a man reluctantly getting out of bed.
Preparing himself for the day, still groggy, he jumps in the shower only
to realize afterwards that he has showered himself in his pajamas.
IN THE BATHTUB
Adam Darius, as a man trying to take a bath, is repeatedly interrupted
by a ringing telephone. Exasperated at his inability to finish bathing,
he solves the problem by taking the most drastic of actions.
DEATH OF A SCARECROW
As a diabolical force of evil, Kazimir Kolesnik selects his hapless
victim, a scarecrow enacted by Adam Darius. Depicting with harrowing truth
the death throes of any living creature, Adam Darius becomes the eternal
symbol of suffering humankind.
"Darius and Kolesnik bring in new approaches to the art of physical
theatre...Darius invited the Jordanian audiences into the world of a silent
clown mourning the death of virtue in an insane world...he portrayed the
absurdity of modern life and how war and self-doubt have lead to the dehumanization
Kolesnik's physical virtuosity and meticulous mime movements enticed the
audience with his humorous blow-ups and cynical innuendoes...capturing
the paradoxical life of modern man and his struggle for freedom"
The Star, Amman, Jordan
"Triumphant... the technical and
emotional virtuosity of Adam Darius and Kazimir Kolesnik received the warmest
response... the public afforded them a tumultuous reception"
New Aspect Arts News, Taipei, Taiwan
"A tragicomic commentary on human fate... the presentation of Adam
Darius and Kazimir Kolesnik recalls the origins of theatre, reflecting
thousands of years of subsequent tragedy and comedy"
L´Eco di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy