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The Fragrance of Time - The KTO Theatre





Each perception of things that is not strange is false
Paul Valéry Telquel (Choses tues)

The Fragrance of Time is a poetic theatrical impression bearing reference to the world of childhood and inspired by the works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Hugo Claus and Emil Zegadlowicz, as well as the personal experience of the author and director of the production. Many colourful, at times dreadful and at times amusing characters and situations typical of a Polish small town from the 1920s and 1930s are presented here. However, all in all it is a universal tale about childhood, adolescence, fear and cruelty, as well as love.
The show contains no text but there is Peter Tchaikovsky’s music, some of it played live by the actors on harmonicas.
In the set there are also large mobile objects and the show makes use of fire, pyrotechnics and stilts.

The show has been presented in many cities in Poland as well as in Brasil, France, Germany, Holland, Iran, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Tunisia and Ukraine.

The author of the script wishes to express his gratitude to Mr Zbigniew Sulkowski as without his well-disposed help, inspiring suggestions and written memoirs the creation of this production would not have been possible.



(...) The actors presented a sensuous and amusing show accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s fascinating music (...)
"Lippe Aktuell"

(...) It is a nostalgic show with marvelous music by Tchaikovsky, well constructed, full of dynamizm and movement (...)
By Teresa Betkowska, "Przekroj"

(...) The performance lasts one hour and is like one’s paging through an old family album. A shade of sepia, some crumbs of melancholy, a gram of nostalgia. And also a teardrop of sentimentalism, quite inevitable in such circumstances (...). There is a huge cage, and inside it tere is Jerzy Zon as a small boy. The word still smells of safety but it is already quite tempting. While flocks of feathered fears already scare him, another company of birds entices him with their twitter. Little Zon will go for it. He will leave the cage and slowly begin the tasting of life. (...) Because there are more and more fragrances around him. The fragrance of the parish house, the priest’s cassock, the smell of chalk, a blackboard, a cathedral and the first mischief at school. The smell of cavalry, horses and a true manhood. Then the fragrance of the basic passions of heart. Finally the fragrance of today (...) Who knows? Maybe the big Zon decided to take a look at the small Zon who had not yet dreamed about the theatre? After all, the time of childhood is a fundamental period for an artist (...)
By Pawel Glowacki, "Dziennik Polski"

(...) And everything played its role in this show: all the elements of the Main Square of Krakow detached all of a sudden from their pragmatic and obvious everyday functions: the Cloth Hall and the Town Hall, the trees, the street lamps, the paved space and the streets going away in different directions, the sky and the moon over the square. There was a moment when even the pigeons played their role (...). In a way we, the audience of the KTO, were also involved in the show. Initially the accidental passers-by, then the others, grasped by it and transformed into its participants within the magic circle of the Theatre that had come to us and for us to take us – for a moment into different worlds – strangely familiar, remembered from our childhood years and from our dreams (...)
By Bronislaw Maj, "Rzeczpospolita"

(...) The performance of the Polish theatre group was found very convincing during the summer festival in Siegen (...) after the show everyone understood why it functions as a flagship of the street theatre of Poland (...). The KTO gave a display of the style and tradition of medieval street theatres (...). Expressive images presented in the show "Fragrance of Time" were more meaningful than many words (...)
Rhein – Sieg - Rundschau


Premiere: June 1997

Script and direction: Jerzy Zon
Consultation: Zbigniew Sulkowski
Music: Peter Tchaikovsky
Selection of music: Jan Poprawa, Jerzy Zon
Music arrangements for harmonica pieces: Pawel Ostafil
Movement: Krzysztof Jedrysek, Aleksander Kopański
Stage set and costume design: Krzysztof Tyszkiewicz, Joanna Jaśko-Sroka
Stage set concepts: Jerzy Zon
Stage set production: Robert Calikowski

Performers: Karolina Kamińska, Monika Kozłowska, Paulina Lasyk, Justyna Orzechowska/Aleksandra Deka, Danuta Różycka, Grażyna Srebrny-Rosa, Barbara Wysoczańska, Marta Zoń, Sławomir Bendykowski, Bartek Cieniawa/Jacek Joniec, Marek Gierat/Krzysztof Tyszko, Grzegorz Grochal, Tytus Grochal, Aleksander Kopański, Michał Orzyłowski, Adam Plewiński, Karol Śmiałek


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