“The premiere of Sorcery, the secondo GARDZIENICE production based on Part Two of Adam Mickiewicz’s Dziady [Forefathers’ Eve] took place in May 1981 in the San Pietro Alle Stinche hermitage near Florence. Work on the production lasted for about a year.
In Staniewski’s view, there is a “contrasting rhythm” in Forefathers’ Eve – the most internally dramatised work of the poet – fusing the elements of high and low culture. Mickiewicz, referring to folk wisdom, wanted to create a Slavic dramatic masterpiece, corresponding in its greatness to the models of Greek tragedy.
Staniewski did not put on the whole of Forefathers’ Eve. He did not propose any new interpretation. On the other hand he repeated Adam Mickiewicz’s creative procedure, treating his work as a cultural fact of uncommon importance, which was worth seeing in a situation that was at the same time traditional and theatrical – in a context that was closer to its beginnings. Sorcery arose from fragments of the poet’s texts and from the songs collected during the Expeditions and from the gestures and behaviour of village people. They same from the same earth, had the same rhythm, were based on the same substratum. The present day songs sung on the border of Poland and Byelarus transferred wisdom similar to thoseon the basis of which the romantic poet had tried to create his “Slavic drama” (www.gardzienice.org)