The Ten Com­mand­ments

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s noted TV drama is adapted to the stage

METROPOLE - Vienna in English - - CULTURE STAGE -

Ex­plor­ing moral­ity in a world where god is dead and ide­olo­gies are non-ex­is­tent or minimal, the Deka­log se­ries by Pol­ish film­maker Krzysztof Kieślowski (The Dou­ble Life of Veronique, Three Col­ors Tril­ogy) re­tains rel­e­vance long af­ter its re­lease in the late 1980s, a stark com­men­tary on mankind’s in­abil­ity to fol­low its own stan­dards. Adapted for the stage by Roland Koberg and di­rec­tor Stephan Kim­mig as The Ten Com­mand­ments, each rule is bro­ken with far-reach­ing con­se­quences – even those less ap­par­ent like keep­ing the Sab­bath holy. Set in a War­saw hous­ing project, the orig­i­nal ten-part, ten-hour tele­vi­sion se­ries is con­densed to just three hours, with seven adult und two child ac­tors prov­ing ex­cep­tional adapt­abil­ity by tak­ing on 30 dif­fer­ent roles. Sur­titled in Pol­ish and English.

Feb 7, 9, 14 & 21, Volk­sthe­ater. 7., Arthur-schnit­zler-platz 1. volk­sthe­ater.at

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