Puppet: The book of Splendour (Kukła. Księga Blasku) is a show inspired by the works of Tadeusz Kantor and kabbalist texts. From the universe of Kantor’s art there emerges the phenomenon of death, and more precisely the sphere of death, as the artist himself calls it – and its unexpected surroundings, childhood. The latter is understood not only as a historical time, an element of the past, but first and foremost as a human condition, an affirmative and naive relationship to the world, identification with the imagined at the same level as the real, free and unlimited creation, as well as incidents of escape from under the control of its creators; joy and fear, euphoria and desperation – all fleeting and unrestrained. The vibrating world of puppets, galemów and mannequins will be constructed behind the world seen by the eyes of the cabbalists.
The Book of Splendour (Sefer ha-Zahar) referred to in the title and present in the script is one of the most important texts of Jewish mysticism, which in the European mentality is perceived mainly through the prism of the kabbalah. This exceptionally beautiful text is a lesson in reading the world, contained in a parable. From the perspective of the mystic, the world is the space in which God communicates with humanity. The people and objects that surround us, the events we encounter, both the global and the most private and intimate – all of these are the space of the divine-human conversation.