Anna Angelika Łapińska

author biographical note degree piece

The play Ivona, Princess of Burgundia has addressed the issues of impossibility of entering an established order of social structure, opposition against convention and mindless adherence to roles prescribed by the society. In my interpretation, its author posed a question about the real “me” of the individual. He presented a situation of a forceful interference into the independence of man by his immediate environment. In the play the main character tries to break free from acceptable forms of existence, constantly imposed on her by her environment. The fate of Ivona depicts the moment when the man realises flexibility of his nature, the fact of being shaped mostly by others. Ivona tries to escape from attempts to subjecting her body to direction, which in this production has been conceptualised as a form to be dressed by others. Ivona has been a catalyst of features repressed by other characters – she has revealed their true nature, so far hidden behind a mask. She has brought to light their concealed animal nature and aggression, memories of their guilt, longings and dreams.

(born 1990)
First- and second-cycle studies at the Faculty of Stage and Set Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2010–2016). Rector’s scholarship for the best students of the Academy in the years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14. Works in stage, set and costume design. She gained professional experience as costume and set designer collaborating with theatres in Białystok, Rzeszów, Tarnów and Warsaw and co-creating films with students of the Film School in Łódź.