"Disgrace" directed by Maciej Podstawny was a theatrical event of this year's Malta Festival Poznań. Based on a novel by J.M. Coetzee, the performance was a co-production prepared with the Żeromski Theatre in Kielce. The premiere will take place on 7 September in this theatre.
A stage adaptation of one of the most renowned novels by J.M. Coetzee, the recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature and two-time winner of the Booker Prize. The plot is set in South Africa. The ‘disgrace’ of the title can be interpreted as the situation in South Africa soon after the fall of apartheid, or the status of a professor expelled from a university for sexual abuse, or an imminent human weakness.Coetzee combines historical, social, ethical and existential themes intriguingly and directly, yet with restraint. Using these themes, the creators of the performance are focusing on questions of responsibility and empathy, of ethical and imaginary boundaries and limitations.