After Yvonne, Prinses van Bourgondië Tibaldus is tackling a second play by Witold Gombrowicz: Het Huwelijk (The Marriage, 1947). Thus making the two flow into, collide and resonate with one another.
In Yvonne, the Prince rebelled against the Court by marrying the repugnant Yvonne. The rebellion failed; the bride did not survive it. In Het Huwelijk, the Prince goes a step further in this rebellion. He wants to oust the administration, the established ‘Order’, by becoming King himself. While the Prince attempts to make his position permanent through marriage inside the palace, outside the walls of the palace a war has apparently broken out, but nobody knows for certain whether it’s really going on or not. Tibaldus intensifies the musicality of the play by combining Gombrowicz’s textual motifs with melodies from Flemish Polyphony.
And what does it matter if, individually, everyone is sober-minded, level-headed and sensible, when all of us together are a gigantic lunatic that furiously lashes out, roars, kicks and tramples and blindly storms onward?
THE PRINCE It seems that war has broken out.
WLADZIO It would seem so.
THE PRINCE But you’re not sure?
WLADZIO Oh, what can you be sure of? You know, Henry, it’s almost as if you can’t believe anybody around here… Everything is concocted in a way, fake.
from Witold Gombrowicz’s The Marriage