In Operette (Operetta), Witold Gombrowicz presents the history of the twentieth century as a series of costume changes. He contrasts this with a person who wants to withdraw from this process in order to be ‘naked’.
Baron Firulet and Count Agenor, both frivolous souls, vie for the heart of Albertinette. They shower her with the most sophisticated possible clothing. But Albertinette, obliged to wear these wondrous, hideous clothes, secretly dreams of nudity. Meanwhile, revolutionaries infiltrate the court: they want to overthrow the prevailing fashion, ‘The Shape’, at the forthcoming royal ball. Distrust your clothes! Question your costume!
After Yvonne, Prinses van Bourgondië (Yvona, Princess of Burgundy) and Het Huwelijk (The Marriage), tibaldus is now staging Operette, their third Gombrowicz. A show that light-heartedly philosophizes about the cogwheels of history, with the passion and divine silliness of an operetta.