Marta Górnicka

Marta Górnicka & Chór Kobiet, Warsaw

Marta Górnicka: Magnificat

Marta Górnicka: Magnificat

© Krzysiek Krzysztofiak

  • Length 45 min
  • In Polish with German surtitles

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Polish director Marta Górnicka conducts a chorus of women who have set forth to declare war on traditional perceptions of women. The Virgin Mary, icon of love, strength, devotion but also of knowledge, emblem of the view of femininity propagated by Catholicism, is the subject of “Magnificat”. Texts by Elfriede Jelinek, Adam Mickiewicz and Euripides come up against cooking recipes and the women’s collective movements on stage. A choreography of rebellion emerges, a fresh and still vital breaking open of stereotypes and clichés that women’s biographies are still beset with – not only in Poland, where this production comes from. Newspaper quotes, rhythmic language and sacred music make up the soundtrack of this by no means tragic choir. Maybe it is the mere power of finding a distinctive voice, of talking in unison and making oneself heard: This radical aesthetic choice produces a performance of both poetic and political power. This is the second time that Marta Górnicka has worked with a chorus of women – and for the second time she has not failed to make an impact!

With Ewa Chomicka, Paulina Drzastwa, Violetta Glińśka, Alicja Herod, Anna Jagłowska, Natalia Jarosiewicz, Katarzyna Jaźnicka, Barbara Jurczyńska, Ewa Konstanciak, Agnieszka Makowska, Kamila Michalska, Katarzyna Migdalska, Jolanta Nałęcz-Jawecka, Magdalena Nowakowska, Natalia Obrębska, Magda Roma Przybylska, Anna Rączkowska, Anna Rusiecka, Paulina Sacharczuk, Kaja Stępkowska, Karolina Szulejewska, Agata Wencel, Karolina Więch, Anna Wodzyńska, Anna Wojnarowska

Conceived by, libretto, direction Marta Górnicka
Score IEN
Choreography Anna Godowska
Dramaturgy Agata Adamiecka
Advice choir coaching Marta Sulewska
Stage Anna Maria Karczmarska
Stage-management Marek Susdorf

Production: Instytut Teatralny im. Zbigniewa Raszewskiego

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

With support of: Polish Institute