place: Teatr in Teremiski
“The Bacchae”, directed by Tomasz Rodowicz, constitutes the third and final phase of facing Euripides’ most intriguing drama. It is also an attempt to retell this ambiguous play while using a different approach than the one employed in previous projects.
One of the contributors is the American dancer, choreographer and Musician Robert M. Hayden (long-running Ultima Vez collaborator; he also worked on choreography for CHOREA’s Oratorium Dance Project)
Chorea’s first attempt at “The Bacchae” resulted in the “Bakkus” stage play – an international production which was performed in 2006 in cooperation with Earthfall. This was a story about the conflict between law and religion, a warning against fanaticism on the one hand and the abuses of power on the other, a cautionary tale about the crisis of values and the terror of collective responsibility.
The second part – the “Śpiew Eurypidesa” (“Songs of Euripides”) stage play was a tale about collective madness and a warning against dangerous and bigotry-ridden practices. In a collective rapture, a group of women emerges form the choir and reaches for that which is the most intimate and carefully hidden in every individual, but which can also become threatening and lead to murder in a devotional ecstasy – both now and 2.5 thousand years ago. The songs activate dark emotions – energies which, in the presence of the half-god, half-man Dionysus, provoke a degraded ritual– an ambiguous celebration crowned with on a lynch on “the other one” who dares to transgress the social taboos.
“The Bacchae” is a confrontation of these two themes, relating these tensions to modern interpersonal relations. Modern society constitutes a group which is quick to define collective responsibility. With the fading presence of any understanding of a god, which is being replaced by false idols, it is easy to claim omniscience and omnipotence. It is easy to manipulate the emotions of others. Faced with the decay of values, religions and authorities, destruction and aggression towards others become the means of self-definition. In our culture, the necessity of cleansing through a sacrifice has been reduced to acts of scapegoating. Every single one of us feels a simultaneous need for order and chaos, for madness and harmony. Why are we the only species which engages in the slaughter of its own kind while longing deeply for love and the presence of a god?
Director: Tomasz Rodowicz
Choreography: Robert M. Hayden
Music: Tomasz Krzyżanowski
Cast: Joanna Chmielecka, Julia Jakubowska, Majka Justyna, Małgorzata Lipczyńska, Janusz Adam Biedrzycki, Paweł Korbus, Maciej Maciaszek, Adrian Bartczak
Choir: Joanna Filarska, Sandra Gierzek, Joanna Kłos, Aleksandra Kozioł, Milena Kranik, Justyna Sobieraj-Bednarek, Marta Sterna, Elina Toneva, Paula Tralewska, Dara Weinberg, Tomasz Krzyżanowski
Premiere: 26.03.2012, Szwalnia Theatre, Lodz
Tomasz Rodowicz received the Gloria Artis Medal and a special letter from Minister of Culture and National Heritage - Młgorzata Omilanowska, on the 10th anniversary of CHOREA Theatre.
Art_Inkubator w Fabryce Sztuki
RETROPERSPEKTYWY 2014, will summarise 10 years of the CHOREA group and, more importantly, it will remain to serve as an open perspective for the theatre. And I do not mean only our theatre here, or only Polish theatre. It is the prospect of revitalisation of culture by redefining its social aspect. It is about embedding the artistic activity in a permanent social context, throughout various levels of depth and abstraction. In various environments, communities, always with new questions and without ready answers. I mean the environments which are normally excluded from culture and function beyond the social mainstream, the communities in which the words “theatre” and “art” are hardly ever used. It is only in such places and among such people that the artist’s actions are most promising, but also most risky at the same time.
What makes this festival so special among other theatre festivals in Poland? It presents the phenomena from the field of theatre, dance and music, which are all interrelated and close to one another in the sense of their policy, methodology, personality and aesthetics, and which all refer to what constitutes the essence of CHOREA’s activity. You come to this festival and see the effects of the artistic search of people and groups which collaborate with each other in various ways, go against the flow, break stereotypes and are totally hooked on their passions. Whining or laughter over the lack of values or disintegration of identity is no longer enough for them. Instead, they ask new questions about these values and our identity in art and fight for them.
Thanks to the presence of so many various artists, the festival proves that there is no point in distinguishing between the theatre of words, theatre of dance, theatre of music... This division has already become an anachronism in arts. Everything is either a live or deadly theatre, and all kinds of theatre should make equal use of the language, music and movement. These three means of communication with the audience may be subject to various accentuation, but the theatre is fully alive when all three speak with the same strength.
Art_Inkubator w Fabryce Sztuki
Join the amazing workshops on Retorperspektywy 2014 Festival!
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na rogu ulic Piotrkowskiej i Stefana Jaracza w Łodzi (pod Magdą)
Join our happening on Monday, 11.08.2014, at 11:00 am, on the corner of Piotrkowska and Jaracza Street, and find out more about Retroperspectives 2014 Festival.