Art Carnuntum Verein für Kunst Geschichte Theater Kultur
Place: Amphitheatre of Petronell-Carnuntum, Art Carnuntum Verein für Kunst Geschichte Theater Kultur, A-2404 Petronell-Carnuntum, Austria
“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
Fabryka Sztuki, ul. Tymienieckiego 3
The project involves a series of theatre, movement, dance and music workshops for blind and visually-impaired young people, completed with the professional performance, created by the workshop participants, their instructors, teachers, young dancers and artists from Lodz. The workshops will take place from July to November 2014. The main aim of the project is to stimulate blind and visually-impaired young people, their parents and guardians in creative work.
The project "Art-impulses" consists of two work modules: artistic and organizational.
The artistic module is based on active participation in a series of workshops, ended with a proffesional theatre performance. The main aim of the workshops is to develop body awareness of the participants, to improve their orientation in space, and to teach them techniques of free and smooth motion, to give them selfconfidence and trust by working with others and working in the group. The workshop activities include methods of intensive development of the whole body and voice, and creative improvisation techniques.
The organizational module is based on preparing the performance (first work-in-progress show in August, during the International Theatre Festival RETROPERSPEKTYWY 2014, second - premiere performance in October 2014.) The project participants will work on creating the script, costumes, and stage design for the performance. They will be also engaged in the work in CHOREA Theatre festival office, in newly opened cultural center - Art_Incubator in Art Factory in Lodz.
Through workshops based on working with the body, voice and partner, young people overcame their barriers and limitations, and they are breaking the stereotypes associated with functioning of the blind and visually impaired people in the society.