Transitions Central Europe: Magnificat / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Transitions Central Europe: Magnificat

Marta Górnicka

Transitions 3. Central Europe

21-22 NOV 2015
Main Stage
50 minutes
A cultural manifesto on the nature of Woman and the social stereotypes that define it. "Teatr" magazine declared “Magnificat” Poland’s best alternative theatre production of 2010–11.
Full price: 10 €   
Reduced: 5 €
Small groups (5-9 people): 9 €  
Large groups (10+ people): 8 €
People with disabilities: 4 € -
Companions: 5 €
Unemployed: 4 €

In Magnificat, the Polish director Marta Górnicka uses contemporary versions of the ancient tragic Chorus. Working with different social groups, she combines the dynamic of the collective -in voice and body- with a contemporary critique of language as a hegemonic tool. Magnificat -the second part of a trilogy- breaks new ground with a Women’s Chorus that subverts classical illustrations of femininity.

The figure of the Virgin Mary forms a central axis of the production as Christianity’s sacred image of femininity representing love, strength, devotion and knowledge. A women’s choir appears on stage and uses hymns, yells, whispers, rhythmic speech and church sounds. In parallel, passages from Euripides’ The Bacchae and from the Gospels, along with texts by the Nobel prize-winning author, Elfriede Jelinek, and Poland’s national poet, Adam Mickiewicz, are combined with references to contemporary pop culture and to recipes. The result: a unique auditory and ideological landscape for Women’s nature and the stereotypes that define it. Together, the notes of Magnificat form a political manifesto, while the Virgin Mary descends from holy icons onto the theatre stage.

The women’s Chorus as a contemporary form of theatre is a concept we owe to Marta Górnicka. It renegotiates the role of the Chorus as we know it from ancient tragedy in order to create a post-modern spectacle which seeks to “reclaim the female voice” by combining the power of the collective voice and the collective body with a contemporary critique of discourse as a hegemonic tool. The Chorus consists of 25 women of different ages and social backgrounds.


Concept, Libretto and Direction: Marta Górnicka
Score: IEN
Choreography: Anna Godowska
Scientific/literary advisor: Agata Adamiecka
Conducting consultant: Marta Szeliga
Stage design cooperation: Anna Maria Karczmarska
Costume design collaboration: Aleksandra Harasimowicz
Light design: Tomasz Sierotko
Translation into Greek: Dimitris Chouliarakis
Stage management: Marek Susdorf
Producer: Zbigniew Raszewski / Theatre Institute, Warsaw

With: Beata Banasik, Ewa Chomicka, Paulina Drzastwa, Viola Glińska, Alicja Herod, Anna Jagłowska, Natalia Jarosiewicz, Katarzyna Jaźnicka, Barbara Jurczyńska, Ewa Konstanciak, Ewa Kossak, Marta Markowicz, Kamila Michalska, Jolanta Nałęcz‐Jawecka, Natalia Obrębska, Magda Roma Przybylska, Anna Rączkowska, Anna Rusiecka, Natalia Samojlik, Kaja Stępkowska, Paulina Sacharczuk, Karolina Więch, Anna Wodzyńska, Anna Wojnarowska, Magdalena Woźniak
Premiere: 27 June 2011, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, Warsaw

With English surtitles.

Friday 20 November
Theatre workshop with Marta Górnicka

Saturday 21 November
After performance talk with Marta Górnicka (Language: Polish, with simultaneous translation)
Chaired by Katia Arfara, Artistic Director of the Theatre and Dance Department at the Onassis Cultural Centre

20 Nov 2015

Cost:12 €


Transitions Central Europe: Theatre workshop with Marta Górnicka

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