Xth Academy for Theatre Pracise “Gardziniece”
performance “Supermarket & National Voodoo” dir. Jacek Timingeriu
character: bigot/disabled girl
SUPERMARKET AND NATIONAL VOODOO
PERFORMANCE of the X ACADEMY FOR THEATRE PRACTICES (2011-2012)
based on Andrzej Stasiuk’s “Diary kept afterwards”
SUPERMARKET AND NATIONAL VOODOO is a lively, theatrical and musical interpretation of fragments of Andrzej Stasiuk’s “Diary kept afterwards.” The text, which is sung, recited and rapped becomes the springboard for the creation of ambiguous theatrical mosaic, which is a (self-) ironic attempt to describe the reality of post-communist Poland, in which national myths mingle with consumer lifestyles.
Like Stasiuk’s book, the performance is a kind of journey through places and situations specific to the cultural landscape of contemporary Poland: from a pilgrimage to the Marian sanctuary in Lichen, through funeral marches, rallies, a queue at the train station and sale in the mall or a night at the disco party and the Sunday Mass.
Through the video clip scenes, based on Oberek rhythms, hip – hop and techno and through fervently recited lines one can hear the voice of a generation of those who experienced the last moments of communism and the first who struggled with predatory capitalism, consumption and globalization era.
Directed by: Jacek Timingeriu (graduate of the VI Academy for Theatre Practices)
Artistic supervision: Włodzimierz Staniewski
Music arrangements: Jarosław Jaruszewski “Bisz”
Choreography: Katarzyna Stefanowicz, Julia Bui-Ngoc
Cast: Daniel Adamczyk, Joanna Belzyt, Barbara Ciemięga, Sylwia Dąbrowska, Wiola Farkowska, Anna Getka, Anna Sadowska, Jan Żórawski oraz Mariusz Gołaj
Musicians: Danka Vitova, Kamil Herbik, Mateusz Jakubczyk
Music: Michał Żak, Szczepan Pospieszalski
Premiere cast: Joanna Holcgreber, Ilona Zgiet, Michał Zgiet, Daniel Admaczyk, Joanna Belzyt, Basia Ciemięga, Anna Getka, Lia Ikkos-Serrano, Anna Sadowska, Jan Żórawski, Martin Quintela
Musicians: Damian Borowiec, Małgorzata Krasowska, Maksymilian Wosk, Jarosław Adamów
Producer: Włodzimierz Staniewski, Centre for Theatre Practices GARDZIENICE
Włodzimierz Staniewski, the director of GARDZIENICE, invited another director to create a performance – James Brennan, who in 2011 began rehearsals with a group of students of X Academy of Theatre Practices. With time and with refining of the concept for the performance, the cast expanded by: Joanna Holcgreber, one of the main actresses of Staniewski’s Theatre, Ilona Zgiet of Andersen Theatre and Michal Zgiet from Kompania Teatr. (…)
Brennan’s performance is an eclectic creation, it refers to various styles and conventions. The show is made up of scenes in which the physicality of the population is contrasted with the actions of an individual, singing with emotional monologues, tragedy with comedy, unrealistic scenes mixed with parts full of psychological intensity, folk songs with opera arias. THE MARK OF KAIN overwhelms with the accumulation of symbols and cultural tracks, filled with biblical and mythological references. It is steeped in the familiar East Slavic folklore thanks to the costumes , which use elements from the original traditional Łowicz dresses, but also by creating scenes straight from Wyspianski’s “Wedding”. (…)
In Brennan’s performance one can also feel the spirit of romance and an element of existential anxiety. Contemporary symbols are mixed with elements of traditional culture, not just Slavic, but also more distant, Maori culture. The created reality becomes an carnivalesque in Bachtin’s understanding of this word. (…)
The performance in GARDZIENICE should therefore be read as a story of people marked by hatred, disease and crime …. in Brennan’s performance everybody is marked.
‘Marked’, Ewa Maria Kazmierczak, THEATRE 1/2013