Polish director and founder of groundbreaking choral company The Chorus of Women Marta Górnicka presents the final part of her MOTHER COURAGE triptych. Hymn to Love is a play about Poland’s and, by extension, Europe’s hypocritical stance on the issue of humanitarian values. The old continent closes ranks, as nation after nation cries out: “Give us back our country!” By turns singing, shouting, and whispering, the chorus at times marches on stage akin to a military band. History repeats itself, as evidenced by the Song of the Forgetful Nation. The director composes a monstrous “National Songbook” out of various versions of the national anthem, marches, patriotic songs, religious hymns, and folk songs. In her libretto, she exposes the obscene language of politics, quoting from terrorists, fundamentalists, and legitimate politicians. Górnicka castigates the age-long mentality of “us” versus “them,” and effectively blurs the lines between “self” and “Other.” Teoniki Rożynek’s elaborate musical arrangement elevates the vocal power of the chorus to a higher level in a powerful production that is at once a battle cry and a wake-up call for Europe. The diverse cast includes men and women, adults and minors, professionals and amateurs, senior citizens and adults with Down’s syndrome.
Concept - Text - Direction: Marta Górnicka
Music: Teoniki Rożynek
Choreography: Anna Godowska
Dramaturgy: Agata Adamiecka
Set design: Robert Rumas
Costume design: Anna Maria Karczmarska
Puppets: Konrad Czarkowski (Kony Puppets)
Lighting design: Artur Sienicki
Producers: Izabela Dobrowolska, Agnieszka Różyńska
Assistant to the director: Arnold Prządka
Assistant to the choreographer: Anna Krysiak
Assistant to the costume designer: Agnieszka Majkutewicz
Assistant and musical consultant: Joanna Piech – Sławecka
Technical manager: Andrzej Szwaczyk
Cast: Sylwia Achu, Pamela Adamik, Anna Andrzejewska, Maria Chleboś, Konrad Cichoń, Piotr B. Dąbrowski, Tymon Dąbrowski, Maciej Dużyński, Anna Gierczyńska, Paula Głowacka, Maria Haile, Wojciech Jaworski, Borys Jaźnicki, Katarzyna Jaźnicka, Ewa Konstanciak, Irena Lipczyńska, Kamila Michalska, Izabela Ostolska, Filip Piotr Rutkowski, Michał Sierosławski, Ewa Sołtysiak, Ewa Szumska, Krystyna Lama Szydłowska, Kornelia Trawkowska, Anastazja Żak
Co-production: The Chorus Of Women Foundation, Polish Theatre in Poznan, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Maxim Gorki Theater.
Partners: Goethe-Institut, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle.
Project co-financed by The City of Warsaw, The City of Poznan and Kunststiftung NRW