International Theatre Director,
Theatre Maker and Lecturer

WOMENSTATE. A Choir For One Actress

ORIGINAL TITLE: KOBIETOSTAN. Chór na jedną aktorkę
PREMIERE: ​Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, 8 March 2018
LANGUAGE: Polish

WOMENSTATE. A Choir For One Actress

ORIGINAL TITLE: KOBIETOSTAN. Chór na jedną aktorkę

PREMIERE: Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, 8 March 2018

LANGUAGE: Polish

DIRECTION

Joanna Lewicka

PERFORMED BY

Agnieszka Bresler

COSTUME
& STAGE DESIGN

DRAMATURGY

Magdalena Mróz

VIDEO

PHOTOGRAPHY

Paulina Anna Galanciak
Magdalena Mądra

PROJECT’S INITIATOR

Agnieszka Bresler

GUEST PERFORMANCES

The Shakespeare Theatre in Gdansk
Scena Robocza in Poznan
Instytut Teatralny in Warsaw
Festival Theatralny in Wegajty
Impart Wroclaw
Theatre Festival OFF in Wroclaw
A prison in Wroclaw

DIRECTION
Joanna Lewicka

PERFORMED BY
Agnieszka Bresler

COSTUME & STAGE DESIGN
El Bruzda

DRAMMATURGY
Magdalena Mróz

VIDEO
Maria Porzyc

PHOTOGRAPHY
Paulina Anna Galanciak
Magdalena Mądra

PRODUCED BY
Kolektyw Kobietostan

Grotowski Institute in Wrocław

 

GUEST PERFORMANCES

The Shakespeare Theatre in Gdansk
Scena Robocza in Poznan
Instytut Teatralny in Warsaw
Festival Theatralny in Wegajty
Impart Wroclaw
Theatre Festival OFF in Wroclaw
A prison in Wroclaw

The performance developed by the all-female Womenstate Collective is an artistic attempt to channel the polyphony of many neglected voices into the voice of one actress – a representative of the social conscience. The voice-actress, like a Greek tragedy chorus, comments on the lives of protagonists and chants a song about the collective longing for a better world. She serves as a teacher of speaking for those who cannot speak and as a teacher of existing for those who feel that they have no place in society: she builds the community of females who used to be alienated due to social exclusion and discrimination. Thus, she gives birth to a utopian state created on the stage, an alternative reality of the dreamed Womenstate in which women make laws and a safe space for the same actress – the Queen-Mother – to articulate all the untold stories.

The project emerges out of our outrage by the systemic social marginalization of women from disadvantaged backgrounds, in order to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women who have tripped beyond the “mainstream” society. The performance’s text was based on an academic research tackling the social and political situation of women in Poland, and on interviews with dozens of Polish women who have participated in our specifically designed workshops.