International Theatre Director,
Theatre Maker and Lecturer

Stepmother Motherland or

My Mother the Stolen Child

POLISH TITLE
Macocha ojczyzna, czyli
moja skradziona matka

GERMAN TITLE
Stiefmutter Heimat.
Meine Mutter das gestohlene Kind

PREMIERE
​1 October 2020
Theater unterm Dach (Berlin)

LANGUAGES
Polish & German

Stepmother Home or My Mother the Stolen Child

POLISH TITLE: Machocha ojczyzna. Moja skradziona matka

GERMAN TITLE: Stiefmutter Heimat. Meine Mutter das gestohlene Kind

LANGUAGES: Polish & German

PREMIERES:
  • 20 May 2020 at the Performing Arts Festival in Berlin
  • 1 October 2020 at the Theater unterm Dach in Berlin
  • 16 October 2020 at the Grotowski Institut in Wrocław

DIRECTION

Joanna Lewicka

TEXT

Joanna Lewicka based on stories by Wicki Kalaitzi and Elenka Kalaitzi

PERFORMING

Wicki Kalaitzi

MULTIMEDIA

Aleksander Janas

STAGE & COSTUMES

Marta “El Bruzda” Góźdź

MUSIC

Tomasz Krzyżanowski

SOUND TECHNIQUE

Robert Schüller, Theater unterm Dach

LIGHTS

Karol Rębisz

POSTER

Michał Jadczak

PHOTOGRAPHY

José-Luis Mendoza, Tomasz Papuczys

PRODUCTION

Foundation from East to West
Theater unterm Dach
Instytut Grotowskiego

PARTNERS

Bezirksamt Pankow Berlin
Polnisches Institut Berlin
Fundacja Współpracy Polsko-Niemieckiej
Pilecki Institut

Poster Stiefmutter Heimat Meine Mutter Das Gestohlene Kind
PREMIERES
 
20 May 2020 at the Performing Arts Festival in Berlin
1 October 2020 at the Theater unterm Dach in Berlin
16 October 2020 at the Grotowski Institut in Wrocław

CREATORS

Direction: Joanna Lewicka

Text: Joanna Lewicka based on stories
by Wicki Kalaitzi and Elenka Kalaitzi

Performance: Wicki Kalaitzi
Set & Costumes: Marta “El Bruzda” Góźdź
Multimedia: Aleksander Janas
Music: Tomasz Krzyżanowski
Sound (technique): Robert Schüller, Theater unterm Dach
Lights: Karol Rębisz
Poster: Michał Jadczak
Photography: José-Luis Mendoza, Tomasz Papuczys

PRODUCTION

Foundation from East to West
Theater unterm Dach
Instytut Grotowskiego 

PARTNERS

Bezirksamt Pankow Berlin
Polnisches Institut Berlin
Fundacja Współpracy Polsko-Niemieckiej
Pilecki Institut

The theatre production Stepmother Home My Mother The Stolen Child is a mindchild of an  actress and dancer Wicki Kalaitzi, based on the authentic childhood history of her mother Lenka who has fallen victim to the deportation of Greek children to central and eastern Europe during the Greek Civil War. Through this documentary and artistic project the daughter will tell a story about searching for a home and growing roots in a new homeland.

The production fits into a wider artistic and social project “Stepmother Motherland” developed by theatre maker Joanna Lewicka to explore themes of origin, uprooting and (non) belonging in the contexts of contemporary history and of the modern (un)conscious “nomadism”.

The project seeks to overcome the common negative perceptions associated with migration, cosmopolitanism, “homelessness”.

Through intimate personal stories of witnesses of the History, it poses questions such as: what exactly is home and what does it mean to belong?