TR Warszawa was once again invited to the Athens & Epidaurus Festival in Athens (Greece) with a performance of Katy Wéber’s “Pieces of a Woman” directed by Kornél Mundruczó!
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The international audience of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival in Athens, Greece will see “Pieces of a Woman” three times between September 2-4, 2021. The play was included in the program of last year’s Athens & Epidaurus Festival, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Pieces of a Woman” has been included in the new program of this year’s festival.
Athens & Epidaurus Festival takes place between June 1 and October 10, 2021 in Athens, Greece. The Greek theater festival has been organized for over 65 years and is one of the most important artistic events in Europe. Every year the most important artists and theater companies from all over the world come to the ancient city. This year, the program started in June and the international part dedicated to closed spaces takes place at the beginning of the 2021/2022 season.
The festival programme includes 80 events, including 30 international productions. In addition to the production directed by Kornél Mundruczó, the program includes performances by such artists and creators as Marie Bassard, Thomas Ostermaier, and Krzysztof Warlikowski, and the Greek program includes Prodromos Tsinikoris. The festival’s artistic director is Katerina Evangelos, and Stefanie Carp is responsible for the international program.
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE ” PIECES OF A WOMAN”
“Pieces of a Woman” is a feminist family drama, driven by the strength and determination of the female characters, set in contemporary Warsaw. A family reunion focuses the problems and internal conflicts of Polish society through a lens. The central figure of the play is Maja in her thirties, who faces a personal tragedy. To get out of her life’s twist, she has to question her whole life and build anew relationships with her loved ones. “Pieces of a Woman” is a moving portrayal of contemporary women fighting for the right to decide about their own lives. Director Kornél Mundruczó and writer and playwright Kata Wéber empathetically portray each of the expressive characters without judging or criticizing anyone gathered around the family table. Using filmic means of expression, the play captivates with its intimate narration, realism of detail and sensitivity of the actors’ performances.
The play was one of the most frequently mentioned plays by Polish theater critics in the 2018/2019 season summary “The best of the 2018/2019 season”, published in “Teatr” monthly. “Pieces of a Woman” has also opened a program of special screenings as part of TR Warszawa’s “Stay at Home, Don’t Leave the Theatre!” – in March 2020 the premiere broadcast of the recording was seen by around 10,000 people. In November 2020 the performance of “Pieces of a Woman” was streamed live straight from the stage of TR Warszawa/ATM Studio via the TR Online platform. The streaming of “Pieces of a Woman” was directed by Michał Dymek, winner of the 2020 Golden Lion Award in the best cinematography category for his work on “Sweat”.
photos: Natalia Kabanow
The premiere of Kata Wéber’s “Pieces of a Woman”, directed by Kornél Mundruczó, took place on 13 December 2018 at TR Warszawa/ATM Studio. The production has been recognized many times at theater festivals in Poland, including by the selectors and the international jury INFERNO of the 12th International Theatre Festival Divine Comedy, which awarded TR Warszawa’s production with the Grand Prix for the best performance of the festival and acting awards for Justyna Wasilewska (first acting award) and Dobromir Dymecki (second acting award). In addition to 7 acting awards and the Grand Prix of the 12th International Theatre Festival Divine Comedy, the production received the Konrad Swinarski Award for Best Director in the 2018/2019 season (for Kornél Mundruczó).
On January 7, 2021 the long-awaited premiere of the film version of “Pieces of a Woman” took place. The Netflix production based on a script by Katy Wéber and directed by Kornél Mundruczó has its origins in a play created by a pair of Hungarian filmmakers on a special commission from TR Warszawa. The world premiere of “Pieces of a Woman” took place at the 77th Venice International Film Festival in September last year. It was then that Vanessa Kirby received the award for the best actress of the festival for her leading role of Martha, and Kornél Mundruczó was awarded the Arca Cinemagiovani Award for the director of the best film of the festival.
In Warsaw, the play will be presented between 14 and 18 October this year on the stage of TR Warszawa/ATM Studio. Tickets are available here.
TR ON TOUR 2021
This year’s TR Warszawa tour began with the screening of Kornél Mundruczó’s “PIECES OF A WOMAN” at the 75th Festival d’Avignon in France in July. The next stops will be Athens & Epidaurus Festival in Athens, RomaEuropa Festival in Rome and Sirenos Festival in Vilnius. However, “PIECES OF A WOMAN” is not the only TR Warszawa production that will go on tour this year. On 18-21 August, we are presenting “ONCO” directed by Weronika Szczawińska in Groningen at the Noorderzon Festival of Performing Arts & Society. After the showings of “ONCO” in Holland we are going to Sopot (August this year) for the 10th Festival Sopot Non-Fiction with the play “ONCO”. The Sopot festival will also feature a co-production of Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy and TR Warsaw “THE CLUB” directed by Weronika Szczawińska. In September, we will be present at the 29th International Theatre Festival Divadlo in Pilsen (Czech Republic) with the play “3STRS” directed by Luka Perceval Detailed information about TR ON TOUR 2021 can be found here.
Tickets for TR Warszawa’s performances of “PIECES OF A WOMAN”, “THE CLUB”, “3STRS” are available at bilety.trwarszawa.pl