December 13, 2018
2 h 30 min (no intermission)
100 PLN – regular
60 PLN – concessionary
The performance includes some nudity. Smoke and strobe light are used in the performance.
For more details, please contact the education department: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A feminist family drama set in present day Warsaw, powered by the strength and determination of female characters. A family get-together shows, as if through a lens, the problems and internal conflicts of Polish society.
The protagonist of the play, 30-year-old Maja struggles with a personal tragedy. In order to get back on track, she must question her old life and rebuild from scratch the relationships with her family. “Pieces of a Woman” is an evocative picture of modern women who fight for the right to decide about their own life. Kornél Mundruczó – director, and Kata Weber – author of the script, portrait each character with great empathy – they don’t judge or criticize any of the characters gathered around the family table. The performance employs cinematographic means of expression and captivates the viewers with intimate narrative, the realism of the details and tenderness of the actor’s creations. “Pieces of a Woman” is a second, after “The Bat” (premiere 2012, prod. TR Warszawa), Kornél Mundruczó’s play produced in Poland. Both performances have gained recognition of Polish and international audiences.
From the director:
“The path taken by Maja is the everywoman’s path. Maya experiences what all women experience when their longings are squashed. The are crushed by pain untill the time when they can unfurl and re-open, ready for a life of greater awareness, depth and, of course, joy. The combination of feminine relationships shown in our play is authentic. It contains love, rage, disappointment and healing, associated today with intimacy.”
director: Kornél Mundruczó
text and dramaturgy: Kata Wéber
assistant playwright: Soma Boronkay
translation: Jolanta Jarmołowicz
set and costume design: Monika Pormale
music: Asher Goldschmidt
lighting design: Paulina Góral
director’s assistant: Karolina Gębska
stage manager: Katarzyna Gawryś-Rodriguez
translation during rehearsal: Patrycja Paszt
physical training: Aleksandra Woźniak
scenographer’s assistant, production manager: Karolina Pająk-Sieczkowska
costumographer’s assistant: Małgorzata Nowakowska
language consultation: Andreas Jönsson, Sindre Sandemo
fot. Natalia Kabanow
Copyright of Jolanta Jarmołowicz (translator) to the play “Parts of a Woman” is represented by Agencja Dramatu i Teatru ADiT.
“(…) brilliantly simple and very much needed performance about ourselves..”
“’Pieces of a Woman” is concert of acting skills.”
“The Director allows the actors to create original characters and the entire cast takes advantage of this opportunity. They fit in quite effortlessly in the performance’s form that is close to film realism.”
“(…) it’s the highest form of art. To create theatre as if it wasn’t theatre but a private game. As if the word’s weren’t written down but came on their own, even self-expressed themselves. Yet again, Mundruczó throws us right in the middle of life, he requires theatre to be its imitation. He doesn’t stop there, however. From time to time he distorts realism of the story, builds unusual hyperboles, destroys order, introduces dissonances. “Pieces of a Woman” is a masterpiece as far as the precision of the production is concerned, and at the same time an extremely challenging technical endeavor. It only looks like imitating life is all it takes.”
“A theatre of outstanding stage creations. Wasilewska, Kuta and Żulewska show off their vast acting techniques – they don’t act, they become the characters. Characters that we not only believe in but, first and foremost, – remember.”
(…) TR Warszawa – a Polish theatre company, one of the best in the world (…)
(…) The play by a Hungarian playwright Kata Wéber, turned into a Netflix movie directed by Kornél Mundruczó, was a great success in Avignon. Author of the text analyzes the trauma of miscarriage with great precision and without cutting any corners. (…) The performance exceptionally effectively transcends dramatic conventions thanks to masterful performances by the actors, who (…) artfully bring their characters to life even if their lines are limited to small talk – which, by the way, makes the reception of a show in Polish with French surtitles quite manageable. (…) The Avignon audience fell in love with this Polish play from 2018. The performance is very intriguing if only because it depicts certain social roles and brings them to the limits. In Poland the show enjoyed a great success and its creators were showered with various prestigious awards. So far in Europe, “Pieces of a Woman” have been included in the programmes of the most important festivals, such as: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Athens & Epidaurus Festival and Festival Romaeuropa. The movie adaptation gave Vanessa Kirby an Oscar nomination and a Volpi Cup at the Venice International Film Festival.
The play by TR Warszawa, that premiered in Warsaw in 2018, proves that theatre is nothing without the actors. Especially the Polish ones. In this performance they are all magnificent.
(…) The performance “Pieces of a Woman” by a Hungarian movie and theatre director – Kornél Mundruczó is a big thing. (…) Mundruczó and his playwright Kata Weber had the courage to take on the most unmodern of theatrical forms: a family drama. (…) brilliant writing meets here an acting craft that astounds with authenticity and spiritual depth. (…) Never before have we seen a performance where dramatic gravity and power of the word seem to interpenetrate so strongly. Wéber’s tale is very Ibsenian in its dynamics, in combining the intimate with the social (…).
(…) Pieces of a Woman say a lot about our anxious, turbulent western society, lost between the traditional and modern lifestyle. Naturalism of the topic is perfectly yet mysteriously confronted with the magic of theatre – Kornél Mundruczó is a real master at mixing stage styles. With realism, which is the base of his production, the director sneakily introduces us to the secrets of suddenly bared souls and bodies. Bared as they can be during childbirth, which is the center of act one. Would Kornél Mundruczó do so well without the bona fide actors, who stand before us? Actors: the very principle, source, essence and genius of theatre… In TR Warszawa’s production all of them are very impressive.
(…) The most beautiful part in Pieces of a Woman is the young mother, who decides to experience her loss in a way that she finds fit, without any denial or pretense. This grief belongs to her; Maja doesn’t want to benefit from it in any way. The actress who plays this young woman is absolutely brilliant. Justyna Wasilewska, full of grace and internal strength, is the driver of the entire performance.
Filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó gave the Festival in Avignon a theatrical slap in the face with his guest performance of Pieces of a Woman. This deeply emotional, shocking play portraits a woman overwhelmed by tragedy, struggling with the family and social pressure. (…) Justyna Wasilewska in a very sophisticated manner takes on the leading role and with extraordinary sensitivity expresses the suffering and deep loneliness of the protagonist who is also an observer to her own story. (…) Kornél Mundruczó – a master of hyperrealism, creates a very refined, distinctive and conscious staging, as usual. Intensity of the presence of the exceptional actors and virtuosity of the performance allow the audience to fully immerse into the intimacy of theatre (…) and confront both disintegration and an attempt at recovery (…).
“Pieces of a Woman” performed by Polish actors from TR Warszawa company is a deeply moving work. (…) The performance is a unique stage experience, all thanks to fervent acting. Emma Dante and the artists of “Misericordia” have already raised the bar at this year’s festival but TR Warszawa company has hoisted it even higher. The Avignon Festival owes them a lot.
The closing night in Cannes, the opening night in Avignon: director Kornél Mundruczó and scriptwriter Kata Wéber are everywhere! They detonated a real bomb during the second half of the Avignon Festival. (…). We haven’t experienced such quality of acting, such directing, such vision and staging for a very long time. (…) The performance, which consists of two acts – first one entirely cinematic and the second theatrical ‒ presents a perspective we have never before seen on a stage. In the first act, thanks to the camera-eye close-ups we are able to cope with what we’re hearing and seeing. The second act, on the other hand, opens before us a wide perspective on the a design presented in the cinematic 16/9 format, with an infinite stage where a whole palette of family tensions play out. It vaguely resembles the Festen, but these protagonists do not sit at the table to supper with others. They mess with the food with their fingers, as if they’d forgotten all about good manners and savoir-vivre. Dobromir Dymecki, Monika Frajczyk, Magdalena Kuta, Sebastian Pawlak, Marta Ścisłowicz, Justyna Wasilewska and Agnieszka Żulewska are real stage animals. They act as a team, they share the space though they disappear from view from time to time. Kata Wéber’s text includes many fascinating and intimate topics such as the confrontation of your mourning with the perspective of other members of the family, another – observation of dementia creeping into the life of people who are gettin old.
The Konrad Swinarski Best Director Award
Granted to Kornél Mundruczó for the direction of “Pieces of a Woman” by Kata Wéber
The Aleksander Zelwerowicz Best Actress Award
Granted to Justyna Wasilewska for the role of Maja in “Pieces of a Woman” by Kata Wéber, directed by Kornél Mundruczó
First Award for Best Actress
Granted to Justyna Wasilewska for the role of Maja in “Pieces of a Woman” by Kata Wéber, directed by Kornél Mundruczó at 12th Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival
The Ignacy Lewandowski Special Award
Award for an outstanding episodic role for Monika Frajczyk for the role of Ewa in the play “Pieces of a Woman” at the 59th Theatre Meetings in Kalisz
3rd main acting award
Award for Dobromir Dymecki for the role of Lars in the play “Pieces of a Woman” at the 59th Kalisz Theater Meetings
The Jacek Woszczerowicz Award
Award for Magdalena Kuta for the role of Mother in the play “Pieces of a Woman” at the 59th Kalisz Theater Meetings
Granted during the 12th Divine Comedy Theater Festival in 2019 in Krakow
About the creators
Kornél Mundruczó is a Hungarian film and theater director. Mundruczó studied film and television at the Hungary’s Academy of Film and Drama and then went on to become a critically acclaimed director. He has directed 17 short and feature films. Notably, PLEASANT DAYS (2002) was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno; JOHANNA (2005), a filmic opera adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc, was presented in Cannes Un Certain Regard. Other known films are DELTA (2008) and WHITE GOD (2014) that won the Prize Un Certain Regard and had a Spotlight section at the Sundance Film Festival and JUPITER’S MOON (2017).
Parallel to his filmmaking career, Mundruczó has worked in theater and opera and founded his independent theater company, Proton Theater . He often casts the same actors and strives to create a team with them. In Mundruczó’s words, “I come from a theatrical background, and I’m convinced that it’s in fact the audience which determines whether the film works or not”.
Kata Wéber is a Hungarian screen and theater writer. She studied acting at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Hungary and after a prolific acting career, she dedicated herself to writing in theatre. Her theatre works are among others: The Bat, Pieces of a Woman (TR Warszawa), Hotel Lucky Hole (Schauspielhaus Zürich), Imitation of Life, Evolution (Proton Theatre) picking up various awards along the way. Together with Kornél Mundruczó they work as the tandem for film and stage creations. Their work together has proven to be fruitful after WHITE GOD (2014) won the Prize Un Certain Regard and had a Spotlight section at the Sundance Film Festival, and JUPITER’S MOON (2017) was also In Competition as part of The Official Selection of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. Their first english language movie “Pieces of a Woman” produced by Bron Studios premiered at 77th Venice International Film Festival, where Vanessa Kirby was awarded the best actress prize for the lead performance followed by an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Leading role.
Kaliskie Spotkania Teatralne 2019
Divine Comedy Festiva 2019
Cracow Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2020 ( cancelled edition)
74. Festival d’Avignon (cancelled edition)
Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020 (cancelled edition)
Ruhrtriennale 2020 (cancelled edition)
Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2020 ( online presentation)
75. Festival d’Avignon
Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2021
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