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: email@example.com.
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.”
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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