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Pieces of a Woman – Festival d’Avignon

dir.Kornél Mundruczó
  • Directed by 

    Kornél Mundruczó

  • Premiered

    December 13, 2018

  • Duration

    2 h 30 min (no intermission)

  • Address

    Gymnase du lycée Aubanel
    14 Rue Palapharnerie
    84000 Avignon

Attention!

The performance includes some nudity. Smoke and strobe light are used in the performance.

For more details, please contact the education department: edukacja@trwarszawa.pl.

About

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.”


Creators

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

Production

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

 

Gallery

fot. Natalia Kabanow

Copyright of Jolanta Jarmołowicz (translator) to the play “Parts of a Woman” is represented by Agencja Dramatu i Teatru ADiT.



Reviews

  • (…) 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.

    Anne Diatkine, Liberation
  • “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.”

    Wojciech Majcherek, Kultura.Onet.pl
  • (…) 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.

    Etienne Sorin, Le Figaro

Awards

  • 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

About the creators

Kornél Mundruczó

Kornél Mundruczó is a Hungarian theatre and film director, actor. He studied at the Hungarian University of Film and Drama and is now a renowned European film and theatre director, whose creations premier at the most prestigious festivals all over the world.

He has been working for the stage since 2003. He is most enthusiastic to start a new project whenever he finds an inspiring subject, a team or a venue. During the creative process he tries to build up a team. For new projects he very often casts the same actors, who are working as creative partners to him. It is with them that he devises the productions. After freelancing with more or less the same group of people for several years, in 2009 he founded his independent theatre company, PROTON THEATRE together with theatre producer Dóra Büki.

His most famous productions include the stage adaptation of W. Sorokin’s ‘Ice, J. M. Coetzee’s ‘Disgrace, Hard to be a God’, based on his own script and ‘The Imitation of Life’, based on the text by Kata Wéber. „Pieces of a Woman” produced by TR Warszawa is his second performance based on the text of the same author, who collaborated with him as well for movies.  Mostly he stages his theatre adaptations in Hungarian, German and Austrian theaters, in Poland he works with TR Warszawa with its renowned ensemble. For directing ‘Pieces of a Woman’ Mundruczó received the Swinarski Award – the most important accolade given to the theatre directors in Poland, while the performance itself received the Grand Prix for the best performance at 12th International Theatre Festival Divine Comedy in Cracow. Actors playing in ‘Pieces of a Woman’ received several accolades for their roles in the performance.

He was nominated for the Faust Award in 2017 for his outstanding directorial achievement in Proton Theatre’s IMITATION OF LIFE. This was the first time in the history of this award that a non-German theatre, in this case a Hungarian independent company was nominated.
Since 2003 he has directed on the opera scene as well. THE MAKROPULOS AFFAIR which premiered in the Flemish Opera in Antwerp was nominated for the International Opera Award in the category Best New Production. Thus, was the first Hungarian nominee.

He made his directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. That same year, he founded the film production company Proton Cinema Ltd. with Viktória Petrányi, who has been his constant co-writer and artistic collaborator since college. His third feature film, JOHANNA – an operatic adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc – was presented in 2005, in the independent Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Festival, where in 2014 his sixth feature film, WHITE GOD won the main prize of the section. His fourth, fifth and seventh feature-length films took part in the official competition of Cannes: DELTA in 2008, TENDER SON in 2010, JUPITER’S MOON in 2017. His first English-language feature, PIECES OF A WOMAN, was in Competition at 77th Venice International Film Festival.

His film EVOLUTION, which was inspired by the theatre production of the same title of Proton Theatre, premieres in the new section of 2021 Cannes Film Festival, called Cannes Premiere.

Kata Wéber

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.

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