Creators: CHOREA Theatre, The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance - Carte Blanche
Production: Art Factory in Lodz
Direction and choreography: Adrian Bartczak
Music: Tomasz Krzyżanowski / Arvo Pärt's piece "STABAT MATER" is used in the performance
Costumes and stage design: Marta Góźdź - El Bruzda
Director’s assistants and dramaturgy collaboration: Wiktor Moraczewski
Choreographic consultations: Annabelle Bonnéry
Cast: Janusz Adam Biedrzycki, Maja Caban, Joanna Chmielecka, Michał Jóźwik, Małgorzata Lipczyńska, Anna Maszewska, Tomasz Rodowicz
Light: Tomasz Krukowski
Sound: Marcin Dobijański / Karol Skrzypiec
Poster: Filip Appel
Photos: Marcin Korbus
Production coordinator: Ola Shaya
Production: CHOREA Theatre, Fabryka Sztuki in Lodz, The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance - Carte Blanche
Arvo Pärt's piece "STABAT MATER", for mixed choir and string orchestra, from the CD "Pärt, A.: Stabat Mater", (in: Creator Spiritus, Harmonia Mundi Fr, 2011), is used in the performance. Performances are approved by Universal Edition A.G.
Premiere: 19.08.2022, International Theatre Festival Retroperspektywy
Duration: 80 minutes (no intermissions)
Viewers' age: 16+
Ragnarok in Norse mythology means „the twilight of the gods”, or simply the end of the old world and the beginning of a new one. However, the title of our performance is the only direct reference that connects it with the mythology. We felt that it might give another layer of interpretation for the audience, but at the same time we liked the fact that this term is so blunt with its meaning.
The show is about a new world. And here we wanted to dive into the problematics of humanity. Relations between people, connection with oneself, and representation of a society, but without certain roles or hierarchy.
We are working with the concept of liminality, which is focused on the „in-between” place, that occurs in the central phase of the rite of passage. The place, where the participants are no longer their old selves, but are not yet anything new. It is the ambiguous place of passing by. And we wanted the whole performance to be that place. A kind of distorted situation, a bit out of order or with some kind of tension and uncomfortable feeling.
Through the whole performance each actress and actor has hers and his own story and path, and through some crossings the relations are happening. We were trying to underline this loneliness, even if there are some connections happening. It is more about finding this specific performative state of carefully listening to myself - and through this tender and vigilant listening - to truly hearing the others.
Performance created and presented in terms of „ACT IN_OUT” Project, organized by Art Factory in Lodz, in cooperation with CHOREA Theatre form Lodz and Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance - Carte Blanche form Bergen, thanks to a grant form Norway Grants and EEA. Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
Project co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Project co-financed by the City of Łódź.