The Time of Mothers

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Poznań June Uprising '56, Teatr Ósmego Dnia presented a performance set up as a series of images and events taking place within multistoried space, telling a story of motherhood and death with the language of grotesque and drama.

The show, combining the elements of actor's theatre with special effects of scenography, multimedia, and especially composed music, forms a beautiful tale of contemporary women who become the icons of our times. "Women, the mothers, give rise to life. Their credit is the miracle of birth, its soleness and uniqueness. Ritualistically happy, fairy tale, lyrical, and tender beginnings of existence are all their creation and their merit. However, it is them who later experience the greatest of disasters - the loss. The life is torn out of their arms. This sole and unique being drifts away into the chaos of the world. The world, which is unfair and cruel. They realize that, completely unwittingly, they gave birth to and patiently nurtured executioners and victims. And so, the metaphysics of birth is juxtaposed against the pervasive mediocrity and anonymity of death. Women, however, rebel against this loss, against the role of the mother of cannon fodder, the mothers of prophets and heroes. Women yearn for the miracle of normality and continuation (...). Women stand together on the side of life, against the loss." (Teatr Ósmego Dnia)

The premiere in Poznan (Wolne Tory), 28 June 2006.

© 2017 Teatr Ósmego Dnia

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