HYMN TO LOVE| INNO ALL’AMORE OPENS MITTELFEST FESTIVAL| Teatro Ristori Cividale del Friuli | Italy
The choir is the main character in this extraordinary show. The members of the choir – male and female; young and old; of diverse ethnic backgrounds – sing and act with the greatest intensity, conducted from the audience by Marta Górnicka. They represent a society that can be welcoming or mean; soft or aggressive; impressive or miserable. Górnicka explores the power of the collective and her take on its lowest, pathetic manifestations is uncompromising.
“As a director, Marta Górnicka has the same special power that the Polish genius Tadeusz Kantor possessed. She is a radical artist who appeals even to old-fashioned audiences – a passionate innovator who is rooted in classical art and is extraordinarily strong and lovingly tender while she conducts her impeccable choir. I watched Hymn to Love breathlessly and couldn’t stop my tears.”
From the Mittelfest director’s notes