A SONG FOR WARTIME- reading of a play, JULY 23, AVIGNON FESTIVAL
The war rituals of violence against women never change. War raises questions for Europe: about accountability in the face of a threat and the mechanisms of its defence. Out of the testimonies of Ukrainian, Belarusian, and Polish mothers and children, those who have fled war and persecution, Marta Górnicka is creating a choral play. Ukrainian children’s games, lively traditional songs, spells, and political statements all meet each other. The Polish director and founder of the Political Voice Institute Berlin (PVI) is this year presenting a reading of the ensemble piece, as well as materials from the rehearsals that have been taking place in Warsaw with refugee women from Mariupol and Kiev. The choir starts its wartime song with Schedrivka, a traditional Ukrainian folk song. These melodic well wishes are addressed to all people, for a new time, for a time that we would like to see last a lifetime.
With: Laure Mathis, Palina Shkliar
Reading of MOTHERS A SONG FOR WARTIME
Cour du musée Calvet, Avignon Festival
A performance of 21 Ukrainian, Polish, Belarusian mothers and their children. Of different ages and life stories. Refugees from Mariupol, Kyiv, Bucha. Those who have fled the war, and those who have fled persecution – all can find their place in the CHORUS OF MOTHERS. A post-opera, ritual choral form which refers to seventh-century BC female choruses.