CONSTITUTION FOR THE CHORUS OF POLES, PLAC DEFILAD, WARSAW
(solos) OTHER, OTHER, OTHER, OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER
CONSTITUTION FOR THE CHORUS OF POLES was performed 2’nd of September 2017 at Plac Defilad, in the front of the Palace of Culture and Since in Warsaw, at the open air.
Marta Górnicka gathered over 50 people from both “left” and “right” wings of the political conflict in Poland: POWSZECHNY THEATER ACTORS, FOOTBALL FANS, THE STRZELEC GUN ASSOCIATION, CHRISTIANS, VIETNAMESE, JEWS, THE CHORUS OF WOMEN, MUSLIMS, REFUGEES, PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME, PENSIONERS, CHILDREN. The show premiered on the 1st of May 2016 i.e. the International Worker’s Day, during great national debate caused by the turmoil surrounding the Constitutional Tribunal. “Marta Górnicka reacted to this crisis with a powerful gesture: she showed that Polish constitution is not a project of an ethnically homogeneous group, but very diverse group of individuals.”
Unfortunatelly this time, due to the political reason, the right-wing representatives didn’t take part in the performance, as well all refugees women were deported from Poland into Crimea. Górnicka invited in their place scouts, other refugees and actors from Powszechny Teatre and Studio Theatre in Warsaw: Maria Robaszkiewicz and Klara Bielawka.
WHY THE CONSTITUTION?
Because it concerns all of us, even though we may have completely different opinions about it.
Because today we are constantly referring to it – to defend it, to demand its change, to violate it, or to protect it.
Because it is our pride. And our shame.
Because it is our FUNDAMENTAL LAW.
Who will be reading it?
CHORUS OF POLES
POWSZECHNY TEATR ACTORS, LEGIA FOOTBALL FANS, VIETNAMESE, CHORUS OF WOMEN, SCOUTS, JEWISH WOMEN, CHILDREN, TEATR 21 ACTORS, MUSLIMS, REFUGEES, PENSIONERS
OPEN LETTER TO POLISH SOCIETY
How are you? How are you doing? We are asking because your life has
recently accelerated a great deal. A lot has been going about you. As you
know, in theatre we often address you and talk about you a lot. And even we
speak on your behalf. A lot of words have been revolving around you with an
ever greater velocity, load and striking distance. The Polish-Polish war with
words, so they say.
HOMELAND, TRUTH, NATION, CITIZEN, ENEMY, PATRIOT, TRAITOR,
EVERYONE, CONSTITUTION. And impossible to talk using ammunition.
Whose “Polish values” are Mine? or Yours? What is taking freedom away from
us? Is there any US?
We want to ask you about it, Society. We want to ask about it in the theatre.
So this time WE ARE INVITING YOU onstage to read the Constitution
CHORUS OF POLES:
“The Republic of Poland is a commonwealth of (CHOIR) ALL citizens.
The Republic of Poland is a commonwealth of all (CHOIR) CITIZENS
EVERYONE shall respect the freedoms and rights of (solos) OTHER, OTHER,
OTHER, OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER. OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER.
OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER. OTHER OTHER OTHER OTHER. OTHER OTHER
The colours of the Republic of Poland are white and red
WHITE! RED! INVINCIBLE! COLOURS!”