On 5 July 2014 Poland?s Amareya Theatre and their guests will show Nomadka, or Nomadic Woman, directed by Katarzyna Pastuszak, at Japan?s leading theatre festival, the 2014 Theatre X International Dance and Theatre Festival in Tokyo.The performance will feature: Louise Fontain (Greenland/Norway), Katarzyna Pastuszak (Amareya Theatre, Poland), Joanna Duda (Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, J=J, Poland), Dorota Androsz (Wybrzeże Theatre, Poland), Agnieszka Kamińska (Amareya Theatre, Poland), Aleksandra Śliwińska (Amareya Theatre, Poland), Anna Kalwajtys (ASP, Poland), Magdalena Jędra (Good Girl Killer, Poland). Amareya?s Japanese trip is being filmed by Mateusz Skrzypiec, who is shooting a documentary on the company?s tour to Japan, Greenland, and Israel. The film is to premiere in 2015 on the Polish public television.
At the festival?s closing gala the Amareya Theatre & Guests will join forces with their Japanese colleagues to present an evening of Tadeusz Różewicz?s poetry titled Ocalony [Survivor]. The gala will also feature excellent Japanese dance and drama artists: Yoshito Ohno, Mamako Yoneyama, Kei Takei, and Katsuko Orita.
The Theatre X International Dance and Theatre Festival in Tokyo is Japan?s leading theatre festival of high international renown. Amareya?s appearance at the event comes after a string of other Polish presentations, including the Kana Theatre, the Wierszalin Theatre, or the Wrocław Mime Theatre. Amareya?s performance is sure to raise the profile of Polish culture abroad and make art produced by young Polish artists more visible internationally. The artists will also run their originally-devised dance, drama and voice workshops in Tokyo.
The piece to be presented in Tokyo is an extended version of a performance of the same title produced in 2012 under the Cultural Scholarship awarded by the City of Gdańsk. The project is also a follow-up on Amareya?s collaboration with Louise Fontain and The Wild Women Conference (Villkvinneseminar) held in Mosj?en, Norway, which goes back to 2011. Nomadic Woman revolves around the life of Fontain, who was deported from Greenway to Denmark as a child as part of a Danish governmental project envisaging re-education of young Greenlanders. As a result of different twists and turns that her life took, Fontain was forced to live in exile for many years following her relocation, forgetting her native tongue and losing touch with her family as a result. She came back to Greenland many years later, setting out to gradually re-establish the bonds she had lost. Nomadic Woman takes the audience on a journey beyond their everyday experience as they listen to Fontain and the other artists tell the moving stories of their lives.
On 1 August 2014 the Institute of Municipal Culture in Gdańsk will host a meeting devoted to the piece and Amareya?s trip to Japan, showcasing video excerpts of Nomadic Woman?s performance in Tokyo and Skrzypc?s film documenting the artists? visit to Japan, featuring Joanna Duda?s music.
Choreography: Katarzyna Pastuszak, Dorota Androsz (actress of Wybrzeże Theatre)
Consultants: Dorota Androsz, Aleksandra Śliwińska, Agnieszka Kamińska, Anna Kalwajtys
Performers: Louise Fontain (Greenland/Norway), Dorota Androsz, Magdalena Jędra, Katarzyna Pastuszak, Aleksandra Śliwińska, Joanna Duda, Anna Kalwajtys
Text: Barbara Szamotulska, Louise Fontain, Katarzyna Pastuszak, Dorota Androsz
Nomadic Woman is a performance project about women and their internal and external emigration. The project revolves around stories of the women who lived most of their life in motion and in a peculiar isolation, without a permanent address or the sense of putting down roots anywhere. By revealing to world the difficult truth about themselves, the women gain back their dignity and are reborn. The project is to discuss the issue of exile and to draw attention to the unique richness of what is popularly called “the other” and what is often stigmatized. Nomadic Woman is a return to oneself and to the world. On a theoretical level, the project also refers to the concept of inconstant human identity, as expressed by Rosi Braidotti (the concept of ?a Nomadic subject?).
From a review:
(…) This is a Polish Norwegian parable on wandering women (…). ?Nomadic Woman? is a successfully implemented, communicative project, made up of a multitude of elements, whose diversity, however, does not obscure the whole picture, but makes the piece more intense and puts it in context. It is an artistic research, a specific laboratory roamed by women. (?) Owing to the consistency of its methodology, imaging, and narration, the piece must be ranked high among other alternative productions. Pastuszak approaches narration in an ambitious manner, giving voice to eight characters, yet she leaves her audience time to familiarise with the space and time in which the production unfolds.? Katarzyna Wysocka (portkultury.pl, 14 December 2012, translated from Polish by IMiT)
Nomadic Woman will be presented at the 11th Theatre X International Dance and Theatre Festival 2014 in Tokyo thanks to the Adam Mickiewicz Institute?s ?Polish Culture Around the World? programme, the City of Gdańsk, and the Polish Institute in Tokyo.
Special thanks to Ms Misako Ueda, Ms Hiromi Harada, Ms Marta Karsz, Kae Ishimoto, and Daisuke Tsukuda.