On 24 September 2016 at 7 pm, Nowy Theatre in Warsaw (10/16 Madalińskiego Street) invites to the premiere of Wojtek Ziemilski?s performance One Gesture, which tells a story about communicating with the world – the world of Those Who Can Hear and the world of the Deaf. The show will also be performed on 25 and 26 September.
It?s fascinating that our language proves inefficient and awkward. The language I use appears to be inadequate to talk about sign language. To give some substance to my words, let me cite a number of truisms from the collection Truisms by Jenny Holzer. Considered from the standpoint of sign language, these simple phrases have different ramifications: Listen when your body talks. / People who don?t work with their hands are parasites. / Words tend to be inadequate. / Description is more important than metaphor. / Abstraction is a type of decadence. / You are responsible for constituting the meaning of things.
One Gesture is about communicating with the world of Those Who Can Hear and with that of the Deaf. How does communication work? How are knowledge, emotion and culture transmitted, produced and processed? If language is the only reality we have access to (The limits of my language mean the limits of my world ? as Wittgenstein said), what can we learn about the world from the language of the Deaf? What is universal about their experience of communicating, and what is unique? And how is it that none of my friends have any Deaf friends?
That?s it for today. Writing those words, I?m actually beginning my work. I don?t understand the landscape I can see before me. I don?t know what will turn up.
Direction: Wojtek Ziemilski
Stage design, director?s collaborator: Wojciech Pustoła
Lighting director: Artur Sienicki
Music: Aleksander Żurowski
Costumes: Krystian Jarnuszkiewicz
Cast: Marta Abramczyk, Jolanta Sadłowska, Paweł Sosiński, Adam Stoyanov
Stage manager: Marta Śmierzchalska
Choreographer?s assisstant: Joanna Niemirska
Consulting: Katarzyna Głozak
Translation: Katarzyna Głozak, Agnieszka Misiewicz, Anna Borycka, Małgorzata Wasilewska
The recording of Fryderyk Chopin?s Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1. performed by Marta Sosińska has been provided by courtesy of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.
Tickets (adult/reduced/entry pass): PLN 35/25/20