Pieces of a Woman

    08/05  | 20:30 - 22:50
    09/05  | 20:30 - 22:50
    10/05  | 15:00 - 17:20
    10/05  | 20:30 - 22:50

€22 / €18
Polish → NL, FR, EN

How do we deal with peer pressure and the accompanying social judgement about how we should express private emotions? In Pieces of a Woman we follow Maja who, after a traumatic event, feels the consequences and the pressure of her environment as to how she should express and process this event. Is serenity a sin? Can we resist guilt feelings? Kata Wéber has written a trenchant, instinctive text. Together with theatre-maker Kornél Mundruczó, she welcomes us into a family home inhabited by an exceptional group of Polish actors who perform this text with naturalistic precision. The Hungarian artists use their fi lm expertise to create a two-part show. The live film in the first part is contrasted with a second part which, despite the classical theatrical narrative and greater physical distance, gets uncomfortably close. Pieces of a Woman resonates most relevantly with contemporary Polish and Hungarian society. It is a liberation story: an emancipation from the imposed norms on how to process a traumatic experience; a gradual liberation from compulsory and predefined women’s roles. Little by little we explore Maja’s story and that of her mother’s house, where the story is set. Together they discover freedom.

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-Théâtre Varia

Direction: Kornél Mundruczó
Text and adaptation: Kata Wéber
Assistant playwright: Soma Boronkay
Set design and costumes: Monika Pormale
Music: Asher Goldschmidt
Lighting director: Paulina Góral
Assistant director: Karolina Gębska
Stage manager: Katarzyna Gawryś-Rodriguez
Cameraman: Łukasz Jara
boom operator: Łukasz Winkowski
Simultaneous and written translation: Dr Patrycja Paszt
Text translation: Jolanta Jarmołowicz
Set designer assistant, production manager: Karolina Pająk
Costume designer assistant: Małgorzata Nowakowska
Cast: Dobromir Dymecki, Magdalena Kuta, Sebastian Pawlak, Joanna Połeć, Marta Ścisłowicz, Justyna Wasilewska, Agnieszka Żulewska

Production: TR Warszawa
Perfomances in Brussels in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and The
Polish Institute-Cultural Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Brussels

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Kornél Mundruczó
Kornél Mundruczó is a Hungarian theatre and film director, actor. Hz studied film-making at the Hungarian Film Institute. Between 1998 and 2016 he has made 16 short and feature films. He was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno for his Pleasant Days (2002), FIPRESCI- Preis in Cannes for Delta (2008) and was nominated to Golden Palm awards for Tender Son. The Frankenstein Project. After freelancing with more or less the same group of people for several years, in 2009 he founded his independent theatre company, Proton Theatre together with Dóra Büki. His most famous productions include the stage adaptation of W. Sorokin’s Ice, J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, Hard to be a God, based on his own script and The Imitation of Life, based on the text by Kata Wéber. Pieces of a Woman is his second performance based on the text of the same author, who collaborated with him as well for movies.  Mostly he stages his theatre adaptations in Hungarian, German and Austrian theaters. The production of White God, another of his full-length films, won the Prize Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was screened in the Spotlight section of Sundance Film Festival in 2015. His 3rd film Jupiter’s Moon was as well in the official selection for the Cannes Film Festival. For directing Pieces of a Woman Mundruczó received Swinarski Award – the most important accolade given to the theatre directors in Poland, while the performance itself received Grand Prix for the best performance at 12th International Theatre Festival Divine Comedy in Cracow. Actors playing in Pieces of a Woman received several accolades for their roles in the performance. Currently, Kornel Mundruczó is working on the movie „Pieces of a Woman” based on the scenario of Kata Wéber.

Kata Wéber 
Upon graduating from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Kata Wéber began her career working in theatre, eventually becoming a scriptwriter and playwright. Her theatre pieces have been produced in Poland (The Bat, Pieces of a Woman, TR Warszawa ), Germany (My Sweet Haiti, Schauspiel Hannover), Switzerland (Hotel Lucky Hole, Schauspielhaus Zurich) and Hungary (Dementia, Imitation of LifeEvolution, Proton Theatre) receiving various awards along the way. 

During these years, she began working for Proton Cinema and started collaborating with director Kornél Mundruczó.

Their first film together, White God, won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes in 2014 and had its North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. Her next original feature, Jupiter’s Moon, premiered in competition at Cannes in 2017.  She received her DLA degree summa cum laude from The University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest in 2018.

Her first opera libretto, Journey of Hope - based on the Oscar-winning film by Xavier Koller - is being presented in Grand Theatre Geneva this year.  Her first English screenplay for Pieces of a Woman  is currently filming produced by Bron Studios, the movie directed by Kornél Mundruczó.

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