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The war rituals of violence against women never change. Using the reports of Ukrainian, Belarusian and Polish mothers and children who have fled war and persecution, Polish director and founder of the Political Voice Institute, Marta Górnicka, has created a choral theater piece.

She collaborated with a group of Ukrainian, Polish and Belarussian women of different generations to correlate their experiences of the present to the traditional Ukrainian ritual song shchedrivka / Щедрівка. In Mothers – A Song for the Wartime, they look for a new, post-opera, ritual choral voice, which refers to seventh-century BC female choruses.

Their song becomes an accusation, a call, a plea, a warning that unites Ukrainian children’s games, traditional songs, spells, poems, wishes, and political statements, in the hope that what is sung may soon come true. These melodic wishes are now being addressed to all people, for a new, hopeful time, for a time we would like to see last a lifetime.

In Polish, Ukrainian, Belarusian with English surtitles

With Katerina Aleinikova, Svitlana Berestovska, Sasha Cherkas, Palina Dabravoĺskaja, Katarzyna Jaźnicka, Ewa Konstanciak, Liza Kozlova, Anastasiia Kulinich, Natalia Mazur, Kamila Michalska, Hanna Mykhailova, Darya Novik, Valeriia Obodianska, Svitlana Onischak, Yuliia Ridna, Maria Robaszkiewicz, Polina Shkliar, Aleksandra Sroka, Kateryna Taran, Bohdana Zazhytska, Elena Zui-Voitekhovskaya

Chorus of Woman Stiftung: Marta Kuźmiak, Iwa Ostrowska, Katarzyna Koślacz

Premiere 29/September 2023 Teatr Powszechny Warschau

A contingent of tickets is available for the world premiere in Warsaw. Reservations at 

Funded by the Allianz Foundation

Part of 6. Berliner Herbstsalon 2023 LOST – YOU GO SLAVIA 

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Participating artists
Evelin Facchini
Joanna Załęska
Michał Jankowski