He who never tasted bitterness will never taste sweetness in heaven.
Adam Mickiewicz Forefathers’ Eve, part II
Let absinth be more bitter than wormwood
Let love be homeless and mute
Let freedom continue to be imperilled
Truth – a distant and present land
Jacek Berezin ***
Bitterness comes in many shades. The author of the piece examines various areas in which we experience bitterness – sensory, existential, metaphysical. Bitterness lies hidden in the taste of rust, absinth ecstasy, or the bitter-sweet feeling of love. It can be found in the cleansing herb of wormwood, which breaks evil spells.
The experience of bitterness encapsulated in the literary and folk traditions – including the poetry of Mickiewicz and Berezin, and the folk rites of Forefathers’ Eve and Whitsun – is enlaced with the embodied experience of traditional “white” voice.
Produced in collaboration with the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the Choreographic Commissions 2017 programme.
Tłum. Józef Jaskulski © Instytut Muzyki i Tańca
27 May 2017 | Aula Artis | Poznań
concept, direction, choreography:
vocal consultation, traditional songs:
BRACIA / MACIEJ CHORĄŻY I AGNIESZKA KLEPACKA
URSZULA BERNAT-JAŁOCHA, JERZY KAŹMIERCZAK, KORNELIA LECH, PAWEŁ MALICKI, MICHAŁ PRZYBYŁA, KATARZYNA RZETELSKA, SANDRA SZATAN, DOMINIK WIĘCEK, EMILY WONG