Concert „Little Thunder. St. Catherine of Siena” (International project)
Creators: Warsaw Stage Society
Direction: Julianna Bloodgood
Texts: Julianna Bloodgood, Danielle Blackbird
Music: Katarzyna Szwed
Music direction: Lilianna Krych
Choreography: Julianna Bloodgood
Costumes: Agnieszka Katyńska
Assistant Directors: Isabel Santos, Mariana Guerra
Project manager: Radosław Wójcik
Cast: Julianna Bloodgood, Lilianna Krych, Olga Kunicka, Rhianna Compton, Paulina Krupa, Nenè Barini, Saraï O'gara, Ditte Berkley, Rafał Habel
Date: 27.08.2022 / Saturday
Time: 8 pm
Place: Glass hall, Art_Inkubator in Art Factory in Lodz
Admission: free-entrance passes booking is required
Duration: 60 minutes
Viewers' age: 15+
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONCERT:
Saint Catherine of Siena was a mystic who did not take into account the usual norms. She claimed that what she knew about God, she knew directly from Him. The work of Katarzyna Szwed and Julianna Bloodgood is an attempt to reach the essence of the mystical experience of St. Catherine of Siena, as well as a new look at her history and the message of her words.
The authors give voice to St. Catherine, whose words, according to them, do not function enough in the wide circulation, like many other women mystics. It is an attempt to reconstruct the lost lineage of women - Christian mystics. The words of St. Catherine are contrasted with the words of, among others, St. Hildegard of Bingen, as well as fragments of the manuscript of Naj Hammadi.
Referring to the music of the late Middle Ages, the work uses ancient instruments, including those that are a symbol of St. Catherine - bells and hoop drums.
„Little Thunder. Saint Catherine of Siena” is a theatrical concert by actress Julianna Bloodgood and composer Katarzyna Szwed. It is the result of field research carried out in Siena, Italy, the aim of which was to reach authentic sources of knowledge about the context of the life of Saint Catherine.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
An international group of musicians-actors led by Julianna Bloodgood. Most of the performers have performed in Poland many times and formed part of the ensemble of Song of the Goat Theatre in Wrocław. Most of them can be described as promoters and continuators of the tradition of Jerzy Grotowski's theatre.
Producer: Warsaw Stage Society. The piece "Little Thunder. Saint Catherine of Siena" is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Composing Commissions" program implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance. Partner: PZU Foundation.