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Picture: Kobas Laksa
Jeden gest / Eine Geste by Nowy Teatr / Wojtek Ziemilski
Picture: Kobas Laksa
Picture: Kobas Laksa
Jeden gest / Eine Geste by Nowy Teatr / Wojtek Ziemilski
Picture: Kobas Laksa
Picture: Kobas Laksa
Jeden gest / Eine Geste by Nowy Teatr / Wojtek Ziemilski
Picture: Kobas Laksa
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Nowy Teatr / Wojtek Ziemilski

Jeden gest / One Gesture

Part of "NO LIMITS - International Theatre Festival Berlin"

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.“ With this sentence in the back of his head director and artist Wojtek Ziemilski started working on a piece for four performers with hearing impairments. And he realised how true this sentence actually is. His own language appeared to him increasingly inadequate. When people talk to each other in sign language, they look into the other’s eyes and not at their hands. Their language is more than a sequence of mechanical hand signs – they speak with their entire body. Consequently sign language became the perfect dramatic medium for Ziemilski, as a sort of performance quite similar to dance.

In “Jeden gest“ four women and men tell their personal stories. They convey how their hearing impairment affects their lives and how they deal with their situation. All of them found it difficult in their childhood to adapt to the world of those who could hear and who perceived not hearing only as a deficit. They had to learn lip reading. Sign language was strictly prohibited. Only in secret the children talked to each other in sign language. Sign language for them means freedom. But “Jeden gest“ is more than just an interesting lesson about the reality of a minority. This performance takes the audience on a journey of a fascinating, unknown world of language. A world in which communication is an event of gesture, facial expressions, rhythm and movement – something that has to be seen to be understood. www.nowyteatr.org

After the performance on 9 November: Opening reception of the festival in the foyer of HAU1.
Current Performances
Thu 09.11.2017, 20:00 / HAU1
Fri 10.11.2017, 19:00 / HAU1
Polish and polish sign language with German and English surtitles
Director
Wojtek Ziemilski
Set design & associate director
Wojciech Pustoła
Light design
Artur Sienicki
Music
Aleksander Żurowski
Costumes
Krystian Jarnuszkiewicz
With
Marta Abramczyk, Jolanta Sadłowska, Paweł Sosiński, Adam Stoyanov
Consultations
Katarzyna Głozak
Stage management
Marta Śmierzchalska
Assistant director
Joanna Niemirska
Translation
Katarzyna Głozak, Agnieszka Misiewicz, Anna Borycka, Małgorzata Wasilewska
Technical direction
Bartek Braun
Light
Patryk Adamski
Video
Marek Kurpios
Sound
Wojciech Starowicz
Production management
Maria Wilska
Production assistance
Marta Kielar
Production: Nowy Teatr Warsaw.