Thursday, 9.11., 20.00 h
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)
Friday, 10.11., 19.00 h
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)Buy ticket
Duration approx. 70 minutes
Polish and polish sign language with German and English overtitles.
After the performance on 9 November: Opening reception of the festival in the foyer of HAU1.
Tickets: EUR 15, 12 / EUR 10 concessions
"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 each 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 has become 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 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 in order to be understood.
Director Wojtek Ziemilski With Marta Abramczyk, Jolanta Sadłowska, Paweł Sosiński, Adam Stoyanov Music Aleksander Żurowski Stage Design & Assistant Director Wojciech Pustoła Costumes Krystian Jarnuszkiewicz Lighting Design Artur Sienicki Advisor Katarzyna Glozak Overtitles Dorota Krzywicky, Dòra Kapusta, Artur Zapalowski, Maria Wilska Support The ministry for culture and national cultural heritage