Gosia Wdowik / Nowy Teatr
She was a friend of someone else
This production was made in a country where women have limited access to reproductive health, and where abortion is now illegal. Despite immense protests, women were simply denied their rights. The project started with the idea that women could come together and, without shame or fear, publicly manifest that they have had an abortion, and that this collective act would change the law. It could be an activist success story. But She was a friend of someone else is a story with too many beginnings, too few endings – and an exhausted narrator. — Nowy Teatr
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Author's bio text
Gosia Wdowik (1988) is a theater maker and active member of GILDIA (Union of Polish Theater Makers). Her heart is based in Poland but her imagination is always somewhere else. During her master’s studies at Das Theater (2020-2022), she worked with the topic of burnout and explored the space between exhaustion and agency by implementing methods from activism into her artistic practice. Her main question was: How to create both theatre and change from a place of exhaustion? In her recent performance Shame she explored social shame connected with working-class origins in her own family over three generations of women. Past works include If you lived here with Tamara Antonijevic, Transit Monumental together with K.A.U. kollective, Fiasko and Return of Goddess. With Girls and Football players she tackles the topic of bodily emancipation.
- Concept, text, direction
Jasmina Polak, Oneka von Schrader, Gosia Wdowik
Technology and visuals
Dominika Olszowy, Tomasz Mróz
NOWY TEATR TEAM, CAMPO Gent
The concept and realization of the theatrical reconstruction of the collective abortion coming-out
TERAZ POLIZ (Marta Jalowska, Dorota Glac, Kamila Worobiej), Martyna Wawrzyniak, Gosia Wdowik
Agnieszka, Dominika, Jasmina, Ania, Urszula, Marta K., Justyna, Natalia, Julia,Martyna, Ola, Matga, Krystyna, Marta, Zosia, Edka, Doris, Yulia, Agata, Kinga, Beata, Iza, Zuza, Ewa, Magda
Teatro Municipal do Porto, KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS, SPRING Festival Utrecht, Frascati Producties, HELLERAU - European Centre for the Arts, Spielart Festival Munich, Dublin Theatre Festival, Beursschouwburg, Points communs - Nouvelle Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise / Val d'Oise.
She was a friend of someone else was created as part of a research project based on the collective TERAZ POLIZ (Marta Jalowska, Dorota Glac, Kamila Worobiej), Martyna Wawrzyniak, and Gosia Wdowik's "Powiedz i zobacze co sie stanie" (Tell Me, and I'll See What Happens), premiering on December 21, 2021.