Ragnarok in Norse mythology means „the twilight of the gods”, or simply the end of the old world and the beginning of a new one. However, the title of our performance is the only direct reference that connects it with the mythology. We felt that it might give another layer of interpretation for the audience, but at the same time we liked the fact that this term is so blunt with its meaning.
The performance is about a new world. And here we wanted to dive into the problematics of humanity. Relations between people, connection with oneself, and representation of a society, but without certain roles or hierarchy.
We are working with the concept of liminality, which is focused on the „in-between” place, that occurs in the central phase of the rite of passage. The place, where the participants are no longer their old selves, but are not yet anything new. It is the ambiguous place of passing by. And we wanted the whole performance to be that place. A kind of distorted situation, a bit out of order or with some kind of tension and uncomfortable feeling.
Through the whole performance each actress and actor has hers and his own story and path, and through some crossings the relations are happening. We were trying to underline this loneliness, even if there are some connections happening. It is more about finding this specific performative state of carefully listening to myself - and through this tender and vigilant listening - to truly hearing the others.
CHOREA Theatre’s performance in collaboration with Carte Blanche – The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance.
Premiere date: 19.08.2022
Venue: Fabryka Sztuki w Łodzi
direction and choreography: Adrian Bartczak
cast: Joanna Chmielecka, Majka Caban, Małgorzata Lipczyńska, Anna Maszewska, Elina Toneva, Janusz Adam Biedrzycki, Michał Jóźwik, Tomasz Rodowicz
music: Tomasz Krzyżanowski
Adrian Bartczak– mover, teacher, choreographer. His education comes from various workshops and coachings. He learned from Krzyszfor Skolimowski, Witold Jurewicz, Ray Chung, Christophe Jeannot, Jozef Frucek. He has worked as a freelancer since 2008. During this time he collaborated with Michał Ratajski, Tomasz Rodowicz, Rob Hayden, Sarah Shelton Mann, Rosana Gamson, Minako Seki, Roberto Olivan, Jacek Owczarek. From 2011 teacher and choreographer in polish dance collective KIJO. Also cooperated with Chorea Theater since 2012. From August 2016 working as a dancer in Carte Blanche, The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance.
Pre-premiere of "Ragnarok" took place on 19 August 2022. The second showing took place on 23 August 2022 and 22 April 2023 performance was shown in Bergen.