A Narrative for Limerick: Nameless. Justyna Cwojdzińska, founder and director of Polish Arts Festival.
A Narrative for Limerick: Nameless
A Narrative 4 Limerick is back with its first event of Autumn, this time hosted by Justyna Cwojdzinka and with the theme “Nameless”. These free, fun and welcoming events invite you to come and share a story, or just sit back and enjoy with a cup of tea. Story-tellers can share any kind of story, as long as it is from their life, and for this event, we welcome stories in English, Polish or any language you feel most comfortable in.
Narrative 4 Ireland fosters empathy by shattering stereotypes and breaking down barriers through the exchange of stories. From its centre at 58 O’ Connell Street Limerick, Narrative 4 equips educators, students in all age groups, and other community advocates with the tools and training they need to bring story exchanges to their communities. Key target beneficiaries include schools, DEIS schools, young people in and out of formal education, educators and adults in community groups. The workshops are to designed to foster empathy and instil lifelong community building skills such as active listening, critical thinking, storytelling and creativity.
Justyna Cwojdzinka, Artistic Director of Polish Arts Festival (PAF) since 2007, theatrical animator & performer. A native of Poland, she has made Limerick her home for the past 13 years. Justyna works closely with the Polish Embassy in Dublin and is a very active advocate of social inclusion and promotion of indigenous arts. In 2016 Justyna received an award for the work of PAF from the Polish Government, Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation TERAZ POLSKA under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland. Her recent production Nameless is a statement about the possibility of crossing the boundaries of understanding and comprehending the essence of participating in the ritual of life. The power of Shakespeare’s word is interrupted by a simple and painful commandment to adapt to the conditions here and now. Despite the efforts, the spell disappears and helplessness remains.
When asked what the Nameless project is about Justyna said, “Nameless is, in turn, a statement about our ability to cross the boundaries of participation in the ritual of life. In it appear women figures from Shakespeare’s plays. The protagonist tries to understand how a small border divides us between what is “here” and what is “there.”
The play tells the story of a woman locked in a psychiatric institution (it can be any other space – work, home, family, school, own mind). Subjected to the commands of submission to the imposed rules, he rebels tries to find a way to escape. Only when entering the characters of Shakespeare, he can go through the journey of life once again, but without any limitations. He starts with the naive Julia, through the betrayed Desdemona, the mad Ophelia, and ends with the dance ritual of the queen of the Elves of Titania. The performance ends in an open manner, however, through him the impossibility of escaping, freeing himself from the structures that absorb us …”
A Narrative for Limerick: Nameless is hosted by Narrative 4 Ireland and the Polish Arts Festival. It will take place on the 2nd October 2018 at Narrative 4, 58 O’Connell Street, Limerick.
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