Still Life. A Chorus for Animals, People and all other Lives


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In an era in which confines, walls and techniques of digital identification delude us into thinking that our lives are safer, Marta Górnicka reveals the pervasive mechanisms of exclusion and violence, and presents a choral manifesto founded on the reconstruction of connections between individuals through a policy of interdependence and care.

Piccolo Teatro Studio Melato

“How can one create a world of relationships that goes beyond relationships? How can we find air to breathe together, when breathing the same air has been forbidden?”. These are just some of the questions that guide the studies of Marta Górnicka, and which come together in Still Life, a choral manifesto for a re-invented society. In this manifesto/show, a Dionysian choir brutally presents the audience with a reflection on how to support and reconstruct connections in an era characterized by epidemic, digitalization, and mass-extinction. The choir speaks through the voices of contemporary philosophers—Donna Haraway, Roberto Esposito, Giorgio Agamben—inviting us to work towards the creation of a new form of community based on a policy of interdependence and care. These voices are intermingled with phrases from the pop and digital cultures, in a game that exposes the ideological workings of the power of language. The invitation to rebuild a common world thus arrives from a coming together of all beings, human and non-human, the living and the dead, animals, plants, bacteria, and viruses. The aggregating force will be the god of life in its totality, a digital Dionysus.

Duration: 70’

The Playbill

Still Life
A Chorus for Animals, People and all other Lives

by Marta Górnicka
with Sandra Bourdonnec, Lindy Larsson, Hila Meckier, Gian Mellone, David Myung, Vidina Popov, Sesede Terziyan, Rika Weniger
music Polina Lapkovskaja 
choreography Anna Godowska 
sets Robert Rumas 
costumes Sophia May 
sound Rafał Ryterski 
3D animation Luis August Krawen, Alexander Pannier 
dramaturgy Agata Adamiecka-Sitek, Clara Probst 
puppets Atelier Judith Mähler 
director’s assistant Dominika Homa 
stage director Berit Lass
Still Life. A Chorus for Animals, People and all other Lives is part of the Chorus of Women Berlin project funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the State of Berlin, Senate Department for Culture and Europe
with the kind support of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
in collaboration with


special thanks to Facoltà di Scienze linguistiche e Letterature straniere (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
A show in German and English with Italian and English surtitles



Category of performance Festival
Stalls full price € 40 | Discounted (under 26 and over 65) € 23
Balcony full price € 32 | Discounted (Under 26 and over 65) € 20

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