Teatr Łaźnia Nowa
Agon is a choreographic monodrama.
[Greek. Agṓn‘conflict’, ‘fight’] – term used by the ancient Greeks for a situation in which sides dis– puted in order to show their superiority over the opponent, or, alternatively, the superiority of their arguments. The term was also used for a type of festival in honour of a god or a hero.
Dominka Knapik returns onto the stage as a performer to talk about jobs “for a lifetime”: that of an artist and of a mother. At the same time she stands and fights with her own biography of a workaholic choreographer who struggles with the eternal sense of guilt a busy mother feels in relation to her child. Her companion in this fight is an acute observer: Pytia the choreotherapist. Both artists work with highly personal material, which is detonated by the self-mocking form of a mockdocumentary (“fake documentary”). It results in distanced, embedded narrative which mirrors the performativity of representation: thanks to it the audience can move ahead into the artist’s future while at the same time going back in her biography. The effect is a critical, but humorous study of the sense of having an (artistic) career and combining it with moterhood.
Polish mother dancing, brave and constantly blaming herself for not giving her son enough time. A brilliant performance by Dominika Knapik, full of emotion, motherly warmth and a woman’s struggle with herself.
Director and choreographer, performance: Dominika Knapik
Text and dramaturgy: Patrycja Kowańska
Space, lighting design, video: Wolfgang Macher
Sound design: Justyna Stasiowska
Costumes, objects: Natalia Mleczak
Stage manager: Monika Weis
Production: Teatr Łaźnia Nowa w Krakowie
Cooperation: Schauspielhaus Bochum
Photos: Klaudyna Schubert
Graphic: Victor Soma