Teatr ZAR: The Gospels of Childhood Triptych
Mar 29 – Apr 1, 2012, 12 am–11:59 pm
“Polish troupe Teatr ZAR finds beauty in abstract ritual.”
— Mark Swed, LA Times
Poland’s Teatr ZAR uses song, chanting, and movement in this ritualistic work of theater and music that examines birth, death, pleasure, and pain. The performance is staged in three different installations: the first and third take place in the MCA Theater, with the audience on stage; and the second takes place in the MCA second-floor atrium.
Inspired by ancient sacred music from the Caucasus and based on texts from the little-known apocryphal gospels and a poem by Polish Romantic poet Juliusz Slowacki, Poland’s Teatr ZAR uses song, chanting, and movement in this ritualistic work of theater and music.
Teatr ZAR is the resident company at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland, and The Gospels of Childhood Triptych is a seminal work that builds on the nearly half century of teaching and exploration conducted by Jerzy Grotowski. The work is the culmination of artistic director Jaroslaw Fret and the company’s more than ten years of investigative research.
Presented by MCA Stage in association with Goodman Theatre.
Running time: 180 minutes, with two intermissions
No late seating.
Recommended for mature audiences.
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Support for this project is generously provided by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.