Marta Górnicka has just been awarded the Polityka's Passport in the category of Theatre for “the contemporary concept of the ancient chorus as a vehicle of artistic and social change. For the productions – directed outside Poland as well – in which people of different genders, professions and views stand on one stage”. The Passports are among the most important and the most prestigious awards granted since 1993 by the independent weekly Polityka for special merits for the Polish culture. Polityka's Passport for 2018 was awarded in seven main categories: film, theater, literature, visual arts, classical music, popular music and digital culture.
Furthermore Marta Górnicka's production GRUNDGESETZ was chosen among the top 10 best productions of the Nachtkritik Theatertreffen 2019.
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Stage director, graduate of the Faculty of Drama Directing at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw, studied also at educational institutions including the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Marta Górnicka is the creator and conductor of a chorus theatre company: a contemporary version of the ancient chorus which, according to the author's definition, „combines the strength of a collective voice/body, fundamental for the western scene, with contemporary criticism of language as a tool of power”. Her choral productions, using a variety of vocal techniques, created with the participation of amateur performers along with choreographers, playwright Agata Adamiecka and musicians, have a strongly political character and address burning issues. In her first play, “THE CHORUS SPEAKING” from 2010 (Theatre Institute in Warsaw), 28 women of different ages and professions were dealing with visions shaping femininity, from ancient to contemporary times, from feminist theories to cooking recipes. The production was followed by “MAGNIFICAT” about women and the Church and “REQUIEMACHINE” about work. Górnicka's chorus works quickly went beyond the borders of Poland, to begin touring around festivals and venues, winning awards, and making their author work abroad more and more often. Choruses about nationalism and the growing hatred towards “strangers” were created in Tel Aviv, in Braunschweig, Germany (nominated for the prestigious DER FAUST award) and at the Polski Theatre in Poznań (“HYMN TO LOVE” which is just travelling around Europe). In the “CONSTITUTION FOR THE CHORUS OF POLES” organized since May 2016, the fundamental legal act was read by a collective including actors of the Warsaw Nowy Theatre, refugees, artists with Down syndrome and Legia Warszawa football club fans. Recently, on the occasion of the celebration of German unity in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, Marta Górnicka staged a choral reading of the German constitution; “GRUNDGESETZ” was a project of the multi-ethnic Maxim Gorki Theater, in the backdrop there was a question of the future of German multiculturalism and openness in times of extreme right gaining power and general fatigue setting in. “For developing her own language of the chorus theatre, which works out at any longitude” – this is how Witold Mrozek justified his nomination for Marta Górnicka. Michał Centkowski added: “For reinventing the ancient chorus for contemporary European theatre.”