Giants - subject area:
The story of the performance is the quotation from the Book of Genesis:
When men began to multiply on earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took for their wives as many of them as they chose. Then the Lord said: "My spirit shall not remain in man forever, since he is but flesh. His days shall comprise one hundred and twenty years." At that time the Nephilim appeared on earth (as well as later), after the sons of heaven had intercourse with the daughters of man, who bore them sons. They were the heroes of old, the men of renown. (Genesis 6: 1-4)
Countless interpretations of this intriguing passus, taken up in exegesis in Judaic as well as Christian source, were created. Moreover, tradition of Giants is archetypal - it exists in numerous versions in all other cultural rings, where giants are not only negatively presented.
The meaning of the story about giants has inspired the creators of the performance to ponder on "staying within the limits", as we were given these to express our freedom. An alluring paradox which seems somewhat eerie at the same time. There is also someone looking from the outside - an intriguing Stranger. And yet again, we feel confused - we are attracted by his "strangeness", but we are terrified because we find ourselves helpless trying to define it...
In our interpretation of the story, it turns out that "going beyond the limits" is never good. The sons of God, represented by Men in the performance, having come in unto the earthly women begot the Giants. It is them that we can see a dangerous act of "inflating" or bloating seen as degeneration and hypertrophy. Is it then possible at all to find ourselves once again within the cosy limits bringing back the natural order? This is an open question which the performers from Gliwice want to ask the audience who themselves become part of the spectacle.
Form of performance:
"Giants" is a grand spectacular performance that employs classical forms of artistic expression which are present in the tradition of open-air theatre (impressive scenography, fire shows, acrobatic techniques, choreographic structures, suggestive music, visual effects, light direction, multimedia projections, immense marionettes of the giants).
The actors playing the sons of God perform acrobatics. They enter the stage by abseiling from the nets suspended over it. A centrally located stage becomes the place where the earthly women live (we can see them smoothly changing their movements while dancing). We see the earthly women being seduced by the strange intruders over the audience's heads. The giants that were born of such"misalliance" are shown as huge animated marionettes - the demonstration of hypertrophy.
The entire performance is accompanied by singing. The songs performed by Katarzyna Groniec, an actress and vocalist, are used as commentary on the story. We can see her singing on three screens which are part of the planned scenery. The show is completed with a poetic rendition of the verses from the Book of Isaiah which emphasise the universal overtone that describes human condition in the story. Apart from the actors who perform at the Theatre "A" on a regular basis, you can also see the artists performing at renowned Polish theatres invited to take part in the spectacle.
Premiere of performance:
Poland, Gliwice, Chopin's Park 2012/28/07 - The 6th International Street Performers’ Festival „Ulicznicy” in Gliwice
Sylwia Kubacka – Werner, (Małgorzata Grund),
Katarzyna Groniec – songs performed with multimedia projections