Maria Magdalena Kozlowska / The Netherlands


July 921.30
July 1020.00

Is opera political? Can it start a revolution? After all, voices are powerful tools, so shouldn’t they be raised in the name of something? COMMUNE is a gang of classical musicians coming together to celebrate feminine power through music. High-pitched voices and wind instruments become playful weapons against opportunism and binary oppositions. The ghost of a communist grandma appears to boost the enthusiasm: her virtuosic arias become a lesson in activism. The performers outline a joint action plan to face a hypothetical upcoming catastrophe. COMMUNE is an eclectic, fast-paced, critical and ironic work that tackles urgent issues with humour. Inspired by the women’s strike in Poland, Pussy Riot and hydro-feminism, it proposes new politics within the context of baroque and contemporary opera. Rosa Luxemburg meets Generation Z in a colourful and eccentric garden for a group therapy session where classical music becomes the shared language of dissent. COMMUNE speculates that real change starts with a shift in our collective subconsciousness. Opera to the people!

Maria Magdalena Kozłowska studied philosophy in Warsaw and began her artistic career in Poland. In 2020, she graduated from DAS Theatre at the Amsterdam Academy of Theatre and Dance. She has presented her work at various European venues and art institutions, including KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw), the Venice Biennale, Come Together (Amsterdam), Belluard Bollwerk Festival (Frijburg), Gessnerallee (Zürich), and the European Cultural Foundation Princess Margriet Award for Culture (Amsterdam). Kozłowska brought the “elitist” art form of opera to public spaces with the floating performance Opera to the People (2021) on the canals of Amsterdam and other bodies of water – in Zürich, Berlin and Nowogród. For European Songs (2019), she developed a new European language as a starting point for a utopian communication strategy. She has been working with Frascati Productions since 2021.

  • Teatro Amintore Galli - Rimini
    piazza Cavour, 22 (Rimini)

Duration: 60 minutes.
Language: English with Italian subtitles.

Ideazione e regia Maria Magdalena Kozłowska / performance Teresa Costa, Maria Magdalena Kozłowska, Beatrice Miniaci, Maayan Licht, Aleksandra Wtorek, Béatrice Picard / musica Teresa Costa, Maria Magdalena Kozłowska, Beatrice Miniaci / costumi e allestimento Jan Tomza-Osiecki / luci Julian Maiwald / libretto Aldona Kopkiewicz, Maria Magdalena Kozłowska / drammaturgia Aldona Kopkiewicz / assistenza drammaturgica Tobias Kokkelmans / produzione Frascati Producties / traduzione italiana a cura di Ilaria Patano.

Spettacolo sostenuto da Performing Arts Fund NL.

Spettacolo presentato in collaborazione con il Comune di Rimini.

© Anna van Kooij