Dance and movement performance by Teatr A Part and Amareya Theatre
Four is a sequence of stage compositions for four naked female performers, movement, space, sound and light. The performance was co-produced by two Polish independent theater companies: A Part from Katowice and Amareya from Gdańsk, under the direction of A Part leader Marcin Herich.
Four performers, four women, four people, four bodies.
In Japan and Korea, the word ‘four’ and the word ‘death’ are homophonous.
In European culture, ‘four’ is the number of the human being, it symbolizes matter and temporal order.
The four cardinal points, four seasons and four elements.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
There are four insatiable things: the abyss, the woman’s womb, earth and fire.
Teatr A Part is an independent theatre company founded and led by director Marcin Herich. The group creates devised theatre work, site-specific theatre and open-air shows. A Part Theatre is a theatre of the body and movement, of form and visual narrative. Their productions have been seen in 28 countries on five continents.
Teatr A Part is the producer and organiser of the A Part International Festival of Performing Arts held in Katowice since 1994 (previously called the A Part International Theatre Festival), which has completed 26 years. In 2016, the Theatre launched A Part Theatre’s year-long Actor Studio course, which has been completed twice. In 2018, the company won the Golden Mask Award of Silesian journalists that recognises overall achievement.
Amareya Theatre is an independent physical theatre founded in 2003 in Gdańsk. The theatre has three core members, Katarzyna Pastuszak, Natalia Chylińska and Aleksandra Śliwińska, and has been known as Amareya Theatre & Guests since 2012. The artists have created almost thirty performance pieces and projects centered around the body as a vehicle of physical expression and meaning. The collective also explores social themes and the place of women in the contemporary world. The Amareya Theatre’s artistic projects span multiple performing arts genres, including the Japanese butō dance, experimental conceptual dance, post-dramatic theatre and performance art. The theatre’s work is regularly invited to Polish and international festivals. The group members maintain links with Japanese artists and academics, which has spawned several joint projects.