The Ghost Dance was a ritual which was a response to the great crisis of Indian civilization in North America in the late nineteenth century, after Western civilization took over the life of Indians. The dance was done in the hopes of ushering in a great change, which was to be the end of the present world and beginning of a better one. In a time of hopelessness they danced believing it would change their fate. The dance was effectively prohibited and is associated with the shameful extermination of the population and the extinction of one of the cradles of civilization. It was one of many cries of despair to the spreading wave of the cruelty of capitalism. The performance is a symbolic evocation of this ritual in the defense of dying values. It is our act of hope at a time when the next turn of the wheel of history seems to be unstoppable. Each generation is required to sacrifice and carry the banners of their values, which beat in the revolutionary hearts of naive idealists. For many years, the revolution in the mind of the opposition has been the guardian and manifesto in defense of minorities. We are a part of the minority who must raise their voices in defense of themselves. “Ghost Dance” is an action combining music and theater. The show is an original piece by the Brama ensemble, inspired by the work of Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, folk art of dying civilizations and anti-capitalist manifestos.
Cast: Evanthi Athanasiadi, Jenny Crissey, Aleksandra Ślusarczyk, Weronika Więzowska, Patryk Bednarski, Maciej Ratajczyk, Wojciech Rosiński, Oliwier Szałagan
Director: Daniel Jacewicz
Premiere: March 2017
Original cast: Jenny Crissey, Kimberling Longueira, Anastasiia Miedviedieva, Lesja Szulc, Aleksandra Ślusarczyk, Patryk Bednarski, Oleh Nesterov, Wojciech Rosiński, Jakub Szambelan, Piotr Śnieguła
Guest performers: Adela Bertolo, Claudia Roick, Olivier Jost
Zdjęcia: Z. Orłowski