CRUMBS. Performance/art installation


I live, I experience, I become, I am – I express myself through action, movement – that’s why I have created ‘a meeting place’ – an intimate theatre, performance, installation. I brought ‘Crumbs’ to life under these circumstances. The idea for ‘Crumbs’ was born in 2019, after I attended a meeting with women who had been taken into custody in Katowice, where I performed my first original, solo project ‘V’.

This experience resonated with me deeply and has remained alive for a long time. Therefore, I decided to ‘walk it’ through myself one more time: this time, in silence and with the emotions I experienced during October protests in Poland – Women’s Strike. However, I did not stop there. My inner voice reminded me of a woman under custody, who was the first one to name the solo project ‘V’: crumbs of life. How is it possible that while being in such a difficult moment in her life, SHE noticed the strength that I was only weakly calling during my performance but staying silent and perplexed when walking the streets.

That impulse was the cause of this project. I dressed the performance in a white dress, red shoes, items related to intimate memories of my loved ones who passed, and on the other hand items related to the birth of the person closest to me, my daughter Amelia. Everything is surrounded by a circle of made soil, a symbol of harmony, protection against forces that shouldn’t have access to it, but also abundance, completeness and time that passes but also comes full circle. While working, I asked my loved ones, friends, colleagues: ‘What is life for you? Answer me in one word, one idea’. Thanks to those answers, I built installations (14 objects) that have become our common interpretation of ‘life’ and its countless sides and I thank everyone for this!

While bringing CRUMBS, I would like to speak the language of our bodies and emotions, on surface of which we will see: fleeting moments,  puffs of love dust, endless self-immolation, surprise, evolution, suffering, relationships, ‘mild agony’, or maybe rather most importantly, Fight, which I want to talk about as loudly as possible.

That’s HER. She remains locked behind the wire of prison walls, or houses where doors and windows remain shut, where the alive ones become dead, even though they haven’t died yet. She went out on the streets in the Fall, holding banners saying ‘Freedom’ and you cannot stop her, turn her back.

It’s HER who screamed and still is screaming through the mouths of women, men and children, when I was unable to open my mouth and when I was walking with my trembling, sometimes even paralyzed body, yet ready to fight along with other people walking next to me.

I have always wanted to face the idea of unmediated, direct action that is caused by something penetrated ‘intravenously’, like an injection or a sting.

In my stage work, I have always thought and taken action as HER.

Now SHE, a daughter, a sister, a lover, a mother, is a body, a temple. She is invincible, one of a kind and she is ‘for’ until the end of the world.

The first CRUMBS performance was combined with Artur Turek’s photo exhibition from the ‘V’ show and it was, in a sense, connected to it. While it was not a direct mapping of the performance, it was also more than just a photo report. It has become a new interpretation of that performance, once again exploring the subjects of loneliness, looking for meaning, strength of life as a fight.  The solo project ‘V’ and ‘Crumbs’ came into being as diptychs and that’s how I tend to think about them. The second project would have never happened without the first one, even though I am keeping a black canvas for my future actions.

Since the premiere, CRUMBS has been in a constant process of changing. After the rehearsal period in the A Part theatre, its final shape has come to life during off.[REC.] in a facility in Brzezinka and Na Grobli Studio in Wroclaw, named after Jerzy Grotowski, which I’m eternally thankful for.

Monika Wachowicz

Idea, realization and installment: Monika Wachowicz
Cooperation: Jarek Fret
Music: Frédéric Chopin, Ballade g-moll op. 23, an excerpt from a song by Murcof, arranged by Mirosław Matyasik, and white hum – sounds from inside the uterus.

Text editing: Marcin ‘Cozer’ Markiewicz

Duration: About 45 minutes

+18 years old

Installation is suitable for people having visual or hearing impairment.

Photo exhibition: Artur Turek, based on solo project ‘V’ directed by Monika Wachowicz

Exhibition curator: Kamil Myszkowski

The project was implemented within the cultural scholarship granted by Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship.

Video recording: November 21 2020

Premiere: March 12 2020, Korez Theatre gallery in Katowice

Previous presentations of the performance:

*Professional video documentation under ‘[off.] REC run by Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw. May 24 – May 27, 2021.
NA GROBLI STUDIO – headquarters of Grotowski Institute in Wrocław
*27. International Performing Arts Festival A Part in Katowice. Centre of Culture, Katowice, June 18 2021.
* Exchange of works session in the forest base of the Grotowski Institute in Brzezinka (closed show). July 22, 2021.
*VII Festival of Independent Theaters ANDROMEDON in Tychy. September 12,2021