The piece includes excerpts from Camille Claudel’s letters in Marie Magneron’s translation and Zuzanna Ginczanka’s poems.
I dedicate this performance to my Sister [Kamila Klamut]
Mariana Sadowska is a Ukrainian singer and actress currently living in Cologne, Germany. In her work she draws on Ukraine’s rich musical tradition. She mainly works with Ukrainian folk songs, and the essence of her performance work is what happens at the intersection of the songs and her non-folk contemporary artistic imagination backed up with extraordinary vocal skills. Hailed by critics as the Ukrainian Björk, she spent ten years in Poland, working for the Centre for Theatre Practices “Gardzienice”. A few years ago she embarked on a solo career, and has given solo concerts around the world. In 2013 she received the RUTH award, the most prestigious German world music prize, and made her debut as a composer with the requiem Chernobyl: The Harvest, which she performed with the Kronos Quartet at the Kiev National Theatre and at the Lincoln Center in New York.
Camille Claudel, sculptor, Paul Claudel’s sister, Rodin’s partner of 10 years. She died 70 years ago after spending the last 30 years of her life in a mental asylum. When I think of her, I think of some facts from her life and wonder how to name them, how to filter them through my sensibility. A long-unseen friend arrives, setting off a cascade of memories… [Kamila Klamut]