The play, developed by playwright Magdalena Fertacz, is based on interviews with widows of Vrindavan city, conducted during workshops in an ashram run by the non-governmental organisation Maitri. The authors of the performance wanted to show the individual life stories of the widows, their everyday life, their love, death and God, whom they consider their salvation. They wanted the women to speak with their own voice – the voice that nobody wants to hear.
The city of Vrindavan is a place of worship, where – as it is said – Krishna spent his childhood years. Is also known as the 'city of widows', because it is home and a pilgrimage destination for women from all over India who lost their husbands and thus became destitute. One of the organisations helping them is Maitri, a New Delhi-based humanitarian NGO, who is also a partner of the project.
The play There Is No Fear is the second part of a three-part project Kobiety wykluczone (editor's translation: Women Marginalised). The first part entitled Nikt nie byłby mną lepiej. Koncert (editor's translation: No One Would Be A Better Me Than Myself. The Concert) touched on the situation of women serving sentences in prison. In the third and final part director Łukasz Chotkowski together with photographer Magda Hueckel and filmmaker Tomasz Śliwiński will give voice to women who have been raped during contemporary wars in Africa.
There Is No Fear
Based on oral accounts of: Pushpa Kal, Sumitra Dasi, Renuwala Dasi, Mala Paswan, Renu Dasi, Vrinda Dasi, Kamala Barman, Sanitri Sakkar, Basana Karmakar, Lolita Mandal, Promila Dasi, Madhu Mala Dasi, Kulu Biswas, Mari Dasi, Pushpa Kar, Minati Dasi, Alaka Dasi, Kalpana Dasi, Sipra Chakzabopty
Director: Łukasz Chotkowski
Artistic consultant: Manish Mitra
Playwright: Magda Fertacz
Cast: Karolina Adamczyk, Aleksandra Bożek, Sima Ghosh, Magdalena Koleśnik, Joanna Halszka Sokołowska, Raj Bera, Tapas Chatterjee
- 12th November 2016 – Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India
- 15th December 2016 – Powszechny Theatre, Warsaw, Poland
Partners: Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand, Kasba Arghya Theatre, Maitri