HeLa cells have a property never observed before – that of reproducing and multiplying at a high rate. They are the source of the polio vaccine, advances in the fight against cancer and AIDS, significant advances in in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene therapy. They are cells taken from Henrietta Lacks (and anonymized under the designation HeLa). Henrietta Lacks, an African-American mother of five, and farm worker on a tobacco plantation, died in 1951 of cancer. These cells were taken from her and used by science without herself or her descendants being informed.

With economy, but also with vitality, the stage morphs into multiple settings: a media stage, an operating theatre, the stage of a music hall. Through sober and lively play, bodily agility, and with an ability to paint a portrait in a few strokes sufficient for emotion to emerge, the actors introduce poetry and humour into the technical and the sordid. It’s a touching work, almost making us forget that the contempt displayed for Henrietta is a system, part of an institutionalized racism and that the citizen still often disappears behind the patient’s gown or the client’s wallet.

Info

  • Language

    PL surtitrage FR

  • Venue

    Studio

  • Duration

    65'

Cast

  • Direction 
    Anna Smolar

    Text 
    Anna Smolar
    Marta Malikowska
    Maciej Pesta
    Sonia Roszczuk
    Jan Sobolewski

    With 
    Marta Malikowska
    Maciej Pesta
    Sonia Roszczuk
    Jan Sobolewski

    Dramaturgical collaboration
    Piotr Gruszczyński

    Set & costumes 
    Anna Met

  • Music
    Natalia Fiedorczuk-Cieślak

    Light 
    Rafał Paradowski

    Choregraphy 
    Jan Sobolewski & Ensemble

    Hairstyling
    Marek Nowak

    Translation 
    Margot Carlier

    Co-production
    Nowy Teatr, Centrum Nauki Kopernik (Copernicus Science Centre). 

    In partnership with 
    Fundacja Onkocafe-Razem Lepiej

Calendar

  • Friday
    20:30
  • Saturday
    20:30