The Awakening


June 2022, Wrocław, Poland

Photo by J. Stoga

This concert – or perhaps feast? – is an invitation to the inner gardens where the magic happens. It is a story of youthful old age, of learning to love oneself the hard way, of youth where the wisdom of the ancestors dwells.

The ensemble was born out of a need for community, freedom, joy, for being here and now in spite of everything… out of a need to get to know the world and its perversions and to be amazed by its beauty. The artists’ main inspiration is the figure of Hildegard of Bingen, visionary, mystic, composer, religious reformer, a woman of many talents who healed with sound, painting, food and herbs.

Photo by J. Stoga

“Dziwożona, divażena, diva: a woman who is not afraid to be herself. Beautiful, free of stereotypes, age and time. Wild.

Folklore depicted dziwożonas as ugly, hunchbacked women with long, tangled hair who kidnapped girls and young married women. Into the forest, into the field, into the rain, into silence, into screaming. They kidnapped and freed them – from time, from the fear of their inner power. They transformed the girls into free, wild women, proud of every scar, every grey hair, enjoying their bodies.

Photo by J. Stoga

CREDITS: Emose Katarzyna Uhunmwangho (lyrics, singing), Ewa Głowacka-Fierek (composition, singing), Ditte Berkeley (Singing), Jan Skopowski (cello), Larysa Fierek (piano composition, singing), with a guest appearance Anna Zubrzycki.

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