Gender Unplugged

for viewers 18+
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Directed by: Natalia Orkisz
Dramaturgy: Martyna Wawrzyniak, Patrycja Kowańska
Set design: Stefania Jabłońska
Costumes: Barbara Natalia Ferlak
Music: Mikołaj Szatko
Cast: Grażyna Sobocińska, Weronika Łukaszewska, Dominika Handzlik, Bartłomiej Kwiatkowski


Have you ever wanted to set up your own band? Have you dreamed of a sister / brother group with whom you will conquer the off-stage? Do you feel uncomfortable in a classic arrangement where girls just sing and guys are responsible for content? Do you ever wonder why a girl playing bass or drums is still treated like an exotic bird species? Does your blood curdle in your veins when you hear that the English publication of 1722 claimed that the oboe is too masculine, and looks obscenely in the woman’s mouth? Are you a guy and you love to play the harp, lute and zither, and in the evenings you arrange piano concerts for your friends in your mother’s salon?

In that case, you’ve come to the right place. In “Gender Unplugged” we want to arrange a real jam session in search of the element X – sister vibrations that hide somewhere under a pile of exclusions.

Is the history of music a male domain where women appear only in auxiliary roles? As wives, lenient with their husbands’ ambitions or having no understanding for their genius, idealized mistresses and unconventional muses, mysterious patrons and objects of extramarital sighs. Is there a gender gap in the music industry?

We have been operating since the beginning of the 19th century. We gained international popularity as a 60-person Viennese orchestra founded and directed by Josephine Amman Weinlich; men played in it only double basses and wind instruments. G.B. Shaw, who in 1885 had an opportunity to listen to us during guest performances in London, did not pay much attention to the charming band and spectacular neckline of our conductor, but primarily stated that we musically exceed the similar repertoire of the orchestra by Eduard Strauss.
In 2018, DAMENKAPELLE is a team for the show “Gender Unplugged”. It includes the female director (also cellist!), two female dramatists, a female DJ, a female set designer, a female costume designer, two actresses and two actors, who are not indifferent to the fate of the world, the history of music and the number of female producers invited to festivals.

Photo: promo material

Foto: T. Walkow ©PPA