Inventory of Powerlessness is a project on the border of documentary theatre and social action. Its theme is the sense of powerlessness experienced by everyone regardless of their origin, economic situation and beliefs. In every city where it is made, Edit Kaldor cooperates with the local community. The script is composed of the inhabitants’ individual stories and experiences, creating the landscape of powerlessness of a given city.
“The way in which Kaldor uses the theatre, - a place for collective dialogue - as a platform to show extreme isolation and the inability to communicate is absolutely brilliant.”
(La Presse, Montréal, Canada)
“The work has a paradoxical directness. We sense here a very strong artistic personality… While watching, our own solitude is guaranteed to hit us in the face.”
“It doesn’t look like theatre, but it is. The best kind of theatre that exists.”
(Folha de São Paulo, Brazil)
She is recognized internationally as a unique voice in the contemporary theatre landscape. In her work she mixes documentary and fictional elements and often works with nonprofessional actors. Her performances tend to integrate the use of various digital media in a sophisticated but straightforward way.
Kaldor was born in Budapest, and immigrated as a child to the United States, where she'd lived for ten years before moving back to Europe. She studied English Literature and Theatre at Columbia University in New York, and at University College in London, and had worked for years as dramaturge and video-maker with Peter Halasz (Squat theater/Love theater, New York), collaborating on numerous theatre performances and filmscripts.
After enrolling at DasArts (the postgraduate performing arts centre in Amsterdam), she started making her own theatre performances, which soon received international acclaim. She now lives and works in Amsterdam, writing and directing pieces, which stretch considerably the boundaries of theatrical conventions, like Or Press Escape (2002), New Game (2004), Drama (2005), Point Blank (2007), C'est du chinois (2010), WORK (2011), and One Hour (2012). Her theatre performances have been presented widely in Europe, North and South America, and Asia.
Concept Edit Kaldor concept development Edit Kaldor, Andreas Bachmair, Jurrien van Rheenen and a dozen Amsterdam inhabitants
A co-production of Theatre Frascati, Archa Theatre (CZ), Hebbel am Ufer (D) & Malta Festival (PL) with support of Gemeente Amsterdam & Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten
Inventory of powerlessness is a House of Fire project.
Participants: Binkowska Aleksandra, Bisior Patryk, Borak Magdalena, Czemplik Cezary, Dreger Mira, Dubilewicz Agnieszka, Jarczyński Mateusz, Jarocka Aleksandra, Kochaniewicz Agata, Kropiński Przemysław, Main Izabella, Maria, Nowakowska Justyna, Pawlak-Lemańska Katarzyna, Piotr, Rafał, Rogalski Wojtek, Rokita Marysia, Roman, Szwarc Bernadetta, Turostowska Marta, Turostowska Natalia, Wnuk Mateusz