„Naszym światem włada nieczułość”
"Our World Is Ruled by Insensitivity."

The #MeToo Movement and Its Transformation

Author(s): Agata Adamiecka-Sitek
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: #MeToo; discrimination; intersectionality; "Gardzienice"; institutional critique

Summary/Abstract: The article analyzes the transformational potential of the #MeToo movement in terms of personal experience, institutional, and social transformations, looking first of all at the dynamics the movement has created in theater in Poland and around the world. The author unveils the systemic dimension of violence encoded in invisible and standardized relations of domination and subordination, inscribed in the two models which are still very common in Polish theater: the "master and apprentice" model defining the position of a director and the "feudal" model visible in institutional relations.Looking at the "Gardzienice" case and the reactions of the public to the testimonies exposing violence, the author also mentions examples of institutional and systemic reactions to similar situations in British and Belgian theater. In this way, she outlines possible directions for action in Polish theater. She asks questions about the transformative and emancipatory potential of the #MeToo movement, emphasizing the necessity to consider an intersectional perspective, to build alliances and to practice promiscuous care.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 161
  • Page Range: 86-134
  • Page Count: 49
  • Language: Polish