Maathai is created for the Atelier festival of Polish Dance Theatre.

Premiere March 24, 2013 in Poznan, Poland.

The subject of the choreography is the unequal treatment of women. The title comes from the first African woman Wangari Maathai, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was not a feminist, she was a biologist fighting for equal rights for women.

Inspirations are the book `Rice mother` by the Malaysian writer Rania Manicka which talks about life in a caste society,  the documentary `woman of Islam` which speaks about the fate of women in Islamic countries who can not do the job they want, because religion or current policies do not allow them to do so and the interview and real story of a girl from South Africa who was forced into prostitution and infected with HIV.

“Imagine that you are trapped in a body that does not leave you free to make your own choices. How would you feel? What would you think? “

Dancers: Agnieszka Fertala, Paulina Jaksim, Lukas Lepold, Katarzyna Kulminska, Josefine Patzelt, Zbigniew Kocieba

Pictures by Andrzej Hajdasz:

„Maathai” chor. Niels Claes


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