Musée des confluences

Henrietta Lacks

Play in Polish with French subtitles

Saturday 19 October | 7 pm
Sunday 20 October | 4:30 pm

In 1951, a young Afro-American woman was given treatment for a galloping cancer in a hospital in the southern United States. Two tissue samples were taken without her knowledge, which led to major and lucrative medical advances (vaccines and in-vitro culture of "immortal" cells) that Mrs. Lacks and her family were totally unaware of...

Reviving the memory of a forgotten woman, whose atoms live on today throughout the world, this play, directed by a key artist on Poland's young theatre scene, raises many ethical questions related to medical progress, from consent to cell ownership, cloning and gene therapy.

Sunday's performance will be followed by a debate with Régis Aubry, member of the National Consultative Ethics Committee (Comité Consultatif National d'Ethique - CCNE), and coordinator of research on ethics and medical progress at the public scientific and technological institute Inserm.

Text based on the biography The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Directed: Anna Smolar with Marta Malikowska, Sonia Roszczuk, Maciej Pesta, Jan Sobolewski, Bartosz Bielenia
Dramaturgic collaboration: Piotr Gruszczyński
Set and costumes: Anna Met
Music: Natalia Fiedorczuk-Cieślak
Lighting: Rafał Paradowski
Choreography: Jan Sobolewski & ensemble
Hairstyling: Marek Nowak


Co-production: Nowy Teatr, Centrum Nauki Kopernik (Copernicus Science Centre). Partner: Fundacja Onkocafe – Razem Lepiej.
Co-production: Festival Sens Interdits and Musée des Confluences. With the support of the French office for contemporary performing arts circulation (ONDA).

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