Created by film-director, writer and producer Benedykt Zasadzki, ‘Abrakadabra’ is a study on loneliness, misplacement, femininity, origins and belief.
The meaning of ‘Abrakadabra’: It is a Hebrew phase meaning ‘I create What I Speak.’
Ab=Exposition; Ra=Rising Action; Ca=Climax; Da=Falling Action; Bra= Denouement
An Inverted Traingle
Many words and phrases relating to rituals, talismans and pentacles have a symbolic meaning, either in them or in the way they are used, which is expressed phonetically or, more frequently, graphically. This word was in frequent use during the Middle Ages as a magic formula. It is derived from the Hebrew phrase ‘abreq ad habra’ meaning ‘hurl your thunderbolt even unto death’; a charm, against fever, cold, toothache, vanquishing fevers and illness etc.
‘This story starts with a stranger arriving to a strange land. It ends with beginning of reign of Antichrist…’ It could be anyone’s story, someone who is going in another country for a better and new life, but due to over sensibility, over thinking and loneliness, that person falls in an abyss of dark times, despair and depression. ‘Abrakadabra’ acts on multiple levels: it could be your usual super-natural horror story that triggers adrenaline and pleasure watching extreme situation, or a clinical-pathological case of a mental disorder, or a metaphorical analysis of human condition of misplacement and in-between-ness. It is full of symbols and in the end the viewer is presented with the resolution, an open to interpretation ending, living it open to anyone’s choice.
It is a very complex and personal story and extremely demanding for anyone’s acting skills. I remember even nowadays my audition process to get the part. It was self-understood.(implied laughter) You want to play a woman being possessed, then now and here (at Southbank, next to London Eye, a central touristic area always populated) be possessed. Does it sound easy?! You feel these words differently when you are there and get the challenge. You have all this different scenarios going through your head, why this could go wrong, but then you give it a go… In my opinion, it is a beautiful test to your own inhibitions, getting loose and letting go… That was and is what ‘Abrakadabra’ means to me, a rare artistic safe friendly environment of creating beauty and ugliness in the same time, of exorcising your own demons!
And that is how I embarked on the wonderful never-ending journey of ‘Abrakadabra’ , with firm, but safe guidance from Benedykt; on a journey trying to find answers to old questions, but encountering new questions; a journey with in detail attention to every gesture, every image, every symbol, every word, as each of them embodies a strange power of a potential possibility of coming to life. Creating as speaking and speaking while doing/acting, every word used has its own power, like a spell, and if you stay open to new pathways of life, you can grow some beautiful adventures, bringing us to the conclusion: You Are The Author Of Your Journey! Abracadabra!