* carmen funebre

motto: W.H. Auden, "The Refugee Blues"

This city has ten million souls,
Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:
Yet there's no place for us, yet there's no place for us.

I saw a building with a thousand floors,
A thousand windows and a thousand doors;
Not one of them was ours, not one of them was ours.

Stood on a great plain in the falling snow;
Ten thousand soldiers marched to and fro:
Looking for you and me, looking for you and me.

The inspiration for this play was the war in Bosnia, and other ethnic conflicts, as well as world-wide outbreaks of nationalism and intolerance. In preparation for „Carmen Funebre,” members of the theatre company met refugees from the former Yugoslavia, who bore witness to their fate. The refugees’ accounts of lost relatives and homes gave inspiration to the actors as they worked on various scenes and built metaphors which described universal themes of the condition of displaced people. In the production of „Carmen Funebre” Teatr Biuro Podróży uses means which can attract the attention of the experienced spectactor as well as the accidental passer-by. Stilts, fire, searchlights, spectacular sets, and chilling music threaten the audience while evoking both fear and compassion. Although there are few words in the performance, the images are clear and powerful.

 

 

 

director: Paweł Szkotak

cast: Marta Strzałko, Justyna Paluszyńska, Jarosław Siejkowski, Tomasz Wrzalik, Bartosz Borowski, Łukasz Kowalski, Piotr Wojtyniak, GrzegorzArtman/Jurij Chebotarov/Maciej Zakrzewski