Anxiety and necessity to be isolated from our close ones unexpectedly became our common experience during the pandemic. Therefore the newest creation by the Biuro Podróży Theatre is an artistic reaction to the threat of being separated from our nearest and dearest.
The production bears reference to the timeless fate of Orpheus and Euridice whose love was stronger than death. In an act of despair, Orpheus, unable to accept the loss of his beloved woman, decides to find her wherever she could be. During his quest he reaches the depths of hell, which are full of rats, and has to face his memories and qualms and confront his preconceived notions of afterlife with reality… What is real and what is but an illusion? What will be the outcome of this quest undertaken by the Orpheus of our time? Shall we have enough love and courage to renew our shared life in the post-pandemic world?
Founded by Pawel Szkotak in 1988, the group has developed its own working practice and a recognizable style. Its productions have been shown in over 50 countries on six continents. The company specializes in open air shows. It has also initiated a number of artistic and social projects. . It has cooperated with Palestinian refugees in Beyrouth and presented the show Carmen Funebre on the West Bank, in the Iraqi Kurdistan and in the Diyarbakir Region (Turkish Kurdistan).
Direction: Paweł Szkotak
Music: Łukasz Matuszyk
Stage set: Teatr Biuro Podróży oraz Natalia Kołodziej, Joanna Sapkowska Pieprzyk, Michał Wielopolski
Performers: Maja Osińska, Marta Strzałko, Bartosz Borowski, Łukasz Kowalski, Paweł Stachowczyk, Tomasz Wrzalik, Maciej Zakrzewski