Teatr osmego dnia
Sat 3 JUNE. 10pm
(please note this is an evening performance!)
Teatr Osmego Dnia
Duration: 30 minutes
A dramatic and thrilling outdoor theatre show featuring music and fire explores what it means to leave home behind, something people have been doing across the centuries.
Arka (The Ark) reminds us that we are still living in the age of refugees, vagabonds, and nomads, who travel across continents, and warm their souls with memories of a home, be it a spiritual or ethical, heavenly or geographical, real or imaginary one.
In the performance, the symbol of home is a huge winged ship, a multilevel moving stage, a sequence of avatars of Noah’s Ark, which, whenever we close our eyes, can be transformed into Aeneas’ boat, the Mayflower, or a raft made by Cuban boat people off the coast of Florida.
For the nomadic characters, the ark is alternately a home where memories come alive, a temple where everybody addresses their God, or a place of festivity, dance and joy. Enlivened by the actors’ presence, shining with metallic sails, changing shape in the blinking limelight, the ship moves amidst the audience, only to spread its purple wings and leave behind an enduring image of unceasing pilgrims on their way to the promised land.
The Polish Teatr Ósmego Dnia, founded in 1964, one of Europe’s most important experimental theatre companies, has been the recipient of several awards, including the Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Festival in 1985 and the
prestigious Polish Konrad Swinarski Prize in 1994. More than fifty original productions have been created by Teatr Ósmego Dnia and been shown in almost every country in Europe, as well as in Latin America and Asia. The group has also participated in significant international theatre project.
Since 1992, Teatr Ósmego Dnia’s own theatre in the centre of the city of Poznań has become one of the most important centres of independent culture in Poland.