KTO Theatre: Peregrinus


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  • Monday, August 26, 2019

A theatre production inspired by poetic works of T.S. Eliot.


We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

by Thomas Sterns Eliot

The show depicts a single day in the life of an individual of the 21st century. The contemporary "Everyman", whose life is "suspended" between Home and Work for a corporation, identifies his or her "pathway through life" as a "pathway to work".
The peregrination in search of the meaning of life comes into view through everyday toil, deprived of spirituality, love and beauty.
The world of the "Pererginus" is a "digital" civilization – sad, terrifying and grotesque, where consumerism turns into a dominant religion. A shop window is the home of the Peregrinus of the 21st century.
A mobile character of the show exposes the adventures of the protagonist in various contexts of urban space. Homo Peregrinus is a formatted human being stripped of emotionality, predictable and bereft of individual characteristics.

In the world where life links with life so naturally, where even a flower unites with other flowers in the breeze, where a swan knows other swans, only people build their loneliness.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Perigrinus’s belongings can be packed in one piece of hand luggage.
Everyone is dressed in the same way. The dominant colours are gray and black.

It is a performance without text, illustrated by music (pieces written by many composers of film music, classical music, rap and pop).

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper

T.S. Eliot

Mask concept: Spitfire Company
Masks design: Joanna Jaśko-Sroka
Stage movement and choreography: Eryk Makohon
Script, music selection and stage direction: Jerzy Zon
Performers: Karolina Bondaronek, Martyna Malcharek, Grażyna Srebrny-Rosa, Justyna Wójcik, Marta Zoń, Sławek Bendykowski, Bartek Cieniawa, Paweł Monsiel, Michał Orzyłowski



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