KTO Theatre: Chorus of Orphans

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A theatre séance inspired by Guy Croussy's novel Les bleuets.

Directed by Jerzy Zoń, this “theatrical seance with orchestra, solo soprano and actors”, to quote the production’s byline, is a unique artistic event for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a hypnotic performance with no text, although it’s based on Guy Croussy’s novel Bluebottles. Secondly, it’s inspired by such varied material as the Book of Exodus, traditional Bolivian song and the Third Symphony by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. Croussy’s book tells the story of orphans living in post-war France, and the running time of the play is defined by the time needed to play the composer’s piece. The audience sits on opposite sides of a square-shaped construction and observes the everyday activities of the titular orphans, who are supervised by two strict guardians. The developing narrative, governed by the dramaturgical structure of the aforementioned musical composition, dramatizes the mechanisms of social behavior within a closed group, and shows how the adult world exerts control over “enslaved” children.

A show without text

You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.
(The Book of Exodus, Chapter 22)

My ovary is cut
by pain sharp as knife
to my son of a bitch
I will soon give life

(A Bolivian song, anonymous)

Stage set and costume design: Joanna Jasko-Sroka
Production of stage set and structures: Robert Calikowski Ironwork Workshop
Stage movement: Eryk Makohon
Rhythmic training of the cast: Grzegorz Bauer
Music: Henryk Mikołaj Górecki "Symphony no 3"
Assistant to stage director: Monika Kozlowska
Script, selection of music and stage direction: Jerzy Zon
Performers: Karolina Bondaronek, Anna Kamykowska, Paulina Lasyk, Martyna Malcharek, Grazyna Srebrny-Rosa, Justyna Wojcik, Marta Zon, Sławek Bendykowski, Bartek Cieniawa, Paweł Monsiel, Michał Orzylowski

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