The Grotowski Institute
Director: Jarosław Fret, Monika Wachowicz
1 hours 15 minutes, without breaks.
Theatre seance by Monika Wachowicz and Jarosław Fret
Sheol is at once a theatrical séance and a very contemporary lamentation for the dead and the undead, the born and the unborn. It is a descent to the bottom of silence down the thin line of breath, voice and sound; a silence that, like the mythical Sheol, covers and closes, becoming a veil through which no feeling or image can pass through. Love is the only force that can save those entering Sheol. Their descent is accompanied by music, or rather its extraordinary density, as if our bodies were just a sound or an instrument and at the same time a path into bottomless depths.
Inspired by a fascination with Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, also known as The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, and including excerpts from Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and Gregorgio Allegri’s Miserrere, Sheol is a story about the desire and will to live a life that is full and vibrant like breathing fire.
Stage movement, costume designer, writer and performer :
Marcin ’Cozer’ Markiewicz