Concept, architecture and musical dramaturgy: Jarosław Fret Premieres: 27–28 May 2022 Centrum Sztuk Performatywnych Piekarnia
Medeas/The Moirai is a stage installation that is part of the Anamnesis triptych, which Teatr ZAR has been developing since 2013. The first part of the triptych, the performance work Armine, Sister, which explored the 1915 Armenian Genocide was staged many times (till 2017) in Wrocław as well as in London, Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Rome, San Francisco, Thessaloniki, Oslo and Warsaw.
Medeas/The Moirai is dedicated to refugees and their silent stories. The first part of the installation evokes the migratory paths leading to the shores of Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. The second part focuses on the refugees who are fleeing the ongoing war in Ukraine to save their lives.
Medeas/The Moirai seeks to build a territory of remembrance through performance/installation; to unite the actors and audience in a joint effort of unforgetting, anamnesis, in order to activate those layers of our humanity that we share with each other regardless of divisive borders, our cultural identity and social identity, and to awaken a ‘witness’ in ourselves.
‘Being a witness’ does not only mean to tell a story based on facts and records but to generate an inclusive force that opposes the passivity of our era, the passivity of voyeurism. In Medeas/The Moirai, to remain a spectator/witness is to have the power to oppose the pornography of death that is so ubiquitous in the media. Jarosław Fret