The theatre section of the project ACT IN_OUT was based on a collaboration between the Polish theatre CHOREA and two Norwegian theatres – Carte Blanche from Bergen and Visjoner Theatre from Oslo. Part of their artistic plans were visits to each other’s headquarters to present original spectacles created by the groups. Thanks to that, on 21 April 2023 Bergen’s audience could see "Szczelina" (eng: “The Crack”) and on 26 August 2023 Łódź experienced a dance spectacle titled "BUD" from Carte Blanche’s repertoire
The most important part of the theatre section was initiating the creation of two original plays that were the result of theatre groups’ cooperation. The first one, "Ragnarok" directed by Adrian Bartczak, was a project realised by actors and dancers of the CHOREA Theatre and Carte Blanche. Through stage movement, music and unique poetry, actors depicted liminal space between world’s end and a new beginning. Collective hopes, dreams and fears connected to entirety of humanity were expressed and analysed on stage – for the first time during premiere shows on 19 and 23 August at the Retroperspektywy 2022 festival. The Norwegian audience were able to experience “Ragnarok” on 22 April 2023 in Carte Blanche’s studio in Bergen, along with acting workshops “VOICE/RHYTHM/BODY”.
The second initiative of theatre section was grand "Livet. Suita dla Ziemi" (eng: “Livet. Suite for Earth”) that was created in collaboration between the CHOREA Theatre, directed by Tomasz Rodowicz, Visjoner Theatre, led by Juni Dahr, and countless artists representing five European cultures: Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Norwegian and Saami. “Livet” is a collective appeal for making a change in the world for the sake of our planet’s future and humanity itself. A concert composed by Piotr Klimek was full of cultural influences from various traditions and was co-created by four singers and a Polish-Norwegian jazz band.
The concert’s premiere took place on 27 August 2023 during the Retroperspektywy 2023 festival. On 21 October, a concert was presented in Oslo. The concert was also released on studio album added to Jazz Forum magazine – now it can also be heard in our artistic Archive.
Workshops, spectacles, exchanges of cultural and artistic experiences to create a brand-new universal quality – the international multidisciplinary motto of ACT IN_OUT was particularly reflected in endeavours of the project’s theatre section.
The starting point for BUD is to examine the waiting state. Choreographer Roza Moshtaghi takes inspiration from a personal experience by exploring how we experience waiting and expectations associated with being in this mystical state between life’s small and large events.
Purpose of the project is meeting of cultures and musical traditions over common message that's worry about our planet. "Livet" is modern oratorio for Earth, composed and arranged by Piotr Klimek. It involves four soloists, 13-piece choir and 5-piece Polish-Norwegian jazz band. It's music inspired by traditional songs from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Poland, Norway and Saami people bringing in their traditional technique of singing - jojk.
Ragnarok in Norse mythology means „the twilight of the gods”, or simply the end of the old world and the beginning of a new one. However, the title of our performance is the only direct reference that connects it with the mythology. We felt that it might give another layer of interpretation for the audience, but at the same time we liked the fact that this term is so blunt with its meaning.