“It starts from the bees” >

In February we started working on the performance. This year’s topic was extinctions. It was supposed to be about five major rapid extinctions of many species. And about the sixth catastrophe – the present destruction of species caused by human. Extinction is the best occasion to say what we have, what we’d rather save if there is anything at all we want to save. Extinction is not final as it seems to be for those who are becoming extinct. It happens all the time – sometimes it’s more visible, hearable or tangible. In a sense, it’s just a change. We are trying to write this change down. It was supposed to be about extinction but it’s about the struggle to survive. About plastic gloves floating in the air thrown on the ground the moment someone left a store. About numerous plastic gloves. And about observation – statistics, birds, neighbours or the fallen tree on which mushrooms have grown for months now. About seventeen square meters of a flat in debt, about an old wardrobe and a flight home. About the unemployment in a foreign country, about working in pyjamas and dreams on dolphins. About intimacy in front of a camera, about a broken pipe, putting lipstick on in front of the mirror and a view from the window. Or from the balcony if someone’s lucky.

“It starts from the bees” by Strefa Wolnosłowa is a fragmentary story about survival created during the pandemic by a multicultural and intergenerational group of participants of theatrical and musical workshops Azyl Warszawa 2020 as a part of the project Atlas Transitions.

The creators:

Lizaveta Bibikava, Valeria Baradulina, Alicja Borkowska, Rawan Boustany, Weronika Chinowska, Ludmiła Dąbrowska, Ray Dickaty, Magdalena Duszyńska-Sasin, Ali Eshqi, Lyudmyla Galchun, Kasia Galon, Rita Guretskaya, Barbara Herman, Vira Hres, Mahina Isaewa, Maksim Jus, Semih Karabas, Bogumiła Karbowiak, Adrien Koniak, Alina Kręcisz, Aleksandra Kuśnierkiewicz, Veranika Los, Paweł Łuhowy, Olesya Malyugina, Kateryna Matvieieva, Rachel Merrill Moss, Sofya Mironava, Joanna Mueller, Artur Pałyga, Rose Petit, Yana Probably, Kasia Stefanowicz, Iryna Sylinnyk, Monika Trzeciak, Magdalena Wojno, Kinga Wołoszyn-Kowada, Szamani Yacoub.

27th June at 7:30 pm, Scena Mała of the Powszechny Theatre – presentation of the visual, verbal and musical effects of our work.

The following episodes will be available for the next months at the Facebook fan page of Stefa Wolnosłowa. Stay tuned!

More details soon!