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The grass is greener there
There’s no pain
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For each woman there’s a loving man
For each man there’s a sexy lover
Husbands forgive unfaithful wives
Betrayed wives don’t run away with children
Children don’t go through puberty
They become adult straight away
And they visit their parents every Sunday
The rich give money to the poor
And the poor aren’t poor at all – everybody has a job
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The first performance of the Strefa WolnoSłowa!
The performance The Grass is Greener Here. Come! was an outcome of a two-month-long theatre workshop organised by Strefa WolnoSlowa Foundation within the project Exile Warsaw. Test. The project involved in joint creative work Poles and foreigners living in Warsaw.
Two months of theatre exercises, improvisation and writing texts with a group of people previously unrelated to the theatre resulted in the creation of a theatre performance – a kind of reflection on the journey, departure from one’s native land and the dreams and expectations of a new life. Franz Kafka’s Amerika served as the basis for improvisation and exercises. Kafka’s text, which finally wasn’t included in the performance, had been used as a source of inspiration for the workshop participants to create their own stories and monologues. In the created choreographies and texts real migration experiences intertwine with fiction which is often based on authentic events from the participants’ native lands.
An original collection of characters was established – for Kafka’s Karl becomes a kind of everyman, who talks about Armenia in the 1990s, the need to leave Pakistan, soccer in the Ukraine, lack of perspectives in the Macedonian countryside, or about the desire to leave Belarus. In single stories political and historical events intertwine with an individual struggle for living standards, creating a single narrative about the search for a better world.
The solution to all problems is to be the title America, which in the play becomes an excuse for a story about dreams and disappointments connected with the place where migrants arrived. The performance shows bureaucracy, ignorance of the language, no job perspectives in countries where it was supposed to be better, confrontation of ideas for a better world with reality, expectations with existing situation. This makes The Grass is Greener Here. Come! a very powerful play, as it is made by migrants themselves.
The idea, conducting of workshops and direction::
Klara Bogusławska, Natalia Szelachowska, Joanna Szyndler, Weronika Chinowska, Pietro Floridia
Anastasia Biernacka, Małgorzata Gajdemska, Jurij Jelin, Nadzieja Klimowicz, Victoria Kotelewec, Veronika Los, Olga Luts, Oscar Pena, Lewon Petrosjan, Natalia Pracz, Zbigniew Santorek, Ruzan Sargsjan, Julia Semczuk, Alexander Sokyrko, Bojan Wasilevsky, Marina Vileita, Viktoria Rosovetska, Julia Vasilevska, Nina Volontey.
Fundacja “Ocalenie”, Warsztat Komunikacji Społecznej m.st. Warszawy