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„And we are opening the gates” – a dance and music mystery

“And we are opening the gates” performed by the quartet: Raphael Rogiński / Helena Ganjalyan /Talya Balikcioglu / Adam Witkowski is another premiere at this year’s festival. In this extraordinary project, the artists discuss the questions of belonging, exile and identity in today’s complicated, ever-changing world. Even though Raphael Rogiński and his guests all come from different countries, they share similar experiences and during Different Sounds, they will try to capture the essence of their artistic explorations, through the synthesis of music and dance.

As Rogiński says, for this staged mystery play entitled “And we are opening the gates” (inspired by a painting by Nicholas Roerich – an ingenious painter, scientist and mystic and a researcher of Eastern cultures), he has invited artists who share similar experiences of the trauma of separation. Two dancers, from Armenia and Turkey, and two musicians with Jewish, Kurdish and Uzbek roots aim at creating a psychodrama. Using sound and movement, they will ask what is the moment when we are all equal as human beings. Is this equality only possible in the face of death, as Medieval and Baroque paintings claimed? Is the only moment when we ask questions about our lineage is a crisis, like for instance when a buried mine or sunken submarine prevent us from returning to the surface? It’s difficult not to think that today it is more appropriate to be equal rather than truly experience this sense of equality.

“And we are opening the gates” – a music and dance play performed by: Raphael Rogiński / Helena Ganjalyan / Talya Balikcioglu / Adam Witkowski (Poland, Armenia, Turkey) – 1 July 2018 / 18:30 / The Old Theatre in Lublin, Jezuicka 18

Limited number of places available. Register via online form.