October 2, 2015
1 h 30 min
70 PLN – regular
40 PLN – concessionary
30 PLN – rush
Unusual audience arrangement: seats are not numbered. The audience seats on chairs and mattresses placed on both sides of the stage.
Piotr Trojan’s play is based on a number of recorded authentic meetings, arranged through a gay dating app – Grindr. The project pictures the other – hidden life of the metropolis, and at the same time explores the phenomenon of sex in the digital era. In the past, finding a suitable sexual partner demanded a lot of time and effort. Today it is one click away. What is the impact of new technologies on sexual relations? How do dating apps change the morality of our times? Is Grindr really where your dreams can come true?
The performance is recommended for adults (over 18yo). Younger audience’s participation is subject to parent’s and/or legal guardian’s consent (please contact the education department: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fragment of the text:
Grindr is a paradise / a dream-come-true game / you have a small avatar with your pic / information about what you’re looking for / write, whatever you want / everyone is here for one purpose anyway / you play / achieve next levels / sometimes you will encounter obstacles / a virus attacked you / but you’ve won / this time the body fought it off / you level-up / and your needs are growing / I don’t know the ending / I haven’t finished this game yet / but I’m a top-level player / I have an expert status now
text and direction: Piotr Trojan
dramaturgy: Michał Pabian
set and costume design: Dominika Olszowy
set and lighting design: Aleksandr Prowaliński
video: Patrycja Płanik
choreography: Tomasz Bazan
music: Marcin Janus
director’s assistant: Jan Dravnel
fot. Maria Ankiersztejn
“So, dear gays and gayesses, set aside your Iphones, and off to the theatre with you.”
“Is Grindr a way to spend your entire life? Are we nearing the time, when apps replace the real relationship between people based on feeling and not sex? If we give in, even once, to this mock freedom and power of choice, can we free ourselves of it?”
The new talents line / Field TR
The performance was produced within the frame of Field TR – one of the elements of the NEW TALENTS LINE programme. TR Warszawa for many years now has been promoting new artistic talents through such projects as: Warsaw Area [orig.: Teren Warszawa], TR/PL, Field TR [orig.: Teren TR], Young TR [orig.: Młody TR], TR Debut [orig.: Debiut TR], artistic residencies, guest showings of diploma works and performances, repertoire showings of performances co-created by new artists and production of selected projects in cooperation with foreign partners. TR Warszawa provides artistic shelter, where artists may experiment and implement their ideas for theatre.
Within the new talents line in the past artistic seasons, the following directors presented their productions: Wojciech Blecharz (“Soundwork”), Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak (“The Chinese”), Grzegorz Jaremko (“Woyzeck”), Katarzyna Kalwat (“Holzwege”, “Rechnitz. Opera – The Exterminating Angel”, “Maria Klassenberg. Ecstasies”, “Staff Only” – coproduced by Biennale Warszawa and TR Warszawa), Anna Karasińska (“Ewelina’s Crying” and “Fantasia”), Katarzyna Minkowska (“Stream”), Jędrzej Piaskowski (“Puppenhaus. Treatment”, “David Is Going To Israel”), Piotr Trojan (“Grind/r”), Magda Szpecht (“The Possibility of an Island”, “Always Coming Home”), and Małgorzata Wdowik (“The Footballers” and “Fear”).