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How the Hares are Dying
 Private Inventory

- a double bill of ontological insecurity -

Wildly differing in style, Wach and Tuka's latest two-handers both play with ideas of disappearance to our sense of being.

The episodic ritual of Private Inventory, conceived as a choreography of the hidden, is followed by an imaginary workshop of Joseph Beuys, the setting for an exploration of self-sacrifice and transformation in How the Hares are Dying.

Private Inventory
Concept & direction: Anita Wach
Performance: Magda Tuka, Anita Wach

How the Hares are Dying
Concept & direction: Magda Tuka
Performance: Magda Tuka, Anita Wach
Sound: Opaean

Photos: PatMic

Private Inventory and How the Hares are Dying began under artistic scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The shows received their Polish premiére at Studium Teatralne in Warsaw on 8 December 2016.

Private Inventory, that is: it’s high time for a confrontation with the true state of reality. Together with the audience we enter the empty space. We will try to fill it with events which have their sources in our own very personal accounts.

They may seem trival, frivolous, bizarre but because they are ours - are unique. The performance takes the form of an exhibition because only a state of 'being an object' can save the stocktaking or settlement from complete chaos. What are our exhibit objects?

For example, the nude female pushed into a corner of the space. The image takes only a few minutes, leaving the impression of a very intimate meeting and at the same time a sense of deep solitude and ... red wool socks as the only trace of HER presence. There is also twisted upside-down no-face body. What followed remains a 'freshly-watered potted plant' and the feeling that something violent happened which squashed body into such a radical form. And many other events ‘tiered’ from the performers insides.

How the Hares are Dying - asking ourselves this question we are opening space of unknown or lost. Hare has a very rich mythology in different cultures. In ancient Egypt a hieroglyph in the form of a hare meant the verb 'to be'. Therefore even for just a few moments by trying to incorporate ourselves into this animal which – we hope - will help us make real contact with the audience. To be together.

What everyone knows about the hare is its way of moving. Hare jumps. And this kind of dynamic is the logic of our dramaturgy, the rapid changes, maybe meaningless and the faith in intuition and … the self-sacrifice. Hare has a gentle nature and as one of the audience member said after the performance: 'nowadays we need more Hares'.

The performance is dedicated to the German artist Joseph Beuys who believed in a revolutionary and healing power of Art.