The Talking Car

Agnieszka Polska

Agnieszka Polska in her performance raises uncomfortable questions about the ecological crisis, environmental and humanitarian catastrophes. Premiered by BoCA - Biennial of Contemporary Art in co-production with deSingel, Kampnagel and Nowy Theatre. Opening night in September 2023.

Upcoming dates

  • The Talking Car deSingel International Arts Centre, Antwerpia (Belgia)
    19.04Fri
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Agnieszka Polska in her performance raises uncomfortable questions about the ecological crisis, environmental and humanitarian catastrophes. Premiered by BoCA - Biennial of Contemporary Art in co-production with deSingel, Kampnagel and Nowy Theatre. Opening night in September 2023.

Upcoming dates

  • The Talking Car deSingel International Arts Centre, Antwerpia (Belgia)
    19.04Fri
  • Show full calendar

The Polish artist, awarded with the renowned National Gallery Prize (Berlin), is the author of hallucinogenic and hypnotic artworks, which propose immersive experiences, making us reflect on language, history, science and activate a critical awareness of the social and individual responsibility in a post-truth world.

Under an invitation from BoCA, Polska creates her first theatre piece, The Talking Car, with a mixed cast of Portuguese, Polish and American actors including Albano Jerónimo, Iris Cayatte and Vera Mantero, Bartosz Bielenia and Aaron Ronelle. On stage, we see a group of people trying to find a way out of a speeding vehicle. They are accompanied by singing, large-scale digital puppets, observing their struggles with tender curiosity. The performers inside the car, on their way to an ever-changing destination, explore a variety of roles, genres and emotional states. Atmospheric, repetitive music and hypnotic background animations enhance the melancholy of this immersive tale: a tale about one's role in the complex system combining human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

Information

  • Text and direction: Agnieszka Polska
  • With: Albano Jerónimo, Iris Cayatte, Vera Mantero, Bartosz Bielenia e Aaron Ronelle
  • Voice over: Jasmina Polak
  • Dramaturgy support: Olga Drygas
  • Music: Igor Klaczynski
  • Light design: Rui Monteiro
  • Video and sound: André Teixeira
  • Digital puppet animation: Jeremy Coubrough
  • Stage videos animation: Ewa Polska
  • Head of production: Hugo Alves Caroça
  • Administration: Joana Portela
  • Commission and production: BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts (Lisbon)
  • Co-production: deSingel, Nowy Teatr
  • Artistic residency: Goethe Institut Lisbon
  • Presentation partner: Culturgest

Premiere: 14.09.2023 Lisbon

Calendar

April 19

The Talking Car

Agnieszka Polska
deSingel International Arts Centre, Antwerpia (Belgia)

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