The FETA festival has started, for the first time in Przymorze Kultura Service

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Finally! – every outdoor theater enthusiast will say. The FETA Festival started on Thursday 7 July. Street performers from Poland and nine other European countries play in a brand new space for this festival in Przymorze Wielki and Reagan ParkCard† The festival was opened by the famous theater Poznań Biuro Podróży, which whetted the appetite for more. Despite the uncertain weather, the public watched the first spectacle of this year’s edition. Next events from Friday to Sunday.

The program of the FETA 2022 Festival

Every new space of the International Festival of Outdoor and Street Theaters FETA arouses emotions. This was the case when we first went along the Motława River with the artists and discovered the extraordinary beauty of the bastions and the districts of Stare Przedmieście and Dolne Miasto. Many voices of satisfaction, but also disappointment, were brought by the move to Góra Gradowa and the buildings of Centrum Hewelianum and Plac Zebrań Ludowych, which were far from the FETY climate in the bastions.

The wedding night (represented very subdued) passed very quickly by the lovers.

The wedding night (represented very subdued) passed very quickly by the lovers.

Much thought has gone into whether it is a good idea to accelerate such an undertaking in 2019, in various districts of Gdańsk (apart from the old suburbs and lower towns, these were also the capital, the old town, the long gardens and the shipyard). Discussions about the shape of the FETY were interrupted by a pandemic, which made the organization in 2020 and 2021 no longer possible. Finally it worked. The break from the favorite theater event of thousands of Tri-City residents is over.

– You don’t even know how much we missed you and how happy we are to meet again at the festival – she told the audience Katarzyna Andrulonishead of the Plama GAK club at the official opening with the participation of the President of Gdańsk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz and the Director of the Cultural Archipelago of Gdańsk Monika Dylewska-Libera
For a long time, at the start of the event, it looked as if the weather was going to play tricks on the FETA organizers. The dripping rain lasted until the official opening of the festival, which was preceded by the first and only performance on Thursday – “Eurydyka” by Teatr Biuro Podróży from Poznan. Despite this (and a relatively cool evening compared to the past few days), half an hour before the performance the audience was on the field of the Image Creation School ComplexCard in Gdańsk it began to thicken noticeably. That’s the risk of playing the main evening show in a flat space on a paved square.

A lot of humor passed by, for example in the scene in the departure hall at the airport.

A lot of humor passed by, for example in the scene in the departure hall at the airport.

The performance “Eurydice”, although effective and scenes using fire, is full of nuances and details (such as a billiard ball in the hands of an unconscious hero), is often played on the ground floor, making it impossible for people from further rows to watch comfortably, because on the small field of the ZSKW in Gdańsk, the show was followed by more than a thousand people. Unfortunately, it must be admitted that due to the way the action is executed by the director Paweł Szkotak (he directs street and opera performances – at the Baltic Opera he performed “The Barber of Seville” and “Don Bucefalo”) This spectacle was not suitable for the main event of the evening.

To justify the organizers, it’s worth adding that the performance was originally going to be played in a different room and that the ZSKW field is actually an emergency venue, which does not alter the fact that FETA’s inauguration was only comfortably watched by those who arrived well in advance of Thursday’s gig.

The festival “Eurydice” that begins, of course, refers to the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, whose heroes have been transferred to contemporary reality. We see them driving a swan car on their wedding night – happy, smiling, enjoying each other. However, in the morning the girl says goodbye to her beloved at the airport and flies away (a funny, grotesque scene in the departure hall). They are torn apart by a plane crash. A long, moving, symbolic scene with lone suitcases and people recognizing the luggage of their loved ones is arguably the best scene of the entire performance, also alluding to the brutality of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The spectacle was watched by about a thousand spectators, which was a very large turnout for the small playground of the Image Creation Schools Complex, yet more people can be expected over the weekend.

The spectacle was watched by about a thousand spectators, which was a very large turnout for the small playground of the Image Creation Schools Complex, yet more people can be expected over the weekend.

The news of the tragedy finds Orpheus during a party at a pool club. Then begins his somewhat bizarre journey to the afterlife to find his beloved again. The heroes are joined by the mice who have been present and meddle in the fate of a few lovers. Of course, at the decisive moment, Orpheus turns and loses the chance to get Eurydice back. According to the creators of the show, it happens out of love, but before that, the actors will sow a seed of uncertainty whether he would not have done it to celebrate memories after a loved one or at her request. Isn’t this poetic, unhappy ending a better “story” than the classic “and they lived happily ever after”? Everyone has to answer this for themselves.

FETA 2022 – 5 shows you must see

Teatr Biuro Podróży seized the opportunity, because the Eurydice performance turned out to be interesting, reflective and at times also very effective and poetic. It is a pity that he has found a small (in the scale of interest in FETA) space, where other evening offers will also be played, including last Friday performances “Il grande spettacolo della fine del mondo” by the Italian Theater En Vol and “Dywident ” of the Fuzja Theater in Pozna. To see them, it is worth arriving at least 15 minutes early to the ZSKW in Gdańsk.

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