Monica Duncan & Romuald Krężel & Emmilou Rößling
GOOD BYE, OLIMPIA (The Last Inventory)
Only when something ends is there the chance for something new to begin. We take note and wonder what remains of something that isn’t quite there anymore but has never really left?
We invite you to say goodbye to Olimpia, to see these spaces for one last time the way they are now even though they’ll probably still be the same tomorrow. We will hold onto white lilies and perhaps each other’s hands. There will be piano music, candles and dances of marble but let’s not make this too sentimental – there is still so much to see. We’ve sampled everything from the entrance doormat to the cracked ceiling paint on the 5th floor. We want to give a toast to it all including the heating system and the wooden staircase (still in good working condition). This performance is like an inventory of Olimpia. We haven’t changed anything about it and it’s not always pretty, but the building is here for you and waiting for your last goodbye.
Premiere: 6. Ocotober 2017 at Scena Robocza, Poznan Poland
For Further Info: http://www.scenarobocza.pl/spektakl/zegnaj-olimpio-ostatnia-inwentaryzacja/
„When all the lights in the empty theater are lit, a white sheet with the word ‚FIN’ comes down from above. The end! Applause! In this last image of an empty theater, in which lights are switched on only to emphasize the emptiness even more, there is something unbearably sentimental - but in the face of current political changes and terrifying cultural policy there is also a sinister element in it. I might be abusing my subjective perspective here however. After all, the last inventory is not a goodbye to the the building Olimpia - nobody is going to break or destroy it (for now). The stage is still working. Duncan, Krezel and Rößling perfectly show that each end gives a chance for a new beginning. I would like to add: and vice versa.“
Stanislaw Godlweski, Didaskalia Theatre Magazine, December 2017