directed by Tomasz Rodowicz
choreographed by Robert M. Hayden
music and choral conducting: Tomasz Krzyżanowski
performed by Janusz Adam Biedrzycki, Joanna Chmielecka, Julia Jakubowska, Małgorzata Lipczyńska, Paweł Korbus, Maciej Maciaszek, Jakub Pałys, Krzysztof Skolimowski, Aleksandra Maria Ścibor
choir: Joanna Filarska, Sandra Gierzek, Joanna Kłos, Aleksandra Kozioł, Milena Kranik, Justyna Sobieraj-Bednarek, Elina Toneva, Paulina Tralewska, Dara Weinberg
photography: Kailai Chen
premiere: 26 March 2012, Dotknij Teatru, Łódź, Poland
“Bacchantes” confronts the plots of “Bacchus” and “Songs of Euripides”, relating the resulting tensions between them with the human relationships of today. The contemporary society easily defines collective responsibility. Substituted with feckless images, the presence of god is disappearing. One easily attributes to oneself omniscience and omnipotence, and manipulates the emotions of others. As values, religions and authorities are deteriorating, one defines oneself through destruction and aggression. Our culture has reduced the need for cleansing to blaming. Each of us embodies a natural need for both order and chaos, madness and harmony. Why are we the only species that slaughters itself while deeply in need for love and god?