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Avant-Garde Encounter With Death
October 29, 2010   
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A Swedish artistic group is inviting visitors to spend an unusual night at the Palace of Culture and Science reflecting on death in an avant-garde project entitled Refuge Frederic—First Aid and Relaxation.

The project is inspired by the life of Frederic Chopin, focusing on the devastating tuberculosis which killed the famous composer.

Inside the Palace of Culture and Science, the Poste Restante group, in collaboration with the Dramatyczny Theater and the Propaganda Foundation artistic group, has arranged an improvised field hospital, creating a temporary refuge where visitors can escape their everyday problems, finding relaxation and space to reflect on death.

Every visitor to Refuge Frederic first consults people working on the project to specify the duration and purpose of his or her visit. One visit can last between two and 12 hours. Every “refuge seeker” is assigned a bed and takes part in a series of individual and group activities such as “Choir in the Dark” and “A Letter of Conscience” which convey the essence of bereavement and melancholy.

The Poste Restante theater and performing arts group was formed in 2007 by set designer Linn Hilda Lamberg, playwright Stefan Åkesson and producer Erik Berg. The Polish project had its premiere Oct. 21 during the International “Migrations” Central Warsaw Theater Festival 2010 organized by the Dramatyczny Theater in Warsaw Oct. 15-30.


Nov. 5 and 7, 7 p.m.
Dramatyczny Theater.
For details and bookings go to www.azylfryderyk.org
Admission is free.
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