TRAMWAY

A 90 KILOMETER PERFORMANCE
BY
LECH MAJEWSKI

Cast
Anna Wesołowska, Jan Bógdoł,
Sabina Głuch, Marek Kiedroń

Production staff
Tom Prokop

Director
Lech Majewski

Four actors get into a tram. They change. They make up. The doors close and the tram enters a ninety kilometer loop strung with Upper Silesian towns populated by four million people.The tram starts in the evening. Spectral, lit from within, moving. It doesn't stop anywhere. No one leaves. No one gets on.

The show runs into the small hours and those who manage to get a glimpse of it - drivers, pedestrians, bus and taxi passenger, but mainly commuters waiting at the tram stops - see fragments of action: a man who washes and shaves, a woman preparing supper, a young couple arguing then kissing, the woman watching TV... Nothing special. Everyday activities. Yet, separated from their ordinary context, they seem quite odd and disturbing.

This experimental performance, shying away from the viewer, stuningly captures the very basic truth of perceiving somebody else's existence. What we see is, by design, fragmented, since the people we come across on our life's path walk by and disappear, we do not even notice when. Like the actors on the tram's platform, they perish in the darkness not even saying goodbye, and never ever will we be able to follow their lives with the tidy precision of soap operas and traditional narratives.
Leon Herlig