The Talking Car
The work of Polish artist Agnieszka Polska, winner of Germany’s Preis der Nationalgalerie (National Gallery Prize), feels like a hallucination. Reflecting on issues such as natural and human disasters, it offers immersive experiences that stimulate individual and social critical consciousness in the age of post-truth.
In The Talking Car, her debut directing for the stage, Polska brings together a cast of Portuguese, Polish, and North-American performers. A small group tries to get out of a speeding car, while a large-scale digital puppet keeps them company, singing and following their struggle with affectionate curiosity. On their way to an uncertain fate, the characters try out different roles, genders and emotional states. An insistent score and hypnotic animations amplify the melancholy of this immersive tale of a complex system of human and non-human agents.
In English with subtitles in Portuguese.
Text and direction - Agnieszka Polska
With - Albano Jerónimo, Iris Cayatte, Vera Mantero, Bartosz Bielenia and Aaron Ronelle
Commission and production - BoCA