Hiroshima / Love

Directing: Julia Holewińska

The spectacle Hiroshima / Love touches on the themes of necro-journey, ecology, catastrophe, destruction, love and memory (or lack thereof). Central to the story is the exploration of the political, environmental, social, historical and economical contexts of atomic energy, as well as those of momentous disasters which have been consequential for human culture and ecosystem, such as Hiroshima, Auschwitz, Fukushima and ancient Pompeii.

The starting point of the plot is the explosion of an A-bomb in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 with residual visions of total destruction in the world today, and it alludes to Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima, My Love movie (1959), probably the most interesting artistic elaboration on that theme. 60 years after the film was created and 74 after the bomb was dropped, as we may once again be facing an imminent outbreak of an armed conflict, fear is a global experience and environmental catastrophe is becoming a key issue, the artists are asking about the possible meaning of this conjunction.

By examining multiple aspects of the theme, the performers stage a fragmentary and momentary records of the destruction. At the same time, they are casting a reflective eye on what is their own experience and simultaneously, a frequent contemporary quasi-tourist practice: traveling to disaster sites – tracing destruction. What is the meaning of these necro-journeys? What is so attractive about them? Can the wish to sense the vicinity of death be equally stimulating as an outburst of love?

The relativism surrounding nuclear energy invites reflection on the issues of security, activism, the utopia of pacifism and the search for alternative spaces and philosophies. Hiroshima / Love is also a spectacle whose creators want us to have a closer look at the paradoxical coincidence of environmentalism, capitalism and nationalism.

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