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SILENT PACT

EXPLORING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

Silent Pact is based on a true story of two twin sisters extremely dependent on each other June and Jennifer Gibbons, who made a pact to keep themselves separate from the rest of the world, creating a secret language and mirroring each other’s movements. The twin sisters had lived like this for 29 years. They realized they were trapped, unable to „break out”. They said: „We tried to get back to the outside world but it was too late.”

Their story is about the waging of a silent war which neither could win: the struggle for individuality- the birthright for which Cain killed Abel, Jacob tricked Esau, the power struggle in which Romulus killed Remus.
The audience witnesses one particular relationship playing out before them, that asks questions like: where is the balance between attachment and independency, between vulnerability and helplessness? Which force has the greater power over our psyche: the discontent of living someone else’s life, or the fear of a paralyzing loneliness?

This tragic and inspiring story became for the creators (Olga Domanska and Donia Sbika), a foundation for research on human relationships. The two performers don’t speak even a word during the show, but the eloquence of the situations, images and choreography are moving and invite the spectator to reflect.

The show owes its final shape and originality to five different European Artistic Residences: Kaiopoli (Switzerland), Centro Jobel (Italy), Theaterhaus Mitte (Germany), Area18 (Switzerland), Warsaw Mime Center (Poland).
The show was completed and had its premiere in October 2016 in Biel (CH). After a successful tour in Switzerland, Silent Pact was invited to Dresden, Lublin, Barcelona, Santander, Rome.

Performance based on the book "Silent Twins" by M. Wallace

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