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This is Why We Live ()

Produced by

Open Heart Surgery Theatre and Théâtre de L’Enfumeraie

Director: Coleen MacPherson

Written by The Company and inspired by the poems of Wisława Szymborska


The Theatre Centre – BMO Incubator Space


October 6th, 2016 – October 9th, 2016


Combining poetry-theatre, live music, and collage; two actors and a musician journey through fragmented and visceral encounters with the world. Inspired by the poems and ironic collage work of Polish poet Wisława Szymborska, This is Why We Live is a kaleidoscope of characters; bringing the audience close to the poet’s state of astonishment. This is a unique international collaboration between Canadian company, Open Heart Surgery Theatre and Theatre de L’Enfumeraie (France); blending three languages, we delight in bringing our audience into a surreal performance that celebrates a great female voice of the 20th century. (



Alaine Hutton Performer
Elodie Monteau Performer
Dobrochna Zubek Performer

Creative Team

Coleen MacPherson Director
Dobrochna Zubek Music Development
Tatiana Judycka Music Development
Tatiana Judycka Dramaturge
Dobrochna Zubek Dramaturge
Helen Yung Set Designer
Helen Yung Costume Designer
Rebecca Picherack Lighting Designer
Yearime Castel Barragan Artistic Associate
Sallie Lyons Artistic Associate


Sasha Theodora Stage Manager
Viktor Lukawski Polish Translation Consultant
Kevin Yung Production Assistant
Rose Hopkins Producer
Piotr Kamiński French Translation
Clare Cavanagh English Translation
Stanislaw Barańcyk English Translation