Designed to run for 18 months, TABUROPA is an international research and theatre project on the topic of taboos that will be conducted in four selected countries: Portugal, Poland, Belgium and Germany. Based on their respective historical and cultural traditions, these four countries each stand for a different set of experiences in dealing with taboos and thus exemplify the diversity of Europe.

Artist Diary: written by Arco Renz during Research phase Warsaw

10 days of taburopa research in Warsaw, Poland

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DAY 1:

“TABOO is a strong prohibition imposed by society, originally under threat of supernatural punishment.”
– Wikipedia

DAY 2:

Bondage as an erotic practice is not a taboo.
The best subject is perhaps the worst.

DAY 3:

Taboos are contextual. In practice, they escape clear definition. Taboos are ever changing and there is no core taboo to which all taboos would relate.

DAY 4:

Hing ditskulai taboo rucken rucken ? mlan prin frintygo, shminn kamm limkotall pamp mouli muck yfiyrcyhugg???

DAY 5:

Nie Po to Rodzisz Sie na swiecie bys sam sobie kwiaty Rwak.
(You are not born into this world to pick up the flowers just alone and for yourself.)
– Polish Proverb

DAY 6:
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DAY 7:
Most taboos seem to relate to the body, sexuality, pleasure.

DAY 8:

How to experience “taboo” physically, rather than analyzing it externally.
Euphoria is a taboo when using Methcathinone + Manganese as a heroin substitute.

DAY 9:

“From the point of view of the milky way, we are all from the same village.”

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DAY 10:


A movement between body and mind, between individual freedom and society.

We investigate inner conflicts as a result of tensions that exist between the individual and the group, inner frictions that manifest through the body.

Since taboos are largely dependent on the social and cultural context that they belong to, rather than trying to analyze or represent these dependencies, we will from now on work with “taboos” as human physiological experiences in an experimental performance lab.