My concept for the staging and choreography of Castor et Pollux at Warszawska Opera Kameralna
is inspired by a reading of the libretto through the lens of esoteric astronomy, interpreting the myth
of the origin of the Gemini constellation as a metaphor of the personal journey of man from the
darkness of doubt and error, to the conquest of a godlike status: complete human awareness, acquired
through the harmonisation of contrasting inner forces. Pollux turns to his omnipotent father Jupiter
after Castor’s death, only to find out that he can’t help him: he must set out alone on the initiatory
path that will eventually reunite him with his brother, through the pain of renunciation, but also with
the sweet awareness of receiving greater good in return. Born as brothers, Castor and Pollux are
united as twins: the mortal and the divine part of man unite when full personal realisation is achieved.
The main characters are portrayed as the Tarot Major Arcana, a meditation system and a tool to
investigate relationships and thoughts, connected with astrology and filled with wisdom from
multiple cultures and esoteric traditions. Their sequence represents a path to spiritual self-awareness
and the various stages in the quest for greater human meaning and understanding.
Castor is associated to The Hangman, representing self-denial, acceptance of personal sacrifice,
disinterest, submission to duty, a Moon-Venus influence and the zodiac sign Pisces. Pollux-The
Magician is his counterpart; seen as Aries in the Zodiac, he represents the starting point of action, a
Mercurian influence, dexterity, eloquence, generosity and restless energy. Télaïre, daughter of the
Sun, embodies The Stars: this card evokes a Sun-Venus influence, the Aquarius zodiac sign,
immortality, hope, human love in all its beauty, trust in fate, realisation through order and harmony.
Her sister Phoebé is The Moon, also associated with Pisces and pointing at darkness, agitated
consciousness, errors of the senses, deceptions, disappointment, jealousy, troubled and passionate
feelings resulting in disorder. Jupiter is The Pope, corresponding to the zodiac sign Taurus. He is a
dispenser of intellectual, moral and physical laws and logical solutions; this card represents a Jovian
influence and powerful feelings, solid affections without sentimentality, as well as duty and morale.
Mercure is portrayed as Temperance. This gentle card is associated with Sagittarius as the arcane of
conciliation, encounter, balance, transformation and healing, pouring universal harmony over
An alternating dialectic is established in every act, when the dramatic tension momentarily loosens
in the choreographic divertissement. The dancers initially represent the inhabitants of Sparta and
different aspects of brotherly relations, as well as the reactions of society to the beginning of the story.
Later, they transform into the characters that meet Pollux and Castor during their initiatory path
towards reunion. In the final chaconne, they embody planets and zodiac signs, according to the
I have joined historical gesture and baroque dance with Tanztheater, in order to create a stage
language that is specific for this production, aiming to use deep knowledge of historical sources
towards a new, personal, historically informed style in acting and dancing.
Deda Cristina Colonna