|The scene of this project is the railway
line between Divača and Istria threatened with closure. Today the
service only goes as far as Rakitovec on the Slovenian-Croatian border.
Built 120 years ago, it once linked the Austrian empire with the major imperial
and royal naval port of Pula, now ending in the middle of nowhere on the
Schengen border. As such, the railway line reflects the demise of the monarchy
as much as the disintegration of Yugoslavia and thus the instability of
political systems. The landscape along the line amplifies the image of decline:
it is a barren, karstic tract of land with a handful of practically deserted
villages which appear to have fallen out of time.
|Amidst this melancholy landscape
called the »karst edge«, the international theatre company TROTAMORA
sets a dramatic counterpoint. They tell the story of a wealthy and (to begin
with) carefree party of tourists just travelling around who soon find themselves
faced with social poverty and the anger of the exploited, finally having
to endure a veritable gauntlet run. The posh excursion train falls foul
of one ambush after another, and in the end gets literally smoked out. The
antagonists and opponents of the »wealthy« include »forced
labourers«, »flagellants«, »Indians«, »criminals«,
»guerrillas« and »starving rebels«.
|A macabre odyssey on the surface,
TRAIN OF JUSTICE not only focuses
on different scenarios of violence as the result of so- cial injustice,
but also on utopias of equality and fraternity and their possible actuality
in the current financial crisis. In this way, we see the dramatic, drastic
images on stage contrast with quiet moments of contemplation and reflection.
Stylistic devices include action scenes familiar from various westerns and
road movies, satirically exaggerated, historical and contemporary political
texts combined to form dialogues, and poetical imagery and sequences of
music that leave the audience – which is part of the tour group –
room for association. Also part of the plot as »supers« are
the local railwaymen (who provide and staff a separate excursion train)
and the local population.