A legend of Polish theatre and renowned throughout Europe, T8D's work goes back to the roots of Polish alternative theatre, to Jerzy Grotowski and Tadeusz Kantor. The core of the ensemble came together in the buzzing late 1970s in direct contact with the student movement in Poland. One of the key features of the theatre is life in a strong artistic commune. T8D has always set out to produce engaged and aggressive theatre. After General Jaruzelski declared martial law T8D's members went underground and were eventually forced to emigrate. On their return to Poland, they established a very active centre of alternative culture in their home town of Poznań.
Over the thirty years of its existence Teatr Ósmego Dnia has staged more than forty premieres. Despite the various difficulties it has had to face, the theatre has performed in almost all-European countries and in Mexico. It managed to acquire its own premises in Poznań in March 1992, quickly becoming one of the most important centres of alternative culture in Poland.
"The Ark" reminds us that we live in an era of fugitives, wanderers, vagabonds, and nomads, who, traversing continents, warm their souls with reminiscences of home. Its symbol in the production is a great, large-winged ship - a multi-level, mobile stage. Brought to life by the presence of actors, shining with its metallic sails, and glitteringly changing its shape in the spotlight - the ship moves amidst the audience so as to finally spread its purple sails and produce a lasting image of indefatigable wanderers heading for the Promised Land.