Idyllusion is an attempt to challenge with artistic and scientific strategies, the questions concerning the presence of reality/fiction in our lives: What is the difference between an illusion, hallucination, delusion and the reality? In which of these actually we live and make changes? Are we able to distinguish them? Can the convincing illusion be a good enough reason to take real action? In other words, can fiction create “reality”? 

These questions arose in the context of the dynamic development of neuroscience, which is increasingly stating that the mind is trying to reconstruct the perceived reality by actually exchanging one hallucination over the other. Postmodern philosophy also undermines the ontological basis of the world focusing on repetitions (Delezue, Derrida, Foucault) or simulacra (Baudrillard) and finally, technological development seems to be moving towards increasing virtualization of life and necessity of post-humanistic approaches.

Forced to move between parallel realities, each of which is equally true, we need to think about how to shape the relationships between them and how human activities in one can affect the other. If these are different variations of the non-reality that we actually live in, we should know what rules govern them and create our own, safe idyllusion. 

Outstanding American neuroscientist Vilayanur Subramanian “Rama” Ramachandran wrote that perception can be actually understood as a personal hallucination that best fits the incoming data. In Idyllusion we are seek for a method to choose the most pleasant one. Every scene is a training of transforming hallucinations into an illusion, worth believing.

And all their minds transfigured so together,
More witnesseth than fancy's images
And grows to something of great constancy;
But, howsoever, strange and admirable.

W. Shakespeare“The Midsummer’s Night Dream"

Directed by: Tomasz Ciesielski

Choreography: Team

Dancing: Ilona Gumowska, Radek Hoffman, Tomasz Ciesielski

Music: Jakub Pałys

Vocal: Zofia Prucnal and dancers

Drum: Michał Klama

Bas: Robert Horvath

Costumes and stage design: Julia Estera


April 9, 2017, Factory of Art in Lodz