Today I met a woman from Russia working as a pianist at the opera house here in Wroclaw. She invited me to the performances and promised to introduce me to some of her queer friends in town (since that’s what my photo project is gonna be about). We had a coffee and she told me a lot about the world of opera, Russia and we talked about languages and the difficulties with borders. She had performances booked in England as a pianist, but got no visa for the whole period and had to cancel seven shows. After that no one dared to book her again – to advertise and put in money and organisation in a booked performance that might be canceled was too risky.
Tomorrow evening I will meet with a photographer in town who has said he might be able to help me finding people for my project. I’ve also moved to another couch surfing-host and we’ve just spent the evening together over tea and dinner. She is amazing. This can’t be anything else but an awesome week. Opera, queer and more sightseeing – I want to know every corner of Wroclaw.