“BURDEN” tells the story of the rise of the hero throughout this COVID-19 crisis. The hero, in this case, being the medical workers that helped our whole society get through this in the best way they possibly could.
Those heroes didn’t choose this role. This role was given to them by necessity. Medical workers all over the world worked extra hours, while fearing for their own lives and the lives of their loved ones. They mostly feel obligated to just keep going, even though their PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) became more and more improvised, and assumingly less safe over time.
This performance is an active warning to everyone who is now carelessly getting back to their old, social lives. Ignoring the 6ft rule, getting together in large groups of people, assuming the worst is over now. We don’t know that it is. That’s why it’s so important to keep in mind that those heroes we keep talking about, are also just people trying to get through this. If we all just stop taking this as seriously as we did, then it’s those heroes that are left to pick up the pieces and get hit the hardest. Again. It will remain questionable whether they’ll be able to handle this again. The term hero will, in that case, no longer be relevant, as they will become victims of our lack of sympathy and understanding.
Burden is part of the upcoming quarantine film Excelsior, where different artists around the world respond to the Covid-19 Crisis.