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Teatr Biuro Podrozy's travels

Award winning Teatr Biuro Podrozy's touring schedule has taken them around the world.

Major international events where the company has performed Carmen Funebre include India's leading arts event, the Prithvi Theatre Festival, the Singapore Festival of Arts, South Korea and Expo 98 at Lisbon, Portugal.

After the enormous success of Carmen Funebre, TBP has performed a number of other shows both indoors and outdoors. demonstrating versatility and contrasting approaches.

An indoor show, Not of Us was premiered in the UK at the Highland Festival and the Arts Alive Festival in Coventry, among its 1998 engagements.

In 1999 the company premiered a new comedy Drink Vinegar Gentlemen at the Theatre Workshop during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

It also launched a new outdoor spectacle - Moonsailors - as a fin-de-siecle vision of a century which turned the Utopian dream of a technological world to save mankind into a nightmare of technological warfare.

One of the most talented and energetic new theatre groups to come out of Poland after liberalisation, the company lives up to its name (which translates as Travel Agency Theatre). Its itinerary has covered 28 countries across four continents since the company's major success in Edinburgh in 1995.

They have performed in dramatically contrasting settings from a factory yard and mediaeval cathedral ruins to a South American jungle clearing and a windswept Scottish mountainside.

Carmen Funebre provoked a profound audience response across a variety of cultures. The company's international reputation attracts media attention wherever it goes - (The Guardian listed them as one of the top street theatres in the world). Prominent in major events programmes, the striking image of TBP's giant warlords is a familiar feature on festival billboards.

The company's awards include Edinburgh's most coveted festival award, The Scotsman Hamada Prize and the latest show, Drink Vinegar Gentleman, based on the short stories of Russian absurdist writer Daniil Kharms, has already won Pawel Szkotak the Best Director award at the TaliA 98 Festival of Comedy in Tarnhow, Poland.

Countries visited include: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark,
England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Yugoslavia.

performed in English by Teatr Biuro Podrozy

This challenging performance has become a contemporary classic seen at festivals all over the world.

Based on the personal testimonies of victims of the Bosnian conflict, it is a moving exploration of the way in which violence and hatred can consume a divided people. Employing symbolism to tell the universal story of war and the human tragedy which inevitably accompanies it, this outdoor night time performance includes sinister masked figures on stilts and makes extensive use of fire. It portrays scenes of rape and torture, robbery and humiliation.

This production of Carmen Funebre was warmly received at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival receiving both The Scotsman Fringe First and The Scotland on Sunday Critics Award and subsequently the prestigious Hamada Prize in 1996. It has been performed in 27 countries on four continents, bringing Teatr Biuro Podrozy remarkable prominence outside Poland, living up to the name which translates as Travel Agency Theatre.

Cast: Marta Strzalko, Marta Wiktoria Marchin, Slawomir Dadej, Marcin Liber, Adam Pierzchalski, Kuba Pierzchalski, Jaroslaw Siejkowski, Wojciech Winski, director Pawel Szkotak.
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