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„I shall go to some other land,
I shall go to some other sea. 

Another city there must be. 
My every effort here is wasted.
and my heart
—like a corpse—lies buried.
Wherever I turn my eye,
wherever I happen to look

I see the black ruins of my life.”

Silence
Konstandinos Kavafis

 

Famed for its legendary street theatre production, Carmen Funebre, which explored the detramental impact of war on civilians, Polish company Teatr Biuro Podrozy in collaboration with British actors present the world premiere of their newly commissioned sequel Silence. Physical theatre, fire, unusual staging, puppetry and music will pick up the continuing story of refugees and migrants caught up in a spiral of war, and the dream of escape.
In the context of carnage and cleansing happening daily in the Middle East, which results in mass exodus of people to the safe havens in Europe; Teatr Biuro Podróży asks why these people left their homes and exposed themselves for the dangers and humiliation of displacement. After Carmen Funebre, that told about the atrocities of war in Bosnia/Yugoslavia, it seemed impossible that anything worse can happen again. However the reality exceeded the imagination. We witness the phenomenon beyond any scale, which evokes concern and fear in Europe.
Teatr Biuro Podróży observes the situation from the vantage point of the residents of the besieged city. The performance heroes are the children - innocent witnesses of the death and violence - the victims of hunger and displacement. For these children and their future peace of mind, let`s try to put ourselves in their position for a while.

Reżyseria: Paweł Szkotak
Muzyka: Wiki Nowikow
Scenografia: Teatr Biuro Podróży, Magdalena Deput, Sławomir Kuśnierz
Aktorzy: Bartosz Borowski, Magdalena Dębicka, Aizah Khan / Natalia Klupp, Łukasz Kowalski, Jarosław Siejkowski, Marta Strzałko, Tomasz Wrzalik, Maciej Zakrzewski/Joshua Patel.

voices (premiere): Arthur Kees, Dora Kees, Rudy Kees

Światło: Łukasz Jata

 

          

 

The Stage, July 2016

Taking a very different approach to themes of war and the resulting displacement of people, Polish company Teatr Biuro Podrozy presents Silence. A large scale, high-concept spectacle, the production blends pyrotechnics, stilt-walking and abstract physicality, set to a soundtrack of yearning cello airs and jaggedly-industrial metal riffs.
Depicting a community carrying on normal lives during a nameless conflict, the show is full of haunting images. Child-sized mannequins articulated by the performers are cast as silent protagonists, and treated with touching tenderness as they play, dance, or flee in terror. A scene where they are evacuated from a dramatically burning structure feels frantic and genuinely dangerous.

The performance takes place beneath an illuminated sign quoting Auden’s Refugee Blues. "This city has ten million souls." It feels like a fitting motto for a diverse festival with an inclusive, international outlook.

 

Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, August 2016

Polish theatre company stunned the old ones and the young ones with their high-quality, open-air performance. The company presented the performance of „Silence in Troy” in the Old Market in Oberhausen. This is a memorable show and it proves that the perfect theatre is the one which fascinates, refers to the emotions and leaves the audience with the impression that they experienced something important and unique.
The story presents the reality. People experience war, they try to survive, and finally they cannot see other solution then refuge. „This couldn`t be more present” - said one of the spectators.
(...)
The history is transferred onto the theatre stage, and this allows us to watch it; the story becomes a fiction. As it is. But on the other hand it happens in reality.
This is the memorial for many million of people who have not been able to become „a refugee problem” in Europe.