Directed by Grzegorz Bral
Composer: Jean-Claude Acquaviva, Maciej Rychly
Photographer - Karol Jarek AND Zbigniew Warzynski
Anu Salonen, Monika Dryl, Julianna Bloodgood, Emma Bonnici, Ilenia Cipollari, Kacper Kuszewski, Rafał Habel, Gabriel Gawin, Paolo Garghentino, Łukasz Wójcik, Maciej Rychły
Songs of Lear is a non-linear dramatic event that shows the world of subtle energies and rhythms that govern Shakespeare’s tragedy. The ensemble members have chosen crucial scenes from King Lear to weave a story out of gestures, words and music. Each song is a starting point for another ‘dramatic poem’. Here the music becomes character, relationships and events. The creative process has been divided into several phases: preparation of the concert, dramatizing the songs (an oratorio), creating movement and visual structures, integrating text, music and movement and finally molding the performance into a mature shape. Songs of Lear is a constantly evolving creative research project in which audience may witness a very intimate artistic process.
Songs of Lear had its international premiere during Fringe Festival in Edinburgh in August 2012, where it received three prestigious awards: Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Archangel and Musical Theatre Matters Special Award. Songs of Lear was also the highest ranking performance in Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012
Songs of Lear seems to have already passed into legend even though it’s only a work in progress.
Songs Of Lear by Teatr Piesn Kozła (Song Of The Goat Theatre) of Wrocław –is one of the most profoundly moving theatre productions I have ever experienced.
This is essence of Lear, desiccated and condensed; sensed rather than watched and absorbed until it hasn’t just got under your skin, but right into your bone marrow.
Songs of the Goat create an ensemble that breathes together, infusing their work with a tightly disciplined energy that can be, in turn, raw and highly sophisticated. Their precision binds all of this into an impressive piece that lingers after the performers have bowed (to standing ovations) and the sweltering space has cleared, so that Songs of Lear continue to reverberate within you.
A Young theatre:
This wasn’t just song, this was untapped raw emotion.
This is a very special piece of theatre that carried me away emotionally with the beauty of its sound. I can’t really do it justice – just go see it, hear it, feel it.
Duration - 65 minutes
Established in 1996 by Grzegorz Bral and Anna Zubrzycki, Song of the Goat Theatre (Teatr Pieśń Kozła) has developed an international reputation as one of Europe’s most innovative training-based theatre companies, committed to researching what makes theatre distinctive to other art-forms. Song of the Goat Theatre’s ever-evolving training, rehearsal and performance process are treated as laboratories, enabling the Company to research the craft of the actor and director and to evolve new techniques, performance languages and work. This commitment to connection informs the development of each new training approach, which always seeks to integrate movement, voice, song and text, creating performance that has an inherent musicality and connects with the audience on a sensory level.
Through this training-based theatre, the Company continues to enrich not only its own practice and performance, but also to invest in the artistic development of the actors and practitioners it collaborates with. Song of the Goat Theatre has developed a major profile for the quality and distinctiveness of its pedagogical work, which is an integrated part of the Company’s approach – a way to enrich as well as to disseminate its own practice. The Company delivers a thriving Summer Workshop Village programme to international actors and practitioners, which provide a practical insight into the Company’s training-based theatre approach.
The artistic value of the Company has been widely recognised, including several prestigious awards (Scotsman Fringe First 2012 and Herald Archangel 2012 for Songs of Lear, Scotsman Fringe First 2004, and Herald Angel 2004 for Chronicles – a lamentation).