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Biography

Teatr Pieśń Kozła (Song of the Goat Theatre) has been hailed as the most exciting and innovative of the new Avant-garde theatre movement in Poland. Its performance ‘Chronicles – a lamentation’ won the Best International Show Edinburgh 2004, the Scotsman Fringe First, the Herald Angel at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2004 (August 2004), the Grand Prix at Poland’s prestigious Festival of Acting in Kalisz (May 2003), was invited to LaMaMa Theatre (April 2004), and was part of the program commemorating of Odin Teatret’s 40th Anniversary.

The Pieśń Kozła Company continues the long tradition of Polish ensemble theatre work and, through its dedication to ongoing research in the actors craft and its vocal and movement techniques has created a unique performance style.

Grzegorz Bral and Anna Zubrzycki founded the Piesn Kozla Theatre in 1996. The company spent its first four years in residence at the Jerzy Grotowski Centre for Theatre culture Research, in Wroclaw, Poland. Since 2002 the company has its own studio space – the refectory of a 14th century monastery in the heart of Wroclaw. The Piesn Kozla Theatre is an international ensemble company with members from the UK, Sweden, Norway and France as well as Poland and draws young performers from all over the world to participate in its extensive artistic and pedagogical program. It organizes workshops regularly over the year, teaching its own unique approach to the actor’s craft. Its pedagogical work is the subject of an MA and postgraduate diploma in acting for the Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre which the company runs in its studio in Wroclaw.

Piesn Kozla is an independent self-supported theatre company, collaborating with and receiving support from the Wroclaw City Council, the Polish National Department of Culture and private sponsorship. Piesn Kozla Theatre collaborates with other artistic groups and pedagogical institutions on both a national and international level.

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