Directed by Pawel Szkotak
Famed for its legendary street theatre production ‘Carmen Funebre’, which explored the detrimental impact of war on civilians, Polish company Teatr Biuro Podróży in collaboration with British actors presented recently their 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 to 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, reality exceeded imagination. We witness the phenomenon beyond any scale, which evokes concern and fear in Europe.