SONG OF THE GOAT
Established in 1996 by Grzegorz Bral and Anna Zubrzycki, Song of the Goat Theatre (Teatr Pieśń Kozła) developed an international reputation as one of Europe’s most innovative training-based theatre companies. From its base in Wroclaw, Poland, the Company constantly developed its approaches and performances with the aim of unlocking theatre’s power to offer audiences a profound experience reaffirming their own sensitivity and humanity. Song of the Goat Theatre’s ever-evolving training, rehearsal and performance process were treated as laboratories, enabling the Company to research the craft of the actor and director and to evolve new techniques, performance languages and work. A distinctive element of the Company’s practice was a search for connection, meeting and openness as the seeds of authentic experience. This commitment to connection informed the development of each new training approach, which always sought to integrate movement, voice, song and text, creating performances with an inherent musicality and connection with the audience on a sensory level.
Now I am independently continuing the acting and pedagogical approach to actor training which I devised together with members of the Song of the Goat theatre. I have formed my own company: ‘Voices’, and I also collaborate with other artists, theatres and educational institutions. (Anna Zubrzycki)
In recognition of the Company’s unique pedagogical approach to developing performance, it was approached in 2004 by Manchester Metropolitan University to establish an MA Acting Programme (until 2012). Since its foundation, the MA Acting developed an international reputation as an excellent artistic development programme for actors and practitioners, which was completely unique to the European theatre training sector.
In 2012 Anna was Artistic Director of the Brave Festival – ‘Women Initiating’. The women artists she invited were powerfully rooted into the world of their ancestors. Their performances were an ‘axis mundi’, a glimmer into mystical traditions which were the fabric of their identity. She also invited women who had taken the initiative to transcend their social limitations, women who had said ‘no’ to negative stereotypes of age, colour, social conditioning and showed how traditional art has empowered them and is indeed a vehicle to freedom.
The festival was also a meeting of generations and their shared history was acknowledged in the ‘Women’s Forum’ ,where the visiting artists shared the stories of their lives, their families, and their engagement in transforming local communities. Wroclaw’s audiences had the opportunity to listen deeply and engage in discussions and be inspired by them. It was indeed a celebration of Women and their myriad voices.