Excellence Award for Jarosław Fret

Jarosław Fret has been awarded Premiu de escelenţă/Excellence Award for an adaptation "Krapp's Last Tape" by Samuell Beckett during UNDERCLOUD - Festival de Teatru Independent de Orice.

Islam Pilpani, photo Magdalena Mądra

Farewell of Islam Pilpani

On the 12th of March 2017, our dearest friend and song teacher, Islam Eptime Pilpani died at the age of 83. We met him fot the very first time 17 years ago in Swanetii (Georgia). Thanks to him, we've learned many great Swan and Georgian songs, and most of all, the tradition of Zar, a funeral singing tradition, which belongs to the oldest traditions around the world.

Simona Sala in Armine, Sister. Photo Maciej Zakrzewski

Armine, Sister in 2017

This year 102 years will pass since the tragic events of the year 1915. Teatr ZAR with the project Armine, Sister, dedicated to the history and culture of Armenian people and their near-extermination at the beginning of the 20th century will continue the uneasy task of bringing back the memory of Armenian Genocide to the world. Presentations of Armine, Sister performance in Poland, Europe and USA will be accompanied with concerts by invited to the project musicians, seminars, workshops, film screenings and debates, which will be included into programme aimed to remind and commemorate the victims of Holocaust, which Turkey and other countries still do not want to recognise. Presentations of Armine, Sister will be important events in the context of the struggle for human rights against the socio-political changes of the modern world and a definite voice to the general acceptance of violence. 

Matej Matejka in Anhelli. The Calling performance (phot. Irena Lipińska)

Jarosław Fret and Kamila Klamut talk about the work of Teatr ZAR

Breaking Muse 2016.

Aleksandra Kotecka and Tomasz Wierzbowski in Armine, Sister (phot. Irena Lipińska)

Aleksandra Kotecka and Tomasz Wierzbowski in Armine, Sister (phot. Irena Lipińska)

Armine, Sister - trailer

Excerpts from Armine, Sister performance, clip created within PIEŚŃ PAMIĘCI/SINGING IN EXILE/CHŒURS EN EXIL, a documentary film project directed by Nathalie Rossetti and Turi Finocchiaro.

Premiere of the film took place during the international festival Visions du Réel 2015 in Nyon, France, Polish premiere was on the 28 April 2015 in the Dolnośląskie Centrum Filmowe in Wrocław.

More about the film

phot. Karol Jarek

phot. Karol Jarek


The action performed by butoh dancer Daisuke Yoshimoto according to the concept of Jarosław Fret is a question, how can a performer bear witness and become a testimony of events that are outside his experience? The performative action is a manifestation of the new domain of Teatr ZAR's work: Witness/Action. It was presented in Wroclaw in the days of Armine, Sister premiere in November 2013: 13-17 and in April 2015: 22-27.

Medeas. On Getting Across in October

Medeas is an unbroken sequence of actors’ actions and installations that coalesce into a poetic vision of rejection. The musical dramaturgy is built around Arabic, Persian and Kurdish songs sung by guest singers from Cairo, Tehran and Istanbul. Their voices are surrounded and contrasted with a sea of Latin confraternities. Medeas is a music-based performance, but words are also present. Greek poet Dimitris Dimitriadis wrote a poem/choral for us called I Anthropos.

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