TEATROMANIA is one of the Bytom Centre of Culture's most important projects and one of the most interesting theatre festivals in the south of Poland. Over the years we have consistently developed the form of the festival, enriching the programme from one festival to the next. Unlike many other theatre events, TEATROMANIA is open to everything intriguing in the world of theatre, rejecting conventional borders between genre, formal restrictions and self-imposed mental limitations. Another important feature is that TEATROMANIA presents performances that ask uncomfortable questions, break established conventions and look for new, original means of theatrical expression. The event is open to a wide stylistic variety, accommodating the presentation of both fringe and repertoir performances.
"Kartoteka" Teatr Współczesny, fot. Marcin Mazurowski, Teatromania 2000
TEATROMANIA is a festival with a varied history. The first five editions of the festival concentrated on Polish performances but since 2003 programmes have included many foreign guests. Among the many fantastic and acclaimed theatre companies that have taken part in TEATROMANIA so far are: LUME Teatro (Brazil), Sadari Movement Laboratory (South Korea), Pansori Project ZA (South Korea), Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio (Hong Kong), Clipa Theater (Israel), Eduardo Okamoto (Brazil), Familie Flőz (Germany), Fabrik Company (Germany), Derevo (Russia), Jo Strømgren Kompani (Norway), Theather Titanick (Germany), Acco Theatre Center (Israel), Aharona Israel Company (Israel), Home Made Ensemble (Israel), mala voadora (Portugal), Third Angel (UK), Delrevés (Spain), Wandering Orquestra (Spain),Divadlo Skutr (Czech Republic), Rotozaza (UK), Claire Cunningham (UK), George Dillon (UK), 30 Birds Productions (UK), John Moran (USA), Kamchatka (Spain), Junk Ensemble (Irland), Dylan Tighe (Irland), Teatr czarneNIEBObiałe (Russia), Teatr Novogo Fronta (Czech Republic/Russia), Teatr.DOC (Russia), Andrew Dawson (UK), Darren Johnston (UK), Geumhyung Jeong (South Korea), Teatr Montownia (Warsaw), Teatr Wierszalin (Supraśl), Teatr Biuro Podróży (Poznań), Teatr Porywacze Ciał (Poznań), Teatr Provisorium i Kompania Teatr (Lublin), Teatr Strefa Ciszy (Poznań), Teatr Ósmego Dnia (Poznań), Akademia Ruchu (Warsaw), Teatr Polski (Wrocław), Komuna Otwock, Teatr im. H. Modrzejewskiej (Legnica), Teatr KTO (Kraków), Teatr Dramatyczny (Wałbrzych), Teatr Rozmaitości (Warsaw), Teatr Narodowy Laboratorium Dramatu, Teatr Powszechny (Warsaw).
"Ketzal" Derevo, fot. Krzysztof Chrobak, Teatromania 2005
Our guest artists have come from Russia, the Czech Republic, Norway, Germany, Great Britain, Brazil, Ireland, Israel, South Korea, the USA, Iran, Canada, Hong Kong, Spain, Ukraine, Portugal, and of course Poland.
TEAROMANIA was first held in 1998, and over the 16 years since then there have been 166 performances presented at the festival, including 34 Polish premieres of foreign shows. It has been said that TEATROMANIA breaks fresh ground in theatre and presents the most interesting contemporary phenomena in the theatrical world. Performed for the first time in Poland at the TEATROMANIA festival in 2010, “7 ways" ("7 Ways") by Geumhyung Jeong from South Korea was included three years later in the programme of the Malta Festival in Poznan. "Etiquette" by the Rotozaza group, performed at TEATROMANIA in 2009, was later presented at the Tate Modern in London in 2013. The TEATROMANIA festival was also the first to present a performance by Jo Strømgren Kompani in Poland when in 2008 the company performed “The Society”.
"Etiquette", Rotozaza, fot. Seweryn Wrona, Teatromania 2009
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