Eight characters lost in the city, each carrying their own suitcase.
Passers-by or immigrants? Naïve and curious, their emotions are
barely contained, they know nothing about our norms, our rules and
our way of life. The game they play is so subtle it could be mistaken
Seen in 27 countries with more than 400 performances since 2007,
Kamchàtka is contemporary street theatre which prances over
frontiers and twirls our humanity in a waltz.
Kamchàtka is an artist collective of diverse nationalities and disciplines who’s members first met in Barcelona in 2006. Driven by the same interests and concerns and under the artistic direction of Adrian Schvarzstein, they started training intensely in group improvisation on the streets of Barcelona and researched the subject of immigration. Barcelona… an ideal city for confronting a society laden with contradictions and immersed in profound problems of integration.
In March 2007 they performed their show “Kamchàtka” for the first time, a show which after impressing producers and being critically acclaimed in the 2007 FiraTàrrega festival went on to become an international success, performing more than 400 times in 27 different countries, winning the grand jury prize for best show in the MiramirO International Street Arts Festival in Gent (Belgium) in 2008.
In 2009 the company created an indoor production, as part of Barcelona’s Grec festival, together with the city’s symphonic orchestra: “Music for Wild Beasts”, a show which succeeded in bringing classical music closer to audiences of all ages.
In 2010 they premiered a new production in FiraTàrrega: “Habitaculum”, which continues their work on the issue of human migration. “Habitaculum” has been performed in numerous festivals across the globe, in places as diverse as the Arctic Arts Festival in Harstad, Norway and Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), in Mishima, Japan.
In 2014 they complete their ‘immigration trilogy’ with their third street theatre production: “Fugit”. A show which after several appearances in venues across Europe has gone on to be shown and receive accolades worldwide in places such as Moscow, Russia and in festivals such as Mirada in Brasil and Cielos del Infinito in Chile.
In an attempt to share its research work and unique theatrical language, developed in over 10 years of investigation, the company has also developed “Migrar”, a workshop aimed at anyone who has an interest in theatrical improvisation in public space and in the topic of immigration.
In March 2016 a unique musical adaptation of “Fugit” was conceived and performed, with the participation of live musicians, in Zamus, Cologne, Germany.
The company is currently working on a range of diverse projects and site specific adaptations of its shows:
“The Trilogy”, “Ex-Libris” and “The Kamchàtka Journey”, all this while continuing to perform its repertoire in venues and festivals worldwide.
15 June 2018
Starting point: Patrick's street @ Opera Lane
Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork Ireland
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