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Polish Founder of Bral Acting Method Holds Budapest Workshop

In Budapest

Photo by Krzysztof Bielinski

The Song of the Goat Theater, a pioneering Polish company, will hold a three-day physical theater workshop in Budapest.

The workshop from March 25-27 will be on “coordination” exercises that focus on seeking the organic connection and integration of movement and imagination. Led by Grzegorz Bral and organized by the Sarolta Cultural and Public Space, the event will be hosted in the Keres Emil Rehearsal Hall of the Radnóti Theater at Andrássy út 31. The Polish Institute Budapest is sponsoring the workshop.

In addition to creating traditional rehearsal processes and theater performances, the Song of the Goat Theater, founded in 1996 in Wrocław, is committed to researching and innovating theater forms, acting and performance qualities.

According to the press publicity for the event, the company continues the tradition of Polish ensemble theater work and has created “a unique way of performing through a constant exploration of acting craft and vocal and movement technique.” Its actor training method integrates movement, sound, music and text.

“The company is noted as one of the most exciting and innovative in the new avant-garde theater movement in Poland,” the press release says.

Director and Educator

The workshop will be led by director and educator Grzegorz Bral, the founder and artistic director of Song of the Goat Theater and the Brave Festival in Wrocław and the pioneer of the Bral Acting Method.

He regularly holds workshops around the world; until 2012, he led the MA in Acting program in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, and since 2013 he has been teaching in partnership with the Bral School of Acting in London.

Artistic manager Alicja Bral will also participate in the training. She has been working as a dramaturg or literary adviser with Bral and Song of the Goat company composer Maciej Rychły since 2016.

The workshops run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and cost HUF 30,000. After the last day on March 27, a professional roundtable with Grzegorz Bral and invited Hungarian guests will take place at the Polish Institute of Budapest, 1065 Budapest, Nagymező u. 15. The discussion is free of charge.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of March 24, 2023.

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