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4 Aug 2006 00:00 - 28 Aug 2006 00:00

SCLAVI /The Song of an Emigrant/

Internationally acclaimed production of Czech physical theatre company at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


2006 marks the XXth annual Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. Over the course of its existence, the Edinburgh Fringe has earned a reputation of presenting some of the most provocative and progressive theatre and dance projects from all over the world.


This year, the dance-theatre-music project Farm in the Cave will present its award-winning production during the three week event.



Farm in the Cave: SCLAVI /The Song of an Emigrant/

August 4 - 28, 2006



Preview Aug 4-5: 11:00(1hr) £7.50
Aug 7,9-10,14,16-17,21,23-24: 11:00(1hr) £10.00
Aug 6,11-13,18-20,25-28: 11:00(1hr) £12.00


"Primitive energy overflowing on the stage, the enchanting rhythm washing over the spectators," Didaskalia, Poland


Sclavi/ The Song of an Emigrant is a massive stream of polyphonic emigrant songs broken by raw physical actions, galloping performers creating a hectic dream of an anonymous Slovak migrant who just returned home. “Though he has returned to his homeland, he will always be an emigrant”.


This is not just a story but what they have experienced. Many members of the company including the director, Viliam Dočolomanský are Slavic and more or less refugees in Prague. Based on field research the company carried out in the villages of Eastern Slovakia, fragments of songs, testimonies and authentic letters of emigrants are brought into the production as an alarming voice up to date.  In this beautifully staged production, those haunting polyphonic and ritual songs from Slovakia and the Ukraine are fused with raw physical actions to create the poignant story of a Slovak migrant. Taking its title from the Latin word “Sclavi” which denotes both Slavs and slaves, Sclavi / The Song of an Emigrant captures the essence of what it means to be imprisoned by ones identity in a world where to this day Slavs are still used as a cheap source of labour.


One of the Czech Republic’s leading theatre companies, Farm in the Cave International Studio was founded in 2001 after the company members‘ reaserch trip to Lorca’s family farm in Andalusia, Daimuz, which can be translated into, literally‚ ‘Farm in the Cave‘. Led by Viliam Dočolomanský, Farm in the Cave strives for a physical and musical articulation of that which cannot be expressed by other means; particularly stories of human fragility such as thirst for love and search for identity, the very basics of human condition but which seem never fulfilled.


Focused on creation, development, and research of lost or/and minority cultures, the company looks for a contemporary physical presentation of memory and identity using the body of the actor as the soil or unknown landscape s/he inherited.


The company is now working with diverse international artists through collaborations and workshops in Prague, as a residential company of Svandovo Theatre.


Come and find out why thousands audiences have given standing ovations to this show!  











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30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


From: 4 Aug 2006 00:00
To: 28 Aug 2006 00:00


Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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