KTO theatre from Poland presents Peregrinus: a contemporary mobile theatre performance at Tbilisi International Theatre Festival. His world is a “digital” civilization: a sad and at the same time absurd place, where consumerism becomes a dominant religion.
The KTO Theatre was established in 1977. It’s first production was “The Garden of Delight”. Its first ten performances, closed to the general public, were attended by just a few hundred people. A year later, after being censored, this grew to nearly three thousand people in Krakow and other Polish cities.
The statistics look considerably different now, in the company’s 39th year of operation: over 30 productions (50 in fact, if we also count the shows prepared for special occasions) performed indoors and outdoors in Poland and around the world have been attended by over 2 million people. The group has visited nearly 250 cities in over 40 countries on 5 continents.It has made over 180 overseas trips, visiting Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Iran, the USA, South Korea and almost all the countries in Europe. It has taken part in prestigious festivals in Seoul, Bogota, New York, St Petersburg, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Tirana, Edinburgh, Minsk and Kiev.
The KTO Theatre has co-created a number of spectacular open-air shows related to the most important events in the history of Europe and Poland.
Among those there were “De la Revolution”, Lille 1989 – a production prepared on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution (approx. 21 000 viewers), “The Refugees”, Leipzig 2009 – a theatre installation prepared on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (120 000 viewers), “The Polish Chronicle”, Krakow 2004 – a show put on to celebrate Poland’s accession to the EU (60 000 viewers).
Since January 2005 the KTO Theatre has had the status of a municipal theatre in Krakow. For 38 years now the company has been managed by its current director Jerzy Zon.