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International Theatre Festival
KONTAKT in Torun, Poland
in May 2012

For the second time Tatiana Chouljenko (Atrium’s artistic director) attended as a guest and observer the International Theatre Festival KONTAKT on behalf of Atrium Theatre Company. The 21st edition of the festival took place in Torun, Poland in May 2012.

KONTAKT has hundreds international attendees, presenters and producers from all over the world (Germany, Ireland, England, USA, Japan, South Korea, Hungary, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Russia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, Slovakia and so on). This is one of the most renowned European festivals subsidized by EU and Government of Poland not to mention other regional funding.

KONTAKT presented Atrium’s artistic director with an opportunity to meet with foreign presenters and generated interest in our work. As a result Atrium is given an opportunity to be a part of KONTAKT 2014 and present its work in Europe. It is our hope to bring international recognition to Canadian theatre and Canadian artists and part of our larger plan to develop new audiences and markets in Europe.

 
Torun, Poland, May 2012   Hotel Gromada, Torun, Poland

The atmosphere at the festival was friendly and creative. After each show there was a meeting and discussion with company members and press.

   
Teatr Wilama Horzycy, festival theatre   B.Silina (Latvian Centre of ITI), J.Oleradzka (KONTAKT, festival Director)   O.Pivovarov (Theatre Life Magazine), Moscow, Russia, T.Chouljenko (Atrium)
         
   
T.Chouljenko (Atrium), R.Rastauskas, (RORA, worldpress. Lithuania)   L-R: T.Chouljenko (Atrium), N.Ambots (Teatra Vestnesis, Latvia), B.Silina (Latvian Center of ITI, UNESCO)   T.Chouljenko (Atrium), E.Wiegand (Germany)



 

International Theatre Festival "Slavija" in Belgrade, Serbia
in March 2011

From thousands of international entrants, Atrium Theatre was one of ten companies selected to perform at “Slavija’s” 10th International Theatre Festival.

As with the previous festival Atrium attended in Bulgaria, Atrium performed Chekhov for Two; it was the first Canadian theatre selected to perform at “Slavija”; and, it was the smallest company to participate.

“Slavija" is the largest theatre festival sponsored solely by private funding in Eastern Europe. “Slavija” has helped identify international talent and present it to Eastern Europe’s theatre community. This allowed Atrium Theatre another opportunity to introduce Canadian work to Eastern European audiences and increase Atrium’s visibility on the international stage.

Chekhov for Two was performed on the 15th of March. It was very well received at “Slavija”. A brief introduction and statement of welcome was made by Julie Grgar immediately prior to the performance in both English and Serbian.

 
  L-R: Gordon Bolan, Ljiliana Zarkovich, Batric Zarkovic (producers of Slavija Festival), Edward Zinoviev

The audience at “Slavija” consisted solely of theatre professionals (directors, playwrights, critics, producers) and dignitaries. Also in attendance at Chekhov for Two was Olgica Marinkovic, Academic and Cultural Relations Officer from the Canadian Embassy in Belgrade.

This festival was another milestone event in Atrium’s history as only its second international event in the new touring era.

The atmosphere at the festival was extremely warm and friendly. We saw a diversity of works of distinguished European companies and brought home a wealth of experience.

   
Slavija Festival, Belgrade, E.Zinoviev and G.Bolan in Chekhov for Two   E.Zinoviev, G.Bolan in Chekhov for Two, Belgrade, March 15, 2011   G.Bolan, E.Zinoviev in Chekhov for Two, Belgrade, Serbia, March 15, 2011
         
     
    After the show, Belgrade, March 15, 2011    



International Theatre Festival "At the Coast"

 

G.Bolan, T.Chouljenko, E.Zinoviev in front of the festival theatre in Burgas

With the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts Atrium Theatre was able to attend the International Theatre Festival "At the Coast" in Burgas, Bulgaria in September 2010.

Atrium Theatre was selected to perform Chekhov for Two. Atrium is the first Canadian theatre selected for the festival and was the smallest company in attendance. Where our group consisted of a Director, two Actors and a Lighting Designer, other companies participating in the festival had somewhere in the vicinity of thirty staff not including the cast.

"At the Coast" is one of the most renowned Bulgarian and Eastern European theatre festivals. Historically, it has helped theatre companies develop devoted audiences.

This excellent opportunity allowed Atrium Theatre to introduce Canadian work to Eastern Europe, and increase our visibility on the international stage.

   
The theatre where we performed   Edward Zinoviev and Gordon Bolan before the show   E.Zinoviev, N.Morozov, G.Bolan
         
       
    L-R: G.Bolan, T.Chouljenko, B.Chakrinov (Artistic Producer for the Festival), S.Tereshin (program director from Moscow), E.Zinoviev    
         

Chekhov for Two was performed on the 10th of September. It was well received by the European audience (and one lone Canadian living, in Burgas, who was thrilled to see a Canadian production in Bulgaria).

This festival was a milestone in Atrium’s history as its first international event and the beginning of the new touring era.
                    
The atmosphere at the festival was extremely warm and friendly. We saw a diversity of works of distinguished European companies and brought home a wealth of experience.

 

 
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