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Discover the work of Polish artist Tadeusz Kantor, one of the most extraordinary and versatile artists of the 20th century. An Impossible Journey presents the exceptional breadth of his work, recreating the most spectacular shows of his theatre Cricot 2: "The Dead Class" (1975) and "Wielopole Wielopole" (1980).

Born in Galicia, Poland, at the start of the First World War, Kantor worked in Krakow, where he died shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Painter, stage-designer and accomplished draftsman, as well as performer and poet, Kantor made his name as a man of the avant-garde theatre.

Combining virtually all artforms, he mesmerised audiences all over the world, including in Edinburgh and London, with his dark performances of a rare emotional intensity, which mixed the traumatic with the absurd, the personal with the historical, the living with the dead, actors with mannequins.

An Impossible Journey features theatrical objects, mannequins and drawings, alongside archival films of Kantor's productions, as well as stage designs and paintings.

Exhibition supported by: Arts Council/lotteryNorfolk and Norwich FestivalCricoteka

An Impossible Journey is a collaboration between the Sainsbury Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Cricoteka (Krakow) and Jo Melvin.

An Impossible Journey
The Art and Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor