chodzenie 09

Chodzenie 09 was a series of performative events organised for The Polish Arts Festival in Southend, 2009. Chodzenie's inspiration was the journey of the Polish captives of war from Poland to Siberia and then to Iran during WWII. 30 Bird organised six contemporary events to mark the encounter between the two cultures: The Lost Requiem, Droga, My Club,  Live football: Poland v Iran, Chodzenie-Siberia and Poland 3 Iran2.


In the performance Chodzenie-Siberia, 30 Bird combined their unique visual approach with an exciting blend of contemporary dance choreographed by Tom Dale, a conference of diners and a landscape of film imagery. The audience were invited into a re-imagined, forgotten world full of broken narratives written on place cards and diners eating their way through Pierogi with Borst and Sholeh Zard (Saffron rice pudding). Performers  appeared and disappeared from amongst the audience reflecting the transient nature of long journeys carrying with them a sense of restriction and Claustrophobia experienced by Poles who were carted like sheep to Siberia from Poland.


2009 was the first proper outing of Chodzenie-Siberia which went on to develop for another two years in Chodzenie 10 and as an independent project at the Imagine-Watford Festival in 2011.



Performers: Betsabeh Emran, Katryn Jackson, Donald Slack, Pepa Ubera

Director: Mehrdad Seyf

Choreographer: Tom Dale

Dance Director: Ryen Perkins-Gangnes

Film Artist: Stuart Condy

Spatial Designer: Torange Khonsari (public works)

Lighting Designer: Anna Watson

Lighting Assistant: Jack Knowles

Event Manager: Colin Priest

Stage Manager: Laura Miles

Company Manager: Philipa Karpas


Funded by Arts Council England, Polish Cultural Institute and Southend Council.
Supported by Hungry Arts.



For Droga, Polish born performance and visual artist Ania Bas led walks in and around Southend with collaborators Laura Trevail and John Alexander Borley, inspired by the rounding up of Polish citizens from their houses by the Soviet Army. The Polish citizens were given a very short amount of time to pack essentials only and board a train. The walks explore the moment of arrival to the new place.


The walks involved carrying bags filled with sand through Southend and onto its man made beach. Participants explored the city with its various characteristics, stopped for breaks in different locations and finally deposited the sand on the beach.


Droga emulates the Situationist notion of discovering a city through walking without mapping out a detailed pre-determined journey, allowing the architecture and structure of the city to reveal and present itself to the passer by.


Artists: Ania Bas, Laura Trevail, John Borley Alexander

The Lost Requiem


A very rare screening of an extraordinary film about the Polish men, women and children who were brought to Iran during World War Two.

Khosrow Sinai's film tells the tale of one Polish family in Tehran and follows the lives of Polish children who were sent to New Zealand after the war.


Director: Khosrow Sinai

Poland 3 Iran 2


In 1976, the best ever Polish Football team played against arguably the best ever Iranian football team in the Montreal Olympics. This match featured the world renowned players Tomaszewski, Lato and Deyna as well as the great Ali Parvin for Iran, nicknamed "The Sultan". Such a clash of talent led to a memorable game with Poland edging to a 3-2 win against Iran and going on to gain the Silver medal.


In a humorous presentation, Chris Dobrowolski and Mehrdad Seyf use footage from the match to discuss football, revolution, swimming and subbuteo.


2009 was Poland 3 Iran 2's first outing. The piece was selected for Escalator East to Edinburgh 2010. It had a three week run at Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a national and international tour.


Created and Perfomed by: Mehrdad Seyf and Chris Dobrowolski



Funded by Arts Council England, Polish Cultural Institute and Southend Council.
Supported by Hungry Arts.