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Schubert. A Romantic Composition on Twelve Actors and a String Quartet

DATE   TIME   PLACE
13 December 2016
13 December 2016
  15:00
21:00
  Laznia Nowa Theatre — Main Stage
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Directed by:

Magda Szpecht

Author

Szymon Adamczak

DURATION

110 min.

Tickets

30/50 pln

Magda Szpecht’s play doesn’t tell the life story of the romantic composer Franz Schubert, but fragments and excerpts from his journal are projected onstage, revealing the existential pain and suffering of the artist, who died at the young age of 31. The audience listens to his most famous and acclaimed piece, “Death and the Maiden”, with a modern commentary composed by Wojtek Blecharz. Six students from the Senior University participate in the show, each of them with an alter ego and a “performative shadow”, played by a professional actor, hence the titular twelve performers. This formally simple strategy suggests additional subtexts and meanings, juxtaposing youth and senility, turning into a musical fable on the ruthless passing of time. Meanwhile a string quartet of Lower Silesia philharmonic musicians plays a slightly different part here than usual. Szpecht juxtaposes professionalism with the amateur choreography of a group of elderly people, further breaking the conventions of a traditional biographical piece. She tells a story about the power of music, stronger than any generation gap, through Schubert and his work.

Producent: Jerzy Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych/OLD MINE Science and Art Center

Recommended by CoJestGrane 24

Team

Directed by Magda Szpecht

Dramaturgy by Szymon Adamczak

Set design and Costumes by Zuza Golińska

Set design consultant: Małgosia Golińska

Music by Franz Schubert, Wojtek Blecharz

Choreography: Paweł Sakowicz

Assistant director: Radosław Mirski

Stage Manager: Iwona Skiba

Cast

Sara Celler-Jezierska, Karolina Krawiec, Rozalia Mierzicka, Małgorzata Zielińska (gościnnie), Michał Kosela, Filip Perkowski oraz:

Janina Mikołajek, Róża Sochan, Elżbieta Sejda, Ryszard Godlewski, Zbigniew Sowiński, Ryszard Wróblewski,

and the Quartet:

Lycyna Sarnicka – violin

Tomasz Kulisiewicz – violin    

Zofia Kowalczyk – viola

Bożena Papała – cello 

 

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