Chorus of Orphans
|16 December 2016
16 December 2016
Directed by Jerzy Zoń, this “theatrical seance with orchestra, solo soprano and actors”, to quote the production’s byline, is a unique artistic event for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a hypnotic performance with no text, although it’s based on Guy Croussy’s novel Bluebottles. Secondly, it’s inspired by such varied material as the Book of Exodus, traditional Bolivian song and the Third Symphony by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. Croussy’s book tells the story of orphans living in post-war France, and the running time of the play is defined by the time needed to play the composer’s piece. The audience sits on opposite sides of a square-shaped construction and observes the everyday activities of the titular orphans, who are supervised by two strict guardians. The developing narrative, governed by the dramaturgical structure of the aforementioned musical composition, dramatizes the mechanisms of social behavior within a closed group, and shows how the adult world exerts control over “enslaved” children.
"Chorus of Orphans" has been presented at theatre festivals in Croatia (The SPASCO award for the most touching performance), Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus (the best director award for Jerzy Zon).
The photographs of the show "Chorus of Orphans" taken by Adam Golec won the first prize in the first edition of the Theatre Photograh Competition organised by the Zbigniew Raszowski Theatre Institute.
Script, selection of music and stage direction: Jerzy Zon
Stage set and costume design: Joanna Jasko-Sroka
Production of stage set and structures: Robert Calikowski Ironwork Workshop
Stage movement: Eryk Makohon
Rhythmic training of the cast: Grzegorz Bauer
Music: Henryk Mikołaj Gorecki "Symphony no 3"
Assistant to stage director: Monika Kozlowska
Karolina Bondaronek, Paulina Lasyk, Martyna Malcharek, Grażyna Srebrny-Rosa, Justyna Wójcik, Marta Zoń, Sławek Bendykowski, Bartek Cieniawa, Paweł Monsiel, Michał Orzyłowski