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On Tuesday 13 December, the performance Schubert. A romantic arrangement for twelve performers and a string quartet, directed by Magda Szpecht and choreographed by Paweł Sakowicz, will be staged twice (at 3 pm and 9 pm) as part of the 9th International Festival Divine Comedy in Cracow.


Magda Szpecht, in cooperation with the artists from the Jerzy Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych, the students of the University of the Third Age and a string quartet from Lower Silesia philharmonic, creates a musical and theatrical tale of the ceaselessly fleeting time. The most famous Schubert?s piece Death and Maiden becomes the background and the groundwork for the events taking place on the stage, which glorify the power of music spanning beyond generations.


What the performance does not do is show the biography of romantic composer Franz Schubert. There are only some quotes from his diary displayed on the stage, which reflect the existential pain and the dilemmas of this artist, who passed away at the age of 31. Instead of a biography, the audience will listen to his most famous piece, Death and Maiden, accompanied by an up-to-date comment of Wojtek Blecharz. Students of the University of the Third Age have been asked to take part in this project. Each of the six seniors has his or her own alter ego, an unwritten ?performative shadow?, played by a professional actor, and altogether they constitute the groups of 12 performers mentioned in the title. This formally simple idea introduces new meanings, juxtaposing youth and aging, in a musical and theatrical tale of the ceaselessly fleeting time. The string quartet composed of Lower Silesia philharmonic musicians is assigned a role slightly different from the one usually imposed by a quartet?s status and function. Szpecht confronts professionalism with amateur choreography acted out by a group of elderly people, thus, going against the rules and framework of a traditional biographic performance. Through Schubert and his masterpiece, the director tells a story of the power of music that spans beyond generations.


The performances will take place in Łaźnia Nowa Theatre (os. Szkolne 25).


Producer: The Jerzy Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Wałbrzych/STARA KOPALNIA Science and Art Centre


Director: Magda Szpecht

Dramaturgy: Szymon Adamczak

Stage design and costumes: Zuza Golińska

Stage design collaborator: Małgosia Golińska

Music: Franz Schubert, Wojtek Blecharz

Choreography: Paweł Sakowicz

Director?s assistant: Radosław Mirski

Stage manager: Iwona Skiba



Sara Celler-Jezierska, Karolina Krawiec, Rozalia Mierzicka, Małgorzata Zielińska (guest visit), Michał Kosela, Filip Perkowski and:

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

and the string quartet:

Włodzimierz Brzeziński ? violin

Zofia Kowalczyk ? viola

Tomasz Kulisiewicz ? violin

Bożena Papała ? cello


Duration: 110 minutes.

Tickets: PLN 50 and 30.



Eight performances from Warsaw, Cracow, Wroclaw, Poznań, Lublin and Wałbrzych will be competing for the title of the best performance. The Young Section is receiving more and more support every year. In 2016, the additional resources for development have been provided by Cracow City District. The winner will be able to invest the prize, amounting to PLN 100,000, in producing his or her next piece, which will premiere during the next festival?s edition. The performances of the young artists will be reviewed by an international jury consisting of: Jason Danino Holt ? director, curator and TV presenter from Israel, Alejandro Moreno ? Chilean playwright, lecturer and visual artist, and Yun Cheol Kim from South Korea ? theatre critic, lecturer and director of National Dance Company of Korea. The PARADISO section programme is assumed to present the latest staging trends most popular with the youngest theatre creators. It is aimed at being a space for confrontation and dialogue, present the current theatrical fashions, and determine new challenges and goals, which the youngest, novice, theatre directors will soon be faced with. By bringing into being a competition for the youngest creators, the festival organisers draw our attention to the new themes and issues, to the increasingly intensive theatrical quests, the yearning for experiments and stating one?s own mind, all of which are manifested by the new generation of artists.


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