Premiere – March 23rd, 2013
In «Chopin Without Piano», actress Barbara Wysocka and director Michal Zadara create a new form of musical performance: they take both piano concerti by Frederic Chopin and surgically remove the piano part, replacing it with a monolog that fits precisely in its place.
Barbara Wysocka really performs both the piano concerti, accompanied by a full symphonic orchestra and a conductor – but she isn’t playing the piano, but
tells the audience in words, step by step, what the piano is doing – musically, emotionally, and even politically.
Wysocka and Zadara wrote the text after intense research: besides conducting interviews with pianists and musicologists, the authors studied Chopin’s
biographies, his letters and texts written about him. The monolog is a verbal equivalent of the piano part, a guide to the concerti, a description and
a commentary at the same time. The structure of the performance is identical to the structure of the concerti.
Music Fryderyk Chopin
Text Barbara Wysocka, Michał Zadara
Directed by Michał Zadara
Light designer Artur Sienicki
Sound Bartłomiej Woźniak
Cast: Barbara Wysocka, Paweł Jabłczyński, Marcin Markowicz, Maciej Młodawski, Artur Rozmysłowicz, Bartosz Woroch