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Chopin Without Piano

Chopin Without Piano
Chopin Without Piano
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (no intermission)
  • 18 oct 2016, 19:00
Warsaw, Poland

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


Creates performances – contemporary and innovative works that transcend boundaries of content, aesthetics and production. It’s a private organization with a public mission that performs in the spaces of cooperating institutions or at leading theatre festivals.

Its team is made of people who want to build new forms of art. Instead of fighting the old structures we are creating new ones. It works with both public and private institutions, finding ways to dynamically use the resources of the various partners in the process of art creation.

CENTRALA invents not only new pictures, sounds and words, but also a new type of institution – oriented towards projects, not bureaucracies.
CENTRALA is a joint venture by two companies: Andergrand Media + Spektakle and Agencja Artystyczna GAP. It grew out of Michal Zadara's initiative to create independent performances.

Michał Zadara
Michał Zadara

Theatre director, known for his innovative approach to classical polish literature and design of complex theatrical systems for original, sitespecific stagings. He studied Theatre and Political Science at Swarthmore College, Oceanography at Woods Hole, Directing in Krakow. Since 2004, he has directed at the following theatres: Wybrzeże in Gdańsk (Danzig), National Stary Theatre in Krakow, Współczesny and Polski in Wrocław (Breslau), The National Theatre in Warsaw, Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin, National HaBima Theatre in Tel Aviv, Schauspielhaus in Vienna and Komische Opera in Berlin.

He received the «Polityka» Passport, the most prestigious cultural prize in Poland, in 2007. He has also directed independent films and made video installations.
In 2012, The Warsaw Rising Museum commissioned a public monument commemorating the civilian victims of the Warsaw rising from him.

Photo: Natalia Kabanow