time: 11:00 am
scene: Mezzanine Stage
duration: 1 hr 15 mins
Ongaku: The Three Stones
A family-friendly spectacle with a Polish Sign Language translation and audio description addressed to children aged between 9 and 15.
Author of script, music, director, and music director: Paweł Wójtowicz
Set and costume designer: Bożena Pędziwiatr
Director’s assistant, stage manager: Agnieszka Sztencel
Sign language translators: Magdalena Sipowicz, Irena Piecha
Audio description: Fundacja Siódmy Zmysł, text: Alicja Barć
Consulted by Regina Mynarska
Voice-over by Jerzy Wójcik
The performance was staged as part of Małopolska. Sensitive Culture project, which is financed by the Małopolska Region. The project was coordinated by the Małopolska Institute of Culture in Krakow.
Master of Time / Creature I, Creature II, Creature III: Michał Kutnik
Father / Oto: Krzysztof Kozarek
Janek: Adrian Domarecki
Merodi: Zuzanna Caban
Voice: Jerzy Wójcik
Nanika: Zosia Sztencel
Sinfonietta of the Krakow Opera:
Dominika Olszewska-Szczepanik, Paweł Wójtowicz, Małgorzata Piekarczyk, Leszek Pacanek, Żaneta Seweryn, Marek Lewandowski, Patryk Bała, Kristina Kutnik.
“Ongaku”, a family-friendly spectacle maintained in fantasy style, is a musical tale of Janek – a teenager, who lost his mother and can’t find common ground with his father. He creates the eponymous Ongaku land in his imagination. The warrior Merodi arrives from the land and takes the boy into the world of secrets, search for courage and openness. A journey into three worlds begins. As legend has it, there are three stones of truth in the worlds. Thanks to them, Ongaku, destroyed by the evil Waru, will regain its balance. These three worlds are interconnected and become a symbol for our tolerance, understanding of other people, and the ability to look at the world through their eyes.
The door holds a special significance in the story – it is a symbol for the lack of understanding and a wall which we often build in relationships with other people. The door which the son shuts before his father becomes a wall separating him from the real world after the loss of his mother. During his journey, he learns to open the door to the worlds of chaos, silence, and darkness. All this allows him to learn about himself, his sensitivity and abilities. The spectacle presents adventures which open the door to the understanding of a human being, communication and the development of a relationship between a father and a son. The plot, education, music and sensitisation are intermingling elements, which all lead to a finale with a positive message.
“Ongaku: The Three Stones” is an innovative spectacle adapted for audience members with hearing, visual and locomotor disabilities. Suitable elements, such as, for instance, audio description, sign language, visual and sound effects allow all audience members to learn about the world of Ongaku sounds, while educating and making the understanding of other people easier.