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Carmina Burana
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1 h 10 min

Carmina Burana

Carl Orff
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“Carmina Burana”, called by some people a stage cantata and by others – an oratorio, is based on secular mediaeval songs, discovered in 1803 in the Bavarian monastery Benediktbeuern. Carl Orff selected from this vast collection of texts, created by vagrants, students and wandering clerics, 24 songs and composed them in some sort of a libretto. The first part comprises songs celebrating nature and the awakening spring, the second part is a praise of Bacchus and the third one tells of pleasures of love. The motto of the entire piece is apotheosis of life and affirmation of the world. Only approval to order and structure of the macrocosm will allow a human to maintain purity of soul and live according to nature.

Cinderella
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08.03.2019, 11:00 am
1 h 20 min

Cinderella

Gioacchino Rossini
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The ballet rendition of the popular fairy tale of Cinderella, two mean stepsisters and a cruel stepmother has been prepared by Giorgio Madia, an eminent choreographer from Milan. The former soloist with the Bejart Ballet and the San Franciscoo Ballet, today he works on his own productions on the musical stages of Vienna and Berlin. Cinderella in his interpretation is enhanced with new meanings, while still retaining the universal sense of the tale. Combining subtle lyricism with irony and a sense of humour, the production uses an original choreographic language and proves surprisingly spectacular. The music is compiled from fragments of Rossini's operatic and chamber compositions. This moving performance of superb comic quality is bound to delight young and adult audiences alike.

Emotions
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2 h 10 min

A ballet show ‘Emotions’ involves four ballet miniatures developed by renowned Polish choreographers: Katarzyna Aleksander-Kmieć, Violetta Suska and Jacek Tyski.

The performance will use the language of dance to tell about emotions, feelings and interpersonal relationships. The first part (chor. V. Suska), titled …where naked stars reside… set to the music of Johannes Brahms (excerpts from Violin Concerto in D majorViolin Sonata in G majorSerenade No. 2 and Intermezzo in A major, op. 118), will feature several ballet miniatures about loneliness, passion, mourning and difficult love choices. The second part (chor. Jacek Tyski), titled The Soldier’s Overture set to the music of Peter Tchaikovsky (Overture-fantasia Romeo and Juliet), is an expressive and full of passion story about a fight of two men for a beloved woman. In the third part titled ‘… from an unwritten diary…’ set to Krzysztof Penderecki’s music (String Quartet No. 3) we will witness intimate relationships and bonds between people illustrated with dance.

Orpheus and Eurydice
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2 h

Orpheus and Eurydice

Christoph Willibald Gluck
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The opera’s libretto is based on the Greek myth. Eurydice, wife of a Thracian singer Orpheus, is bitten by a viper and dies. To get her back, Orpheus descends to the underworld. He almost succeeds in leading Eurydice out of the dead but he breaks a divine ban, looks at her and loses his beloved forever... "Orpheus and Eurydice" is the thirtieth of 107 operas left by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) - German composer, Kapellmeister at the Emperor’s court in Vienna, author successful also in Paris and acclaimed to have been the reformer of opera. Giorgio Madia, an Italian by birth, working as a choreographer for the most important European stages, the author of "Cinderella" staging at the Krakow Opera a few years ago, is preparing "Orpheus and Eurydice" (the French version) for the first time, especially for the Krakow Opera. It will be both an opera and a ballet spectacle. Every opera character has its counterpart in a character from the ballet ground.

The Nutcracker
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27.01.2019, 5:30 pm
1 h 50 min

The Nutcracker

Piotr Czajkowski
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One of the world’s most popular classical ballets is a story of a girl taken by her Christmas toy on a journey through a fairyland of wonders where anything is possible... The fairytale novella ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ was written in 1816 by the German poet and author E. T. A. Hoffmann. The ballet rendition of the story was conceived by the imagination of Marius Petipa, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky was commissioned to compose the music, following the success of The Sleeping Beauty. The premiere was held at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre in 1892.

Two Stories – One Dance
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1 h 40 min

It is rare on our stage to have choreography inspired by jazz music. Even more rarely the ballet dances to the sounds of the bass guitar. This is the case of the present performance. If we add that the dancers are accompanied by the composers of the music: Piotr Orzechowski (the famous Pianohooligan) in the first part, and Krzysztof Ścierański (the best bass guitar in Poland) in the second part, we can expect and intriguing and unique event.

The choreography to the performance was created by Jacek Tyski, known from his productions for the Polish National Ballet, where he still performs as a soloist. He joined two musical stories by two composers though the dance on the same the theme, following the same scenario, the same “course of emotional events”. See for yourself what effect he has achieved – what can be achieved by the mutual inspiration of artists of the body and instrumentalists.