Metaphysical miniopera

Title: ' Miniopera metafizyczna / Metaphysical miniopera'

Creators: CHOREA Theatre (Poland)

Idea and direction: Tomasz Rodowicz

Dramaturgy: Katarzyna Knychalska, Tomasz Rodowicz

Music: Tomasz Krzyżanowski

Stage design: Paweł Korbus, Tomasz Rodowicz

Choreography: Joanna Jaworska-Maciaszek

Light: Tomasz Krukowski

Sound: Marcin Dobijański

Cast: Joanna Chmielecka, Bartosz Figurski, Joanna Jaworska-Maciaszek, Majka Justyna, Michał Jóźwik, Aleksandra Kugacz-Semerci, Tomasz Rodowicz, Mertcan Semerci, Daria Szymańska

String Quartet 'Befane': Kamila Wójcicka-Maciaszczyk (first violin), Małgorzata Kwaśniak (second violin), Małgorzata Sielatycka-Sobczyk (viola), Zofia Łęczycka (cello)


Date: 24.08.2018 (Friday)

Time: 7 pm

Place: Stage in Art_Inkubator in Fabryka Sztuki in Lodz, 3 Tymienieckiego Street

Tickets: 30 pln / 20 pln

Duration: 75 minutes (no intermissions)

Viewers' age: 15+


' Metaphysical miniopera' stands a question about human subjectivity in post-human times. In 30 years, artificial intelligence will become independent of man, and man, thanks to the latest technologies, will be able to eliminate illnesses and gain immortality. This is not science fiction, it is already happening. Who will be a man in the era of machines? How to define our identity? Should we look for meanings and messages in the greatest texts of humanity? Should we follow what man has created? Follow what already begins to elude human hands, and at the same time gives humanity hope for immortality? Or maybe we need to seek the most important knowledge in what is stored in our body? We must ask such questions today, before it is too late...


CHOREA Theatre is a team of people - a dynamic and countless group of artists, performers, musicians, dancers, actors, theater practitioners and theoreticians. They create interdisciplinary artistic, educational and social projects: performances, concerts, workshops and spectacles. They use innovative, proprietary methods of work, going beyond the cultural mainstream. They direct its activities to adults, youth and children, including those who are constantly visiting the theater, those with difficult access to art and those seeking alternative activities in culture. In their work, they focus on team spirit, partnership activities, group dynamics, relationship building, body and voice awareness, musicality and discovering creative potentials.
CHOREA was founded in 2004 in Lublin, as a result of collaboration between two groups of performers. First group, 'The Ancient Orchestra', was developing musical and rhythmical work. Second group, 'Dances of the Labyrinth', was experimenting on movement and dance. Since 2004, before they found their residence in Lodz in 2007, they have been working in several locations. The company was first based in Naleczow, Srebrna Gora and Warsaw, they cooperated with Erthfall Dance Theatre in Cardiff (Wales). Since 2007 they established a permanent base in the city of Lodz, co-founding with Lodz Art Centre a cultural institution named Fabryka Sztuki (Art Factory) and they own an amazing industrial theatre spaces (for rehearsals, performances and workshops) situated in the 19th Century factories, named Art_Inkubator in Fabryka Sztuki in Lodz.
During 14 years of activity CHOREA Theatre fully developed its educational and artistic work. CHOREA artists organized many international workshop sessions, transnational artistic projects, several editions of their own International Theatre Festival Retroperspektywy and nationwide Theatre Festival Perspektywy, and created more than 40 theatre productions, performances, and concerts. In 2015 CHOREA artists recorded a musical album 'Lulabies' and published actors training handbook 'Actors phisical training. From individual to group actions'. CHOREA group collaborates with artists from all over the world: USA, Great Britain, Israel, Spain, India, Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Syria, Japan, Russia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Georgia, Moldova, etc.
During last years CHOREA Theatre presented their performances, concerts and intensive workshop sessions all over the world. In 2009 CHOREA performed on International Meeting on Ancient Drama Festival in Delphi, (Greece). In 2010 we cooperated with Rosanna Gamson Worldwide Theatre in Los Angeles (USA). In 2011 we presented our work in Escena Contemporanea Festival in Madrid (Spain) and in Mayerhold Theatre Centre in Moscow (Russia). In 2012 we visited Stage Centre in Tel Aviv (Israel). In 2011, 2012 and 2013 we performed on Bharat Rang Mahotsav - the biggest international Theatre Festival in India. In 2014 and 2015 we showed our performances in Art Carnuntum Verein für Kunst Geschichte Theater Kultur Festival in Art Carnuntum (Austria). In 2015 we presented our work in Luxembourg (Luxembourg) and in Chisnau (Moldova). In 2015 and 2016 we performed in Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre (Georgia). In 2017 we performed in Berlin (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden) and in St.Petersburg (Russia).

Tomasz Rodowicz - Artistic Director of CHOREA Theatre. Theatre director, actor, musician, educator, theatre instructor, university lecturer, earlier also a historian of philosophy. Born in 1951 in Warsaw. Graduate of the Faculty of History of Philosophy at the Warsaw Theological Academy. Co-founder of Poland’s first social therapy centre for young drug addicts. He collaborated with Jerzy Grotowski in 1974-1979. Co-founder of the Centre for Theatre Practices 'Gardzienice' and its member in 1977-2003. Co-founder of CHOREA Theatre and its leader since 2004. Artistic director of Fabryka Sztuki in Lodz since 2007. Artistic director of International Theatre Festival Retroperspektywy and Nationwide Theatre Festival Perspektywy. Leader of many international artistic, educational and didactic projects and research expeditions. Innovative musical and physical training expert and theatre workshop specialist. Worldwide authority in leading workshops for actors, dancers, singers, musicians, theatre instructors and culture animators. Author of a handbook 'Actors phisical training. From individual to group actions'.