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KORCZAK

KORCZAK

“Korczak,” shown at the West End to rave reviews, skilfully combines the pop formula of a musical with tackling the most sensitive issue in 20th-century history: the Holocaust. The Polish premiere took place under the auspices of the UNESCO and with the honorary patronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Ombudsman for Children. The musical was officially included in the list of cultural, social and educational events taking place all over Poland in 2012—the year which the Polish Sejm dedicated to the memory of Janusz Korczak. The production received the Jan Kiepura award for the best performance of 2012, and the accompanying educational project won the 2012 Historical Event Competition.

SYNOPSIS

The plot of “Korczak” is meant to educate junior viewers, give hope to the young and serve as a reminder for senior audiences. Janusz Korczak was a true superhero of his time, possibly the most complicated period in the history of humankind. The then atmosphere of Poland is conveyed by Polish and Klezmer music, brought together with the rhythm of a moving train. The musical is devoted to the man and his work: Korczak gave his life to teaching children how to become adults, how to live and how to die. According to the rules of the genre, the work is divided into two acts, with the outbreak of World War II serving as the dividing line. In the first part of the musical, we get to know Korczak as teacher, educator and guardian, while the second part is where we see the birth of his heroism in matters of life and death. By recalling the life of our national hero, “Korczak” allows viewers to better understand the painful history of Jews and Europe of the first half of the 20th century.

PRODUCTION

Work on the Polish production was preceded by a thorough analysis of source materials associated with the life, art and work of Janusz Korczak. The project was developed in partnership with the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. “Korczak” is a unique phenomenon on the contemporary musical theatre scene. The Polish edition aims to provide an unusual narrative of the Holocaust, acting as a parable on the power of life, the strength of faith and the greatness of man. The youngest artists are particularly touching: children and teens discovered during casting sessions and the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic’s Children’s Choir. The choir of several dozen children, the twenty-person adult choir and several soloists are accompanied by just twelve orchestra musicians. The moving stage design and first-class acting complete the picture and turn the musical into a genuine time machine, transporting viewers to the painful past.


World premiere: VIII 2011, Rose Theatre Kingston, London
Premiere: 29 IX 2012

All photographs showing the pupils of Dom Sierot in Warsaw, used in multimedia projections, come from the archives of Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw
IX 2012
3 hrs (one 20 min intermission)
Polish
45–120 PLN
Main Stage
Odeska 1

Gallery

Authors

Muzyka: Chris Williams
Book: Nick Stimson

Creators

Music Director: Tadeusz Płatek
Director: Roberto Skolmowski
Set, Costume and Lighting Designer: Paweł Dobrzycki
Choir Director: Violetta Bielecka
Children’s Choir Director: Ewa Barbara Rafałko
Choreography: Jarosław Sołowianowicz
Multimedia Designer: Daria Woszek
Vocal Coach: Dariusz Grabowski
Producer: Damian Tanajewski

Book Translation: Maja Hermansdorfer, Tomasz Pstrokoński-Nawratil
Dramaturgical Adjustments: Tadeusz Płatek
Literary Manager: Joanna Gdowska
Poster Design: Ryszard Horowitz

CREATIVE TEAM

Assistant Director: Daria Woszek, Hanna Różankiewicz
Assistant Set Designer: Joanna Piestrzyńska
Assistant Choreographer: Ewa Zając
Accompanists-Répétiteurs: Justyna Jabłońska, Karina Komendera, Anna Krzysztofik-Buczyńska
Children’s Choir Accompanist: Sylwia Mądra
Ballet Consultant: Monika Leszczyńska
Head of Scene Shop: Małgorzata Szostakowska
Sound, Lighting and Multimedia Director: Grzegorz Falkowski
Lighting Technician: Krystian Kobierski, Barbara Choroszkiewicz, Mateusz Łukaszuk
Sound Technician: Daniel Baranowski, Karol Kopeć
Multimedia Technician: Wojciech Oksztol, Adam Ostaszewski, Adam Puciłowski
Chief Stage Technician: Tomasz Parejko
Stage Technicians: Jarosław Bancerek, Piotr Przygoda
Set Construction Crew: Michał Bowsiuk, Artur Chajęcki, Dominik Gruszewski, Marcin Korsak, Tomasz Kossakowski, Rafał Mlenko, Łukasz Nieścierewicz, Mariusz Rybaczek, Andrzej Świderski, Paweł Wysocki
Theatrical Make-up: Dorota Sabak, Monika Żukowska, Marta Lewkowska, Anna Łopatecka, Marta Szałaj
Wig Technician: Mariusz Terechowicz
Prop Master: Daniel Bąkowski
Wardrobe Supervisors: Barbara Rożko, Tamara Fiedoruk, Teresa Kiejko, Danuta Marczuk, Eliza Matejczyk, Grażyna Polak, Marzena Śmietało
Planning Directors: Agnieszka Hryniewicka, Joanna Godlewska
Psychologist: Katarzyna Liedke-Charkiewicz

Cast

Janusz Korczak
Damian Aleksander / Tomasz Steciuk
Ms. Stefa
Dorota Radomska / Anita Steciuk
Persecutor
Przemysław Borys / Tomasz Tracz
Izak
Piotr Danieluk / Maciej Nerkowski
Bula
Andrzej Danieluk / Bartłomiej Łochnicki / Wojciech Schabowski
Gołda
Monika Ziółkowska / Justyna Schabowska
Basia
Hanna Różankiewicz / Anna Wolfinger
Marek
Mateusz Stachura / Rafał Supiński
Łucja
Joanna Krasuska-Motulewicz

and

Staszek
Michał Cieślik / Karol Jóźwik / Bartłomiej Stasiński / Michał Wałejko
Paweł
Karol Czarnowicz / Krzysztof Dunaj
Gienia
Gabriela Dargiewicz / Julia Iwaniuk
Małgorzata
Anna Drewnowska / Julia Garbuz / Anna Szutkiewicz

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir and Children’s Choir

Ensemble

Dora
Ewa Grabek / Sylwia Szuchalska
Sara
Kinga Olszańska / Zuzanna Piszcz / Aleksandra Romaniuk
Adam
Jakub Grzybowski / Jakub Szeremeta / Daniel Żodzik
Hanka
Joanna Bagińska / Dominika Błahuszewska / Julia Swierkot / Lara Swierkot
Halinka
Weronika Dudzińska / Michalina Miłkowska / Adrianna Tylman / Julia Zajkowska
Romcia
Klaudia Golińska / Magdalena Gorustowicz / Julia Kordy / Wiktoria Trojan
Abrasza
Maciej Borys / Andrzej Maksimowicz / Patryk Misiejuk / Paweł Sulewski
Franki
Tomasz Fiedorczuk / Jakub Grzybowski / Igor Makarski / Sergiusz Romaniuk
Ewa
Jagna Charkiewicz / Wiktoria Czaczkowska / Julianna Wityńska / Alicja Wyszyńska
Hella
Joanna Bagińska / Dominika Błahuszewska / Julia Swierkot / Lara Swierkot
Natalia
Klaudia Golińska / Magdalena Gorustowicz / Julia Kordy / Wiktoria Trojan
Róża
Maria Chwedyna / Monika Leśniewska / Faustyna Maciejczuk / Aleksandra Muszyńska
Abus
Tomasz Fiedorczuk / Jakub Grzybowski / Igor Makarski / Sergiusz Romaniuk
Zofia
Julia Borowska / Zuzanna Borys / Bianka Koralewska / Justyna Racewicz
Aronek
Tomasz Fiedorczuk / Jakub Grzybowski / Igor Makarski / Sergiusz Romaniuk
Leon
Tomasz Fiedorczuk / Jakub Grzybowski / Igor Makarski / Sergiusz Romaniuk
Jerzy
Piotr Borys / Radosław Rutkowski / Daniel Żodzik
Piotr
Maciej Borys / Wojciech Wasilewski / Michał Zieliński
Marta
Julia Łoś / Julia Puchalska / Zofia Stankiewicz / Maria Zadykowicz
Amos
Piotr Namiot / Paweł Sulewski / Jakub Szeremeta / Wojciech Wasilewski
Adek
Krzysztof Dunaj / Radosław Rutkowski
Ezra
Zuzanna Kozioł / Maria Sawicka / Maria Sirocka / Natalia Urlewicz
Irka
Jagna Charkiewicz / Bianka Koralewska / Justyna Racewicz / Urszula Skuńczyk
Balbina
Julia Chren / Karolina Kudlewska / Karolina Prusiel / Kamila Wojtkielewicz
I Judge
Katarzyna Bagińska / Julia Dmochowska / Jakub Grzybowski / Piotr Namiot
II Judge
Magdalena Piszczatowska / Sara Sawicka / Manuela Stadnicka – Kolendo / Victoria Tekień
III Judge
Patrycja Lewandowska / Aleksandra Muszyńska / Zofia Stankiewicz / Alicja Stocka
Jozki
Paweł Sawicki / Paweł Sulewski / Wojciech Wasilewski / Michał Zieliński
Zygmuś
Tomasz Fiedorczuk / Jakub Szeremeta / Sergiusz Romaniuk / Daniel Żodzik
Karmela
Faustyna Maciejczuk / Julia Matys / Karolina Prusiel / Bernadetta Bielska
Janusz
Piotr Namiot / Paweł Sawicki / Paweł Sulewski / Michał Zieliński
Jakub
Piotr Gryc / Piotr Mazur / Dawid Mukosiej
Girl
Gabriela Bełbot / Urszula Kosińska / Magdalena Maliszewska / Aniela Omielańczyk / Karolina Wiszowata
Boy
Ignacy Gliński / Piotr Mazur / Dawid Mukosiej / Piotr Namiot

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