Chopin's Body: Chopin as Theater

31 Oct 2015
4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
FringeArts, 140 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia


Chopin Without Piano, produced by Centrala, Warsaw, conceived and written by Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka, directed by Michał Zadara, Chopin performed by Barbara Wysocka. Photo by Natalia Kabanow.

This interactive panel discussion, part of Swarthmore's Chopin Without Music, reveals new possibilities for contemporary theater and classical music to intersect in performance.

Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Chopin Without Music reimagines the distinct character of Chopin's orchestral writing of two piano concerti using dramatic spoken text constructed from fragments of Chopin's letters and biographies, and Polish writers' commentaries on Chopin. This discussion accompanies recent performances at Swarthmore College and FringeArts.

Participants: Michał Zadara, Barbara Wysocka, Bassem Akiki, Tamara Trojanowska (University of Toronto), Tom Sellar (Yale School of Drama)

Moderator: Allen Kuharski (Swarthmore College)