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. Courtesy of Swarthmore College.
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. Performances at Swarthmore College and FringeArts are accompanied by this discussion and one other.
Participants: Michał Zadara, Barbara Wysocka, Bassem Akiki, Jeffrey Kallberg (University of Pennsylvania), David Kasunic (Occidental College)
Moderator: Barbara Milewski (Swarthmore College)