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Warszawa/Teatr Wielki - National Opera: “Fredriana”  – ballet evening

Warszawa/Teatr Wielki - National Opera: “Fredriana” – ballet evening

9 February 2020 | 18:00 | Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera | Warsaw

performance presentation

“I have never attempted to explore what makes a marriage truly happy. However, I think that two people should match each other like a pair of horses having: an even gait, an even turn, equal fire - then the journey together is pleasant and far less of a drag. But when one is swift, and the other lazy, one is soft, and the other hardy, when one is pulling while the other is jumping – then the devil may take it!”


Here is Count Fredro at his best! Love affairs were one of his favourite themes. The lightness and zest with which he presented them, inspired choreographers of the oncoming premiere Fredriana at the Teatr Wielki - National Opera. Fredro's comedies, combined with Moniuszko's humorous yet mysterious, lyrical yet dramatic, music, turn out to be a perfect duo. The audience will have a chance to see this duo in both parts of the ballet evening at the Teatr Wielki - National Opera.


The concert overture Fairy Tale,one of Moniuszko’s most celebrated pieces, will accompany the ballet Sarmatian Parable - choreographed by the eminent Polish artist Condrad Drzewiecki and based on Revenge by Fredro. It was Emil Wesolowski, Drzewiecki's former student and assistant, who, in cooperation with Renata Smukala, has undertaken the reconstruction, production and direction of the recent version of the Sarmatian Parable. Contrary to typical ballets, Drzewiecki's Sarmatian Parable, is extremely theatrical, visually expressive, amusing and very demanding for the dancers in terms of advanced acting technique. Emil Wesolowski created his performance with the utmost respect for Drzewiecki's original choreography. In this way he managed to preserve the timeless value of Drzewiecki's choreography and to develop a work that perfectly contrasts with the second ballet of the evening – the truly contemporary in form Husband and wife choreographed by Anna Hop.


Husband and wife is a ballet that presents the reality of marital adventures based on an love theme well-known from Fredro's comedy. The love theme known from Fredro’s Husband and Wife is combined with the ballet music Na kwaterze composed by Moniuszko. This is the colourful  and vibrant Fredro's and Moniuszko's land of joke at its best. Anna Hop has chosen the turn of the 1950s and 1960s as the social and aesthetic landscape for the ballet's narrative. At that time, just like in the times of Fredro and Moniuszko, the role of men and women was still strictly defined by tradition and customs. Anna Hop explores the relationship between the characters, reaches out to the sources of their motivation, giving them a much deeper expression than the one of a superficial comedy. Hop's ballet is a choreographic mosaic of styles and staging strategies. Apart from the four main characters, Anna Hop brings onstage also so-called “puppets” - a group of dancers who literally and figuratively animate ballet's action.




Ballet evening in two parts

Celebrating the Bicentenary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s Birth


Sarmatian Parable

Conrad Drzewiecki's ballet in one act based on Aleksander Fredro’s Revenge

Music: Stanislaw Moniuszko (fantastic overture Fairy Tale)

Premiere: 25th Februay 1975, Polish Dance Theatre – Poznan Ballet, Poznan

Staging: Emil Wesolowski


Choreography and directing: Conrad Drzewiecki

Reconstruction and staging: Emil Wesolowski

Conductor: Piotr Staniszewski

Stage assistant: Renata Smukala

Set design: Jan Bernas / Lilia Ostrouch

Costumes: Krzysztof Pankiewicz / Katarzyna Zalecka

Light design: Maciej Igielski



Czesnik, Klara's uncle, Rejent's opponent: Pawel Koncewoj, Dawid Trzensimiech, Vladimir Yaroshenko

Klara, Czesnik's niece, in love with Waclaw: Melissa Abel, Paulina Bidzinska, Aneta Zbrzezniak

Podstolina, flirty widow: Chinara Alizade, Rosa Pierro, Margarita Simonova

Rejent, Waclaw's father, Czesnik's opponent: Vadzim Kezik, Carlos Martín Pérez, Wojciech Slezak

Waclaw, Rejent's son, in love with Klara: Marco Esposito, Kristóf Szabó, Patryk Walczak

Papkin, poor nobleman, Czesnik's resident: Dan Ozeri, Maksim Woitiul, Bartosz Zyśk

Dyndalski, Czesnik's servant: Lorenzo Alberti, Adam Myśliński, Rinaldo Venuti

Pleban, Parish priest: Michal Chroscielewski, Andrii Havryliuk, Lukasz Tuznik

Hajduki, Czesnik's guards: Michal Chroscielewski, Marco Esposito, Gregor Giselbrecht, Andrii Havryliuk, Adam Huczka, Demeter Kobor, Antonio Lanzo, Francesco Leone, Eric Navarrete, Dan Ozeri, Philip Tunstall

Bricklayers, Rejent's workers: Lorenzo Alberti, Laurence Elliott, Tomasz Fabianski, Theo Just, Vadzim Kezik, Gianni Melfi, Adam Myśliński, Rinaldo Venuti, Cezary Wasik



Husband And Wife (premiere)

Ballet in one act choreographed by Anna Hop's based on Aleksander Fredro’s comedy of the same title

Choreography: Anna Hop

Music: Stanislaw Moniuszko (ballet music In the Quarters and Dumka's songs)

Interludes and arrangement of Dumka songs: Wojciech Kostrzewa

and other music pieces

Set design and video projections: Malgorzata Szablowska

Premiere: 6th April 2019, Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera


Libretto, choreography and direction: Anna Hop

Conductor: Piotr Staniszewski

Set design: Malgorzata Szablowska

Costumes: Maciej Zien

Lights and projections: Malgorzata Szablowska



Waclaw: Marco Esposito, Demeter Kóbor, Carlos Martín Pérez

Elwira, Waclaw's wife: Joanna Drabik, Dagmara Dryl, Marta Fiedler

Alfred, Waclaw's friend and Elwira's lover: Shunsuke Mizui, Adam Myśliński, Kristóf Szabó

Justysia, housemaid: Yurika Kitano, Phoebe Liggins, Natalia Pasiut, Margarita Simonova

Puppets: Barbara Derleta, Laurence Elliott, Marco Esposito, Tomasz Fabianski, Gregor Giselbrecht, Eugenie Hecquet, Jaeeun Jung, Theo Just, Manon Kolanowski, Demeter Kobor, Francesco Leone, Phoebe Liggins, Daria Majewska, Gianni Melfi, Adam Myslinski, Dan Ozeri, Lukasz Tuznik, Takeshi Watanabe, Cezary Wasik.


Polish National Ballet
Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera




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