We promised that we would finish the contests of the 41st Stage Songs Review, canceled a few days before the start, as soon as possible. The word has been said, we keep our promise: “the contest edition” of the festival will be held on October 9-15, 2020.
The Song Interpretation Contest
The first stage of the contest – qualifying rounds – took place in February this year. The Artistic Council selected 23 performers, whom we will see on the Big Stage of The Capitol Musical Theatre on October 12, 2020.
We invite you to the Final Concert on October 15th. As always, this evening will consist of two parts. The first part of the concert – performances by the finalists – will be directed by Paweł Palcat. Who will make it to the finals? We will find out on October 12 in the evening.
However, we do know who will judge the finalists. This year, the jury will include: Anna Gacek – music journalist, Aleksandra Popławska – actress, Justyna Szafran – actress, Marcin Liber – director and Jacek “Budyń” Szymkiewicz – musician.
In the second part of the Final Concert, Ralph Kaminski will perform the songs by Kora. A year after his spectacular victory in the Song Interpretation Contest, the artist is among the legends of the festival. First of all, he is the record holder in terms of the number of starts (las year triumph was the culmination of attempt no 4); two, that when he won – he did it ruthlessly crushing his competitors, and then immediately started working on a new program-album. Not as a debutant, and without a trace of allusion to Wrocław’s success. This time he will tell us about himself in the words of Maanam.
The Off Contest
Off presentations will start on October 9. This year, seven performances were selected in the script competition. These are:
The Off Contest is held for the fifteenth time, during each edition of the festival viewers can watch from six to twelve off performances. Tickets for these performances cost 1 PLN. The authors of the projects receive funding and production support, and the best performance is awarded with the Toucan Off statuette and a prize of PLN 10,000.
During this year’s edition, the Off Jury will include: Agata Saraczyńska – journalist, Filip Zawada – writer, musician, photographer, Grzegorz Laszuk – director – leader of Komuna Warszawa, and Tomasz Leszczyński – actor, musician.
The author of the poster of the 41st PPA is Jacek Staniszewski, a painter, graphic artist, musician, professor and lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, author of scenography and costumes, poster designer.
This is probably the only festival in the world devoted entirely to the art of song in the theater. Today, on stage – not only musical but also, and perhaps above all, in a dramatic theater – the song is no longer just an addition. This is a legitimate way of presenting creative thought, sometimes more important than the spoken word. To watch how music and word complement each other and co-create a new quality is the core sense of the Wrocław festival.
The festival first appeared on the Polish cultural scene over 40 years ago. It is one of the few Polish festivals of such importance and long traditions. The form of the festival has expanded in the recent years, becoming an increasingly international event, therefore gaining a wider audience. Each year here in Wroclaw, we host many celebrities, as well as the most prominent Polish theatre and song artists, many of whom made their debut during the previous editions of the Review.
They have one thing in common: charisma in the interpretation of songs. So far, we have hosted in Wrocław, among others: Jamie Cullum, Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithfull, Nick Cave, Patricia Kaas, The Tiger Lillies, Antony (and the Johnsons), Gogol Bordello, Amanda Palmer, The Magnets, Brendan Perry, Lisa Gerrard, John Cale, Mark Lanegan, as well as the legendary Berliner Ensemble with Robert Wilson’s The Threepenny Opera, Christoph Marthaler’s Fruchtfliege from the Volksbuehne Theater or Vladimir Pankov War Chekhov International Theater Festival and Edinburgh International Festival in cooperation with SounDrama Studio).
The festival is financed by the Wrocław Community.
The Organizer of the festival is the Capitol Musical Theater in Wroclaw.