About The Festival

40th Stage Songs Review will take place in Wrocław on March 22-31, 2019. The only festival in the world, devoted entirely to the art of song interpretation, celebrates its jubilee.

As the concept of ”actors interpreting songs” eludes definitions, the history of the festival eludes strict mathematical calculations, too: according to dates, we should celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Review this year. (The break in the early years was due to the martial law in Poland).

40th Stage Songs Review will take place in Wrocław on March 22-31, 2019. The only festival in the world, devoted entirely to the art of song interpretation, celebrates its jubilee.

As the concept of ”actors interpreting songs” eludes definitions, the history of the festival eludes strict mathematical calculations, too: according to dates, we should celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Review this year. (The break in the early years was due to the martial law in Poland).

We celebrate this year’s jubilee with daily meetings with laureates at the Capitol Musical Theater and a number of events in the urban space.

But the most anticipated concerts of the festival are, like every year, the Final and the Gala. The Final Concert, as tradition has it, consists of two parts. The first part of the concert is the Finale of the Song Interpretation Contest, which gave the beginning of the Wrocław festival four decades ago. This part will be directed by Martyna Majewska, and the participants will be announced… by a choir.

The second part is directed by Marcin Liber – the concert entitled “Out of The System Or Big Brother Is Watching”, consists of songs for which (for various reasons) there is no place in the system. Anniversaries conduce to reflection, so the question arises, what is the world young actors and vocalists enter today, what choices will they have to face in their mature artistic life?

The Gala concert „The End” is directed by Wojciech Kościelniak. Well-known songs from the Actor’s Song Canon in star-interpretations will become a canvas of reflection, where – as Homo sapiens species – we are heading. The creators of the Gala will try to get viewers to think about what the title end is – a fall or a juncture, the end or a chance for rebirth.

Can the account with the past be a point of creative renewal? We want to have – and give viewers – such hope. Hence “Wieloryb The Globe” directed by Eva Rysova – the triumph of Krzysztof Globisz as a human and an artist who returned to the stage after a stroke. Hence the “Cafe Tiger Lillies” directed by Jerzy Lach, in which the legendary Tiger Lillies and Polish actors tackle Tadeusz Różewicz’s text. Hence the new incarnation of the vocalist ShataQS – proof that the artistic choices of the past do not determine the further path if you have enough courage for change.

The festival star, Sevdaliza, a great Dutch artist with Iranian roots, will tell us about the courage – to overcome the conventions of morals and mentalities. The testimony of boldness in the creative mixing of genres will be given by French artists in the performance “DJ set (sur) ecoute” in a surprising way relating the history of European music, as well as outstanding Polish and foreign vocalists and musicians in the performance “Puls”, bravely combining the poetry of Halina Poświatowska with trip hop.

Counting on young viewers, we propose a concert “Disney: Dreams Come True”, in which our Song Contest winners alongside great Polish artists with a symphonic orchestra will perform the most beautiful songs from Disney films – on the stage of the National Forum of Music for the first time in the history of the festival.

Finally, what would the Review be without lyrics of Jeremy Przybora, without Magda Umer and Mumio? We could not do that to our viewers! Another come back is a sequel of the famous “Leningrad” – “Love in Leningrad” from the Municipal Theater in Gliwice, with the participation of Mariusz Kiljan.

As tradition has it, the last year’s winner of the Golden Toucan, Stanisław Linowski, will sing at the festival (“I Love You”). The program of the Review will also include the underwater concert “AquaSonic”, which has not come into effect last year. Immersed in aquariums, the artists sing and play on specially crafted instruments. This is another step beyond the classical interpretation of the song, a trip to the world of pure amazement and admiration.

A strong complement to the festival program are concerts at the Festival Club. Evorevo, BiFF, Timingeriu Band, among others, will perform there. And of course The Off Contest, with some great names of experienced theater artists, who guarantee the quality of this competition.

The festival poster was designed for the fifth time by Ryszard Kaja, an outstanding graphic artist, painter, and set designer. For many years, Ryszard Kaja worked as a set designer at the Grand Theater in Łódź and in Poznań, the Szczecin Opera, and now creates almost exclusively posters, mainly theatrical, but not only – he is the author of the famous series of POLAND posters.

The tradition of the last editions are the unique trailers promoting the festival. This time the animated toucan, which “flew out” from the Ryszard Kaja poster, flits in the rhythm of recognizable musical motifs. Wojciech Krzak created the new festival jingles. The authors of the animation are Dorota Błażejowska and Sandra Nowak, and Daniel Jakubczyk edited the video.

The Review of the Actors’ Song 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 is financed by the Wrocław Community.

The Organizer of the festival is the Capitol Musical Theater in Wroclaw.

Artistic Director: Cezary Studniak

Chief Producer: Paweł Krupski

Artistic Council: Katarzyna Groniec, Maja Kleszcz, Kinga Preis, Konrad Imiela, Mariusz Kiljan, Michał Litwiniec, Krzysztof Mieszkowski, Jerzy Satanowski, Bogusław Sobczuk

Assistant to the Chief Producer: Urszula Rybicka

Producers:
Main Stream: Marta Dzwonkowska, Karolina Gonera, Grażyna Górka, Agnieszka Kozak, Renata Majewska, Natalia Szlachtowicz, Patrycja Wróbel
Off Stream: Joanna Zabuska, Wojciech Miłek
Club: Michał Litwiniec, Filip Surowiak
The Jubilee: Paulina Moskwa, Patrycja Wróbel, Filip Surowiak