The Open Theatre in Gdańsk, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021, invites to the premiere of The Turbulent History of the Polish Army on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Order of Polonia Restituta. The music and theatre performance will take place at the Artus Court in Gdańsk on 16 October at 6.00 p.m. under the National Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Andrzej Duda.
The founder and artistic director of the Open Theatre is Dariusz S. Wójcik – a well-known Gdańsk singer, winner of the provincial eliminations of the "Personality of the Year 2020" Plebiscite and the 3rd place in the "Personality of the Year in Poland 2020" in the "culture" category. Dariusz Wójcik is the author of the script and the director of the performance which is dedicated to the Fathers of Polish Independence: Józef Piłsudski, Roman Dmowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Wincenty Witos, Wojciech Korfanty, Ignacy Daszyński, who were awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Order of the White Eagle.
The programme will include patriotic songs that were written in various periods of the struggle for independence and after Poland regained its independence. Works by Wojciech (Albert) Sowiński, Michał Kleofas Ogiński, Kazimierz Hofman, Karol Kurpiński, Władysław Tarnowski, Mieczysław Kozar-Słobódzki, Władysław Piątkiewicz, Adam Kowalski, Alfred Schutz, Witold Rowicki, Andrzej Panufnik, and Albert Harris will be performed in new arrangements by Kamil Cieślik, teacher at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, vice-dean of the Faculty of Conducting, Composition and Music Theory.
Among the performers will be Małgorzata Trojanowska (soprano), Jacek Szymański (tenor), Dariusz S. Wójcik (bass), Rafał Lewandowski (piano), Mea Patria Chamber Ensemble and Male Vocal Ensemble. An integral part of the show will be a historical commentary by an employee of the National Education Office of the Institute of National Remembrance in Gdańsk, as well as beautiful choreographic arrangements presenting Polish national dances performed by dancers of the "Jantar" Song and Dance Ensemble of the University of Gdańsk.
Admission is free, but tickets must be pre-booked at: +48 600 290 214.
Co-financed by the NIEPODLEGŁA Multiannual Programme for 2017-2022 under the "Niepodległa" Subsidy Programme.
Co-financed by the City of Gdańsk.
Patronage: Franciszek Stefczyk Foundation and Argo S.A.
Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.
More information: www.teatrotwarty.pl