Dziewczyna (Polish for "girl") is an 80 minute theatrical concert that tells the story of a Polish girl named Elzbieta.
It begins in August 1956 as Sopot, Poland hosts its first ever Jazz Festival. Jazz was emerging from the underground and seen as a symbol of freedom and liberation. Four-year-old Elzbieta watches her father’s counterculture jazz ensemble play at the festival. Later, in October 1956, Maksymilian Jach and band member Janusz Tumas travel to Warsaw to protest, demanding the government release the jailed Cardinal Wyszynski. Maks is arrested and disappears, sending Elzbieta on a lifelong quest for her father shaping her role as a family member, woman, and citizen, her Polish identity, and a way to tell her story.
In a series of flashback vignettes, live jazz, classical and electronic musical selections, Elzbieta recounts her life in communist Poland and missing her lost father. Through videos and historical photography, we witness her scarring memories of soviet tanks outside Warsaw in 1956; share in her poignant reminiscences as she grows from a young girl to a young woman; and observe as she chronicles searching for her father, the deaths of family members and friends, protests met with violence and repression, and a life that is constantly threatened by the regime whose official image directly opposes the rapidly developing political and artistic movements. It is through this turmoil that Elzbieta develops the desire to stand up for liberty and for Poland.
As the Solidarity movement spreads, our story comes to a close. In December 1981, Elzbieta revisits her horrible memories when tanks return to the streets as martial law is declared, but this time she is ready to stand up and fight for freedom. In an act of solidarity with our audience, we present a montage of the events that will shape Poland in the 1980s and the future republic. Where Dziewczyna ends, the modern Polish journey begins.
Original Music & Sound composed by Ann Warren, Chris Kadis Moscato, Christopher Dickson
Dramaturge - Nancy Greening
Projections and Original Videos by Robert Morton
Additional Video by Allan Markowitz
Setting, Screen & Equipment Design - Richard Sage;
Lighting Design - Milim Sung
Costume Designer - Catherine Siracusa
Fashion Advisor - Colleen Fletcher Miller
performed by concrete timbre
Ian J. Baggette – Bass
Angelo Di Loreto – Piano
Manuela Le Chler - Alto Sax;
Aleksandra Miglowiec – Flute;
Robert Morton – Projections
Chris Kadis Moscato – Computer
Mauricio de Souza – Drums;
Ann Warren - Computer, Electronics
Keiji Yoshino – Guitar;
Michael Stebbins - Voiceovers
About the Company: Concrete Timbre
Concrete Timbre is a composer-driven performance collective that creates interdisciplinary theatrical productions featuring live contemporary music. Our mission is to stay ahead of the curve to be a driving force in fostering opportunities for composers and theatrical creators to collaborate and nurture new talent (of any age) in our productions. We focus on sharing cultural perspectives through the exchange of artistic and historical ideas through high quality public performances that combine original music and texts, with elements of dance, imagery, and design. www.ConcreteTimbre.com
Cast: Chris Kadis Moscato-Horns
December 9, 2011 @8:30
December 10, 2011 @5:30
December 10, 2011 @8:30
Theater: University Settlement Theatre
Address: 184 Eldridge Street
New York, NY
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006
In 1999, Ann founded concrete timbre as a studio performance group that recorded soundscapes, sound installations, several theatrical sound designs, and produced theater performances that featured music and sound.
Ann is a composer and theatrical sound designer who has worked on many, many shows! Recent credits include: RepStage in Columbia, MD: Or, Two By JM Barrie: The Old Lady Shows Her Medals & The New Word; Intelligence; The Santaland Diaries; Two by Pinter: The Lover & The Collection; The Chocolate Factory: Two Husbands; R.U.R; The (Low Life) Cherry Orchard; Fundamental,Buffalo Alleyway Theatre: Click This!; Columbia University: Caught in the Shadow of the Moon; Theater for the New City: My Juilliard;Lion Theatre: Wonder of the World; Boomerang Theatre Company: You’ll Have Had Your Hole; Stage Door Theater Company: Bury the Dead; Vaudeville or Bust; The Production Company: Australia Project 2; terraNOVA collective: Feeder-A Love Story; Theatre of the Expendable: Almost Exactly Like Us; @HERE: The Error of Their Ways; Thesia Arts: Passchendaele; The Gallery Players: Oliver!; What the Butler Saw; Leviathan Labs: Gated
Ann translated Strindberg’s The Stronger and Pariah that appeared in the 1999 FringeNYC award winning production of Secrets of the Yellow Room. Since then, Ann has produced numerous Equity Showcase productions at many independent theaters in New York City including: Theater for the New City, Charas el Bohio, Clemente Soto Vélez, The Present Company, Masterworks Laboratory Theater, New York Performance Works, and FringeNYC; and music productions at Juilliard, The 92nd Street Y, MC Studios, and PS122. Ann is member of Dramatists Guild of America.