A Polish Nobel Prize winner according to Canadian theatre artists (Episode 27)


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“This Is Why We Live”

tiwwltheatrecentrewebimageAn original play that celebrates Nobel Prize winning Polish poet, Wisława Szymborska.  Blending three languages, the play merges an original musical score and physical theatre all inspired by the poetry and collage work of a great female voice of the 20th century.  In co-production with Tara Arts (UK) and Théâtre de L’Enfumeraie (France), theatre company Open Heart Surgery Theatre will have its Canadian premiere in Toronto and Hamilton this October.

Toronto:     October 6-9, 2016 at the Theatre Centre

Hamilton:  October 15, 2016 at Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. Tickets



Open Heart Surgery Theatre

Director Coleen MacPherson

The play:

Created by Open Heart Surgery Theatre
Directed by Coleen MacPherson
Performed by Elodie Monteau, Alaine Hutton, Dobrochna Zubek
Music Development and Dramaturgy by Tatiana Judycka and Dobrochna Zubek
Stage Manager – Sasha Theodora
Set and Costume Design by Helen Yung
Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherak
Artistic Associate – Yearime Castel Barragan & Sallie Lyons
Polish Translation Consultant – Viktor Lukawski
Producer – Rose Hopkins

Photos from the Toronto performances by Michael Cooper:

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Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, szymborska_2011_1-1which has since become part of Kórnik, she later resided in Kraków until the end of her life. In Poland, Szymborska’s books have reached sales rivaling prominent prose authors: although she once remarked in a poem, “Some Like Poetry” (“Niektórzy lubią poezję”), that no more than two out of a thousand people care for the art.

Szymborska was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature “for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality”.[6][7] She became better known internationally as a result of this. Her work has been translated into English and many European languages, as well as into Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese and Chinese. More

About Wisława Szymborska

9 Secret Sides of Szymborska


O Autorze:

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