Symphony for the Other


June 20th, 2016   |   Malta Festival Poznań and TV

Jan Komasa will direct a multimedia spectacle to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Poznań June 1956. On the 28 June at 22.00 on Plac Mickiewicza Malta Festival Poznań, upon the invitation of the City of Poznań, shall present the story of the first rebellion against communist power, brutally suppressed by the military and the militia.

Jan Komasa is the author of the artistic concept of the event and its script. He is one of the most talented and renowned artists of Polish cinematography, born in Poznań and still very much associated with this city. The director is best known for films such as “Sala samobójców” [“Suicide room”], in which “real-life” acting was combined with computer graphics, as well as the acclaimed “Miasto 44” [“Warsaw 44”] in which the director took on the legend of the Warsaw Uprising in a truly Hollywood style. In 2014 Komasa received the prestigious Paszport “Polityki” award.

The Malta spectacle will be a fusion of visual arts, dance and music. The director will be cooperating with Mikołaj Mikołajczyk – a choreographer, who has been associated with Poznań’s Polski Teatr Tańca and Teatr Wielki (as a soloist). The music will be created by Bartek Wąsik and Miłosz Pękala from Kwadrofonik (also awarded with Paszport “Polityki”) in cooperation with Royal String Quartet. Electronica meets live percussion, pianos and string quartets.

The visual, dance and music side of the spectacle will be reinforced with technology, which will create the atmosphere of terror of invigilation.

This year’s event will discuss the strike which took place 60 years ago using a language accessible to the modern viewer. The open-air free-of-charge spectacle will be simultaneously the finale of Malta Festival Poznań, which begins on 17 June.


Written and directed by: Jan Komasa

Choreography: Mikołaj Mikołajczyk

Music: Miłosz Pękala, Bartosz Wąsik

Musicians: Kwadrofonik, Royal String Quartet, Joanna Duda, Mischa Kozłowski

Dancers: Jose Alves (soloist), Magdalena Bartczak, Fabian Fejdasz (Polski Teatr Tańca), Vladimir Fortunenko, Carlos Aller, Kacper Lipiński, Agnieszka Łuczyńska, Justyna Kalbarczyk, Valeria Khripatch, Patryk Klepacki, Marta Kosierdzka, Maciej Kosteczka, Anna Krysiak, Katarzyna Kulmińska (Polski Teatr Tańca), Kornelia Lech (Polski Teatr Tańca), Alisa Makarenko, Małgorzata Mielech, Viktoria Nowak (soloist), Krzysztof Nowakowski, Frederico Paris, Marta Pera, Adrian Radwański (Polski Teatr Tańca), Kuba Starzycki, Krystyna Szydłowska, Zofia Tomczyk, Natalia Trafankowska, Sara Maria Usignoli, Marta Zawadzka

Diretor: Michał Merczyński