Warsaw. “Mill of Djabel. A biography of a forgotten work”. Soon the premiere as part of the “Placó

Zbigniew Raszewski Theater Institute invites you on May 28 at 7:00 p.m. for the first screening of “Djabelski Mill. Biographies of a forgotten work by Krzysztof Cicheński, Julia Kosek and Hubert Walawski. The project was carried out within the framework of the 7th edition of the “Placówka” program Tickets are available on the Institute’s website and on the GoOut.net site.

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“Biography of a forgotten work” reverses the hierarchy of life stories – the work is not part of the artist’s journey, its form does not result from the specific experiences of an individual. “Młyn Djabelski”, a cinematographic opera by Ludomir Różycki, premiered in 1931 in Poznań, like a Zeitoper, reflects the current social context and describes the New Man, as well as his dreams, his sufferings and the form of entertainment which he prefers. This forgotten work is a modern commentary – futuristic and futurological – on the reality of the interwar period, in which capitalism, industrialization and information had a fundamental impact on the life of the individual and the society. society, as well as on culture and art. It tells of the Street, Love, Pleasure, Fame and Liberation (the titles of the next acts of “Le Moulin”) and the people whose lives are made up of frames, broken sequences and unrealized dreams. The libretto also presents the figure of the Composer, whose ideas and ambitions go far beyond the works of Różycki himself known today (provoking anti-biographical questions about who he was not, who this artist was not). did not become). The Ferris wheel, as a metaphor for accelerated, technology-dependent and chaotic everyday life, defines on a universal level certain conditions of existence that today even more define reality, and with it the possibility and form of life. artistic expression.

The authors offer a mix of an opera installation, a sound art mockumentary, a still life, video art, guided tours and a performative lecture in the vintage-minimal aesthetic -camp, which is the result of an investigation aimed at establishing the ontological status of the “Moulin de Djabel” (does it exist? In what form)?) – a controversial work, rejected, lost, then rediscovered and finally forgotten . The project is of an artistic research nature – the work on the show is preceded by an interrogation of the materials which allowed the creators to imagine the probable artistic form of the opera. However, the boundary between an investigable historical fact and an artistic guess and creation inspired by that research is not clearly marked. Różycki’s work becomes a pretext for experimenting with forms and patterns, experimenting with the genre of musical theater and bringing characters and demons to life on stage. It is up to the public to believe in the history and actuality of this opera or to treat it with suspicion.

Tickets at the price of 20 PLN are available on the Institute’s website and on the GoOut.net website.

The progress of the implementation of the project and its documentation can be constantly monitored on the blog www.placowkateatru.pl managed by the creators and on the “Placówki” fanpage on Facebook.


The project was carried out within the framework of the 7th edition of the “Placówka” program, with which we have been supporting the theatrical research of artists and creative groups for six years. The program supports the creation of projects that can significantly contribute to the enrichment of Polish theatrical life through original artistic and thematic proposals. All varieties of contemporary performing arts can be submitted, including those that combine theater with dance, visual arts, media and social activism.

So far, the Theater Institute has funded eleven projects within the framework of the “Placówka”: “The Life and Death of Janina Węgrzynowska” by Ludomir Franczak (premiere on May 6, 2016), the trans-opera “Anestezja » by daed baitz (premiere on December 3, 2016), “Negronautki” by Wiktor Okwara (premiere on September 7, 2017), “Flag no. 5” by Monika Drożyńska (premiere on September 21, 2017), “Malina” by Marta Malikowska ( premieres: November 3 and 4, 2018), performance by Joanna Pawlik (premiere November 14, 2019), “The Rite of Spring on Aturi and Shameful Mimosa” by Klaudia Hartung-Wójciak (premieres: September 18, 19 and 20, 2020), ” The Thirteenth Sign” by Lukáš Jiřička (premiere September 29, 2021), “VORTEX” by Paweł Sakowicz (premiere September 30, 2021), “Performances I Didn’t Make” by Ula Kijak (premiere October 2, 2021) and “I Became a Scene” by Monika Reks and Coma Ni Cres (premiering October 3, 2021).

Krzysztof Cichenski (1986) is an interdisciplinary artist. He works primarily as an opera director, playwright and librettist, and is involved in numerous educational initiatives. He conceives events at the frontier of spatial action, sound art and performance (including opera installations). Author of sets and music, lighting designer, poet and theatrologist. From 2005 to 2018, Cicheński led the independent artistic group Teatr Automaton. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Interior Design and Scenography at the Magdalena Abakanowicz University of Arts in Poznan.


Julia Kosek is the author of costumes, scenography, video and light direction for opera, ballet and theater performances, and a master in psychology. In 2011-2018 she co-founded the Poznań alternative group, the Automaton Theater. Occasionally, she also works as a stylist during concerts, music videos and photo shoots.


Hubert Walawski comes from Krakow. In 2014, he obtained his master’s studies with honors at the vocal and acting department of the Poznań Music Academy in the class of Tomasz Zagórski and his bachelor’s studies in the class of Jerzy Mechliński. During his training, he took his first steps on stage as a soloist, collaborating with the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk and the Poznań Opera. He perfected his skills by participating in: the European Academy of Vocal Art at the Silesian Opera in Bytom, the Education Program for Young Talents at the Grand Theater – National Opera in Warsaw, the European Academy of Music as part of of the Opéra d’Aix-en-Provance Festival in France and master classes under the direction of musicians such as: Ryszard Karczykowski, Wiesław Ochman, Stefania Toczyska, Izabela Kłosińska, Andrzej Dobber, Eytan Passen, Jan Ballarin, Linda Watson, Marius Vlad, David Syrus. In May 2014, he won the Jan Kiepura in the Best Singer Debut category (for the role of Bougrelas in the opera “Ubu Rex” by K. Penderecki). The singer is also the winner of the special prize of the Union of Polish Performing Artists at the 10th International Vocal Competition “Golden Voices” 2015 in Warsaw. In 2017 he received the Ryszard Wagner Fellowship from the Wagner Society in Chemnitz. In 2014-2018 Hubert Walawski was a member of the opera studio Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, and in 2016-2018 he was a soloist of the Chemnitz Opera (Germany). In December 2019, the singer received the Golden Rose at the 6th edition of the gala concert “Bitwa Tenorów na Róże” organized by Alicja Węgorzewska’s StartSmart Foundation. In the artistic season 2020/2021 he collaborates with the Warsaw Chamber Opera, incl. playing the role of Castor in the opera “Castor et Pollux” by JP Rameau, or Oebalus in the multimedia production “Apollon et Hyacinthe” by WA Mozart as part of the “OperaOK!” series.

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