CINDERELLA

The ballet rendition of the popular fairy tale of Cinderella, two mean stepsisters and a cruel stepmother has been prepared by Giorgio Madia, an eminent choreographer from Milan. The former soloist with the Bejart Ballet and the San Franciscoo Ballet, today he works on his own productions on the musical stages of Vienna and Berlin. Cinderella in his interpretation is enhanced with new meanings, while still retaining the universal sense of the tale. Combining subtle lyricism with irony and a sense of humour, the production uses an original choreographic language and proves surprisingly spectacular. The music is compiled from fragments of Rossini's operatic and chamber compositions. This moving performance of superb comic quality is bound to delight young and adult audiences alike.

LITTLE LORD

Cedric, a boy of eleven, unexpectedly becomes Lord Fauntleroy and future heir to great estates. His grandfather, an English aristocrat, excitable and selfish, orders his only grandson back from America to his castle in England. Contrary to the prevailing opinion, Cedric considers his grandfather an epitome of goodness and nobleness, and the man begins to try hard not to fail the child’s expectations. As a result, the boy ‘s trustfulness and faith in goodness bring the old Earl back into the world of the loving and the loved. This production is intended for audiences of all ages. It will make children realise the value of certain behaviours, helping them put their own worlds to an order. The adults will be taken back to their childhood stories, still true today because, as Steven Markwick points out, one is never too old or powerful to learn humility and love.

OPERA UNLIMITED

An educational spectacle in which the orchestra and soloists of the Krakow Opera will stage fragments of the greatest opera, operetta, musical and ballet works. The purpose of the performance is to show young spectators how a theatre spectacle is created and to introduce them to names and the most eminent composers and performers of these works through an anecdote and an attempt to define genres of a musical theatre.

The host of the spectacle will be Marek Pacuła - a famous Krakow-based satirist, for years related to the artistic centre Piwnica pod Baranami, currently a journalist and an announcer. The spectacle will feature fragments of The Haunted ManorCarmen, Madama Butterfly, The Merry Widow, Don Giovanni, Swan Lake and other.

THE BOOK OF FOREST

Is a fairy tale presented in the form of musical theatre and focused on the theme of a quest for ecological values that provide human life with harmony and sense. A dried out, primeval forest is filled with deadly silence. A Woodcutter comes to cut a 1000-year -old oak tree growing there. Before he starts his work he discovers that the reason for the lack of life in the forest is the illness of Echo who had to reverberate the screams of people who had no respect for the silence of the forest for such a long time that its throat became hoarse and finally lost its voice. This is when the animals and the birds took their leave. The Woodcutter decides to rescue the forest and goes in search of a cure for the stricken Echo. During his numerous adventures, in which he encounters the remaining inhabitants of the forest, he finds three enchanted flowers and learns the magic words contained therein, which, as we discover, are the keys to a happy life. When, in the final scene, he exclaims the magic words together with the audience so loudly that they can be heard by all the children in the world, Echo regains its voice and the forest comes back to life. The production is addressed not only to children but also to their parents and teachers, giving them a very good reason to talk about what is really important in life, and worthy of respect and care. 

THE NUTCTACKER

One of the world’s most popular classical ballets is a story of a girl taken by her Christmas toy on a journey through a fairyland of wonders where anything is possible... The fairytale novella ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ was written in 1816 by the German poet and author E. T. A. Hoffmann. The ballet rendition of the story was conceived by the imagination of Marius Petipa, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky was commissioned to compose the music, following the success of The Sleeping Beauty. The premiere was held at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre in 1892.

The present production has been created by Emil Wesołowski, a prominent Polish choreographer, with ties to the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw for the past 30 years, as a dancer, head of the ballet company, and director of stage productions. The audience will be guided through the magical worlds of the show by Marek Grabowski’s painterly stage design, using state-of-theart technologies, and our workshops have produced about two hundred costumes designed by Maria Balcerek. Performed by the Krakow Opera Ballet, the dance show can be equally enjoyed by children and adults.