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Sir Twardowski

Ludomir Różycki
Tomasz Tokarczyk
2 hours 0 minutes



2 hours 0 minutes | 1 intermission
Ludomir Różycki
Stefania Różycka
World premiere
Warsaw, 9.05.1921
premiere at the Krakow Opera
One of the most popular works by Ludomir Różycki – only in the period of 1921-1929 it was staged as many as 300 times. Originally, the composer told the story of the legendary Polish sorcerer, using a symphonic poem, yet later he "translated" it into the language of ballet. The libretto was prepared by Różycki's wife Stefania (writing under the pseudonym of S. Ordon), on the basis of novel Master Twardowski by Józef Ignacy Kraszewski. Nine ballet paintings illustrate successive scenes from the magician's life - from the first appearance of the devil in his atelier, through signing a pact, evoking the spirit of Barbara Radziwiłł or winning the love of an eastern princess, to the events in the Rzym (Rome) inn and, finally, landing on the moon. Certainly, Różycki bases his musical interpretations of these events on Polish folk and national dances, such as krakowiak, polonaise, oberek or highlanders’ dance; there are also references to dance music of other nations, such as czardas, waltz and stylised oriental dances.


poster by
Andrzej Pągowski

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Choreographer and stage director: Violetta Suska

Music director: Tomasz Tokarczyk

Set and costume designer:  Maria Balcerek

Multimedia and lighting designer: Marcin Nogas

Choreographer's assistant: Alesia Smyrnova, Dzmitry Prokharau

Music director's assistant: Piotr Wacławik

Stage managers: Justyna Jarocka-Lejzak, Mateusz Makselon
Devil | Dzmitry Prokharau

Young Twardowski | Yauheni Raukuts

Old Twardowski | Yauheni Yatskevich

Mrs Twardowska | Anastasiya Krasouskaya

The Golden Woman | Malika Tokkozhina

The Passion | Agnieszka Chlebowska

Krakow dolls | Sofia Manca, Mariana Morfin

Mother | Gabriela Kubacka

Death | Agnieszka Chlebowska

Creditors | Dina Ratoń,  Mizuki Kurosawa, Gabriele Togni

Lajkonik | Gabriele Togni

Models | Julia Galambos, Dina Ratoń, Teresa Żurowska

The Krakow Opera Orchestra and Ballet and Ballet Studio


Category B
1st seats Marshal's Balcony
110 zł
2nd seats Amphitheater rows IV-IX
75 zł
3rd seats Amphitheater rows I-III and X-XII
60 zł
4th seats Side seats and rows XIII - XIV Right-hand and left-hand side boxes (level 1) Balcony level II rows I and II
40 zł
5th seats Balcony rows III and IV
30 zł


Adam Czopek,, 1.12.2021
“A colourful and dynamic performance has been prepared with adequate dramaturgy, filled with numerous episodes manifesting the aforementioned themes in the form of a dream of the main character. The choreographer has to be praised for the ability of combining classical dance with elements and forms of modern and character dance. Important elements building the atmosphere of the entire performance were the fanciful costumes and the set design created by Maria Balcerek, assisted by the lights and projections by Marcin Nogas. […] As far as the level of performance is concerned, it must be noted that the entire ballet team of the Kraków Opera has shown its creative potential in the play. Dzmitry Prokharau as Devil, Yauheni Raukuts as Young Twardowski and Agnieszka Chlebowska as Woman in Red shone like stars. Sofia Manca and Marianna Morfin-Schanchez in the impressive choreography of Kraków Puppets were also memorable. Tomasz Tokarczyk at the conductor’s stand tried to bring out the lyrical fragments and the symphonic character of Różycki's music. He carefully minded the tempo, thus assisting the dancers in peaceful performance of their tasks,”

Dofinansowano ze środków Ministra Kultury, Dziedzictwa Narodowego i Sportu pochodzących z Funduszu Promocji Kultury – państwowego funduszu celowego”, w ramach programu „Taniec”, realizowanego przez Narodowy Instytut Muzyki i Tańca