"Era Scheaffera", form left: Waldemar Obłoza, Agnieszka Wielgosz, Marek Frąckowiak
A special multi-media event in commemoration of the 80th birthday of Poland's most prolific composer and playwright, Boguslaw Schaeffer, is on in Edinburgh this weekend as part of the Fringe Festival
Aurea Porta & Universal Arts present four performances of Era Schaeffera (Schaeffer's Era) at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The show is an interactive, audio-visual, multi-media performance featuring the Amadeus Polish National Radio Orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal, the Olga Szwajgier Jazz Quartet, Boguslaw Schaeffer on piano and jazz vocalist Urszula Dudziak. The performance includes Schaeffer's play A Multimedia Thing, featuring actors Marek Frąckowiak, Waldemar Obłoza and Agnieszka Wielgosz, along with dancer Witold Jurewicz and soprano Valentina Pannino. The play is directed by Maciej Sobocinski.
Boguslaw Schaeffer is one of the prominent leaders of the post-World War II European avantgarde. He is widely considered to be the "father of new music in Poland". As the author of forty plays, many books on modern music and more than five hundred musical compositions, Schaeffer is also a graphic designer and his plays are among the most frequently performed in Poland. Eugène Ionesco wrote Three Dreams about Schaeffer in his honour. His Klavier Konzert was part of the film soundtrack to David Lynch's Inland Empire.
A selection of graphic works by Schaeffer have been exhibited in the main Foyer at EICCthrough the month August, while drawings and graphics can be seen and samples of music heard at www.universalartsfestival.com.
The event is organised by Aurea Porta & Universal Arts with the support of the Polish Cultural Institute, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National heritage, the Adam Mickiewicza Institute, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh. It is part of the Universal Arts Festival at this year's edition of the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, the biggest arts festival in the world. This year it takes place between August 6-20, presenting big names in the world of entertainment to up-and-coming performers in theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events. The event was started in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival for performers who were not welcome there.
Performances of Era Schaeffera: August 20 & 21, 19:00 and August 22, 15:00 and 19:00.
Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Conference Centre
150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE