The 32nd edition of the Stage Songs Festival welcomes major artists from all over for a review of the latest music from the world's main stage and underground scene. Legendary artist of New York’s underground Meredith Monk, Canadian songstress Jorane and a hip-hop ensemble from Moscow are some of the international stars performing...
Joanne Pelletier - Jorane, courtesy of PPA
The 32nd edition of the Stage Songs Festival welcomes major artists from all over for a review of the latest music from the world's main stage and underground scene
Legendary artist of New York's underground Meredith Monk, Canadian songstress Jorane and a hip-hop ensemble from Moscow are some of the international stars performing during 32nd Review of Stage Songs in Wrocław.
Meredith Monk, the legendary vocalist/performer whose career blossomed in the avant-garde world of 1960s New York alongside contemporaries including Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and Andy Warhol, is presenting a performance of her Songs of Ascension. The work talks about beauty, freedom and sacrifice. Buddhism and the notion of spiritual enlightenment are the inspiration for this luminous piece of music theatre which has all the hallmarks of Monk's distinctive and evocative vocal style. It is brought to life with visualisation created in collaboration with American multi-media artist Ann Hamilton, as well as live music performed by Meredith Monk along with Vocal Ensemble, string quartet conducted by Todd Reynolds, and a choir. This is its third presentation worldwide. In Wrocław it enjoys two performances (March 18 & 19) at theTeatr Polski.
French-Canadian singer/cellist Joanne Pelletier known by her stage name Jorane. In a spectacle prepared especially for the Wrocław event, Jorane performs in a duet with a pianist Anthony Rozankovic (March 20) at the Impart Art Centre).
The review in Wrocław also features Tony Award-winner (for the role of Éponine in Les Misérables) Frances Ruffelle. The star of the American musical performs on March 23 at the Art Centre Impart with her recital showcasing the vast spectrum of her acting and vocal skills. Her act consists of songs of the genre (Jacques Brel, Kurt Weill, Nick Cave, Tom Waits).
Moscow hip-hop promise to bring a different flavour to the event with their performance of Cops on Fire on March 20 at Teatr Polski. It is a group of true hip-hop or rather hip-opera artists - using cardboard, comic book-like decorations, entertaining tricks and professional choreography to tell their story.
On March 24 at the Eter club hosts Cibelle, an artist from Sao Paulo who brings together bossa nova with groovy jazz, lounge music and South American inspirations with electronica. Cibelle's music is difficult to classify; she has been called a self-styled purveyor of "Tropical Punk".
Apart from the performances of international stars, during the 32nd Review of Stage Songs, a second stage of the Actor's Song Competition, OFF performances, film screenings and concerts by progressive Polish artists and bands: Magda Umer, Paris Tetris, Women's Choir of the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute.
The Review of Stage Songs is one of the Poland's oldest and most significant festivals, with a history of over 30 years now. It has always had a very distinctive mark of a highbrow artistic event, exploring the most interesting trends in music and theatre and the links between the genres. The festival consists of Mainstream, which presents the best singing actors and music performances, and OFF Stream that gives a chance for young artists to present their ideas.
The 32nd edition of the festival takes place over ten days in Wroclaw, with close to 30 shows. For a detailed programme and more information, see: www.ppa.art.pl