Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter, Passover, Norooz, Spring...

To all readers of Moonrise Press books - Best wishes for Happy Easter, Passover (passed) and Norooz (also passed)...

Here's my haiku (Japanese) for everyone celebrating the coming of the spring and new hope, new life, new beginning...

Maja Trochimczyk

the lily of our valley sings happiness in high noon sun

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Saturday - Teatr Hybrydy Sing Milosz and Herbert at the Ruskin

Rushing running living

WHO: Piano and Voice – Dominika Świątek | Narration – Bartłomiej Ardecki
Guitar – Marcin Dąbrowski | Directed by Maciej Dzięciołowski

WHERE: Ruskin Art Club, 800 S. Plymouth, Los Angeles, CA 90005

WHEN: Saturday, 9 March 2013, 6:30 p.m.

WHAT:  Music theater inspired by the poetry and music of Czeslaw Milosz, Zbigniew Herbert, Juliusz Slowacki Jacek Kaczmarski, Marian Hemar, Wladyslaw Szpilman
Performed by Dominika Świątek, Bartłomiej Ardecki and Marcin Dąbrowski. Directed by Maciej Dzięciołowski. Performed in Polish with English translations.

RSVP: Moonrise Press, c/o Maja Trochimczyk, PO Box 4288 Sunland CA 91041-4288;
$25 per person, $15 students PayPal:, Tel: 818 352 4411


North of 10, South-west of 101;
West of Crenshaw Blvd and South
Of Wilshire Blvd.  Street Parking.

Teatr Hybrydy UW is one of the oldest student theaters in Poland, the cultural heir of the legendary Hybrydy founded in 1957. In its earlier iteration,  Hybrydy was the springboard to national career of such great musicans and writers as: singers and writers Wojciech Młynarski, Jonasz Kofta, and Jan Pietrzak, and jazz musicians Urszula Dudziak, Michał Urbaniak, and Krzysztof Komeda. The re-activated Teatr Hybrydy UW is connected to Poland’s best institution of higher education, the University of Warsaw, since Hybrydy’s inception in 2005. The Hybrydy ensemble includes students and graduates of other colleges and universities, especially from the arts and music departments. Hybrydy has performed several dozen premieres and has a broad repertoire of many plays and concerts. The texts range from ambitious poetry by Herbert, Miłosz, or Słowacki, to humorous work by Mrożek, Przybora or Kaczmarski. The lighter fare includes dance and music, mystery plays, comedies, cabaret, and more. The Teatr Hybrydy UW has presented its projects in many locations in Poland and abroad, while working under the auspices of important cultural institutions in Poland. It is beloved by its audiences. 

Dominika Świątek is a singer, composer, and a Polish literature scholar. She is the co-founder of the legendary Teatr Hybrydy UW, reborn in 2005. On stage, she performs poetry and music. She issued two CDs with her compositions: Siódmy Anioł (The Seventh Angel) to the poetry of Zbigniew Herbert (issued in 2006 by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage), and Proroctwo (Prophecy) to the poetry by Juliusz Słowacki (issued in 2010 by the Senate of the Republic of Poland). Świątek created a musical evening based on the work of a Russian poet, Osip Mandelstam, premiered in 2012 by the Jewish Theater. In addition to her own works, she performs songs by Bulat Okudzawa, Jacek Kaczmarski, and, with her ensemble „Piąty Dzień” (The Fifth Day), she sings Serge Gainsbourg’s songs. She wrote music to poems by a contemporary Polish poet, Marlene Zynger and currently works on a CD to poetry by Miłosz and on another CD to include her own songs about men and women. Świątek performed in many cities in Poland, as well as in Lvov, Vilnius, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Berlin and Birmingham.

Marcin Dąbrowski, educated as a psychologist, is a graphic artist and musician. The owner of an arts agency, he writes texts and arranges music in his spare time. His musical interests started in elementary school when he encountered the work of Jacek Kaczmarski. He soon decided that his musical development would be best served by the guitar. In recent years, he participated in several dozen musical projects as a guitar player and singer. He also appears with his ensemble, where he performs the multiple roles of a lyricist, arranger, singer and guitarist.

Bartłomiej Ardecki is an actor and a student of the University of Warsaw  and of the Military Technical Academy in Warsaw. He is also established as a chef, working in several well-known Warsaw restaurants. Ardecki appeared in many performances by Teatr Hybrydy UW. He also performed in Polish films and collaborated with actors’ agencies and publicity firms.

Maciej Dzięciołowski is a director, actor, stage designer, manager, lawyer, and a lecturer.  He graduated from the Ludwik Solski Theater University in Kraków, as well as the University of Warsaw and the Wyszyński University in Warsaw. In 2005, he co-created the re-activeated Teatr Hybrydy UW. Since 2006, he directed many spectacles and concerts, performed in Poland and abroad. In Warsaw his work was seen at Teatr Ochota, Palladium, Collegium Nobilium, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Museum of Independence, and other theaters. His shows were presented on stage in France, Austria, Russia, Canada and Lithuania. He received many scholarships and awards. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Golden Leaf for directing and writing the spectacle „Jak ty nic nie rozumiesz...” (How you do not understand anything).