Whispers and Shadows:
Barocco / Whispers and Shadows / 3 for 13
Johann Sebastian Bach/Paweł Szymański/Paweł Mykietyn
29.04.2021 - online premiere, 12.06.2021 - premiere on stage
1 hour 50 minutes
Jacek Przybyłowicz
Ballet of Opera Nova


Jacek Przybyłowicz
Costume and stage designers:
Jacek Przybyłowicz, Paweł Grabarczyk
Lighting designer:
Maciej Igielski
Multimedia projections:
Ewa Krasucka
II choreographer's assistant:
Andrzej Makowski


BAROCCO: Abigail Cockrell, Rafał Tandek, Arisa Suzuki, Tomasz Siedlecki, Amelia Małysz, Paweł Nowicki, Olga Markari, Aleksandra Wiśniewska, Mariusz Kowalczyk

together with Agnieszka Błaszczyk, Anna Bobrowska, Gabriela Dąbek, Beatriz Gijón, Monica Gomez Sanchez, Cai Sesma Perez, Martin Hammer, Matthias Kastl

Cello solo: Adam Szurka, Mikołaj Wojciechowski


WHISPERS AND SHADOWS: Amelia Małysz, Arisa Suzuki, Martin Hammer, Matthias Kastl, Artem Rybalchenko, Marta Berezowska, Wiktor Dieriewianko, Krzysztof Górski, Abigail Cockrell, Takumi Mitsuhashi

together with Monica Gomez Sanchez, Mizuki Higashino, Olga Karpowicz, Cai Sesma Perez, Patryk Jurczyk, Paweł Nowicki, Tomasz Siedlecki, Rafał Tandek


3 FOR 13: Amelia Małysz, Arisa Suzuki, Abigail Cockrell, Paweł Nowicki, Olga Karpowicz, Rafał Tandek, Mizuki Higashino, Matthias Kastl, Masafumi Okuzono, Takumi Mitsuhashi 

together with Anna Bobrowska, Marta Berezowska, Olga Markari, Toko Tatekawa, Angelika Wojciechowska, Wiktor Dieriewianko, Mariusz Kowalczyk, Pedro Rizzi, Artem Rybalchenko


Whispers and Shadows is a ballet triptych by one of the greatest Polish dancers and choreographers of the contemporary dance. Jacek Przybyłowicz has already worked with the Ballet of Opera Nova in 2015, staging the choreography for the legendary Condemnation of Faust

Barocco with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, was created for the Lyon Dance Biennale in 2004, and has already been staged by several European dance companies. The latest version of this acclaimed work, which opens the performance, has been adapted to the artistic emploi of the Opera Nova Ballet. 

The remaining parts: Whispers and Shadows to Paweł Szymański's music and 3 for 13 to Paweł Mykietyn's composition, were staged as prepremieres for the Opera Nova troupe of dancers in Bydgoszcz.


Jacek Przybyłowicz - a graduate of the Warsaw Ballet School and the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (ballet pedagogy). In the years of 1987-1991, he was a dancer at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. After leaving Poland, he performed in Germany and Israel until the end of his dancing career. For 7 years he was a dancer of the Kibbutrz Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Rami Be'er. He also performed with the Batsheva Dance Company in Ohad Naharin's Kyr at the Yair Shapiro Awards. 

After twelve years abroad, Mr Przybyłowicz came back to Poland in 2002 to work with the Polish Dance Theatre. With the Poznań company he staged The Dove’s Necklace (2003), Barocco (2004), commissioned by the Biennale de la Danse, Lyon, and Nuembir. He created four ballets for the Polish National Ballet: A Few Brief Sequences (2005), Alpha Kryonia Xe (2006), a piece set to Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Song of the Night’ (2006), and Six Wings of Angels (2012). He was also commissioned by the Poznań Opera House to direct the opera King Oedipus (2013), which was recorded for ARTE. In Poland, most recently he staged Monochrome (Kielce Dance Theatre, 2014) and Infolia (Poznań Opera House, 2015). He mainly works abroad, in Spain (Dantzaz Kampainia), the Czech Republic (Prague Chamber Ballet), China (Beijing Dance LTDX), and Germany (Tanzcompagnie Giessen). His works are regularly shown at dance festivals in Italy, France, Cyprus, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Hungary, China, the USA, Tunisia, Russia, and Ukraine.

Important productions: Naszyjnik gołębicy, Barocco, Jesień Nuembir, 45, Kilka krótkich sekwencji, Alpha Kryonia Xe, III Symfonia - pieśń o nocy, Sześć skrzydeł aniołów, II Koncert skrzypcowy, Infolia, Gra w karty, Monochrome, Poza horyzont, Globe, Mistic Vapor, Verlorenheit, Sono nero, Solo nr. 6

From 2009 to 2014 he was the director of the Ballet of the Poznań Opera House, curator of the Poznań Ballet Spring, and co-founder of the educational series ‘Teren Tańca – Reinterpretacje’ (Dance Terrain – Reinterpretations), co-run by the Poznań Opera House and the Adam Mickiewicz University. He received multiple scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Jacek Przybyłowicz received the Bronze Gloria Artis Medal for Services to Culture in 2012. 

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