1 SEPTEMBER 2018, Saturday


During the last two days of the Festival, Grzybowski Square and Próżna Street will host art installations, street stands and booths offering memorabilia. This colorful place will give everyone an opportunity to move to the world so vividly described by I. B. Singer, if only for a moment. Come and take a journey to the pre-war Warsaw and the unique Singer Market.

 


12.00 “SHABBAT COOKING WITH REAL YIDDISHE MAME” – COOKING WORKSHOPS HOSTED BY MARIA TKACZYK

A unique opportunity to learn how to prepare traditional Shabbat dishes, the way they were prepared in the Jewish homes. Supervised by the host, we will prepare stuffed eggs, egg salad, liver salad, herring and the specialty of Maria Tkaczyk – gefilte fish.

Maria Tkaczyk worked for the embassy of Israel. In her family home, members of the Jewish community celebrated all holidays organized there for the whole community. She was the wife of the Shulklopfer and for 15 years she was the chef in the Lauder-Morash Schools’ kitchen.

Accompanying event organized by the Jewish Theatre – Yiddish Culture Center

Menora InfoPunkt, 2 Grzybowski Sq., entry through Charlotte Menora,

Duration: 3-4 hours

Workshops are available upon purchasing a ticket, the number of seats: 12, 180 zloty, tickets available at www.teatr-zydowski.art.pl, and, as of 30 July, at the box office of the Jewish Theatre at 35 Senatorska St., phone: +48 22 850 64 35 or in the Club of the Command of Garrison in Warsaw, 141a Niepodległości Ave., tel.: +48 22 850 56 56

 


12.00 POETRY MORNING LITERARY MEETINGS IN THE CASTLE: “A UNIQUE ADDRESS: 13 TŁOMACKIE ST. FORGOTTEN PAGES OF THE JEWISH WARSAW”

Hosted by: Daniel Artymowski

Music: Joanna Stefańska-Matraszek (soprano), Janusz Tylman (piano)

Organized in cooperation with the Museum Activity Studio of the Royal Castle in Warsaw

Café Zamek, The Royal Castle in Warsaw, 4 Plac Zamkowy (Castle Square)

Entry upon presentation of 10 zloty voucher

 


12.00 A WALK AROUND THE JEWISH LESZNO WITH JAN JAGIELSKI

Today, the former Leszno Street is part of Solidarności Avenue. The E. Ringelblum Jewish History Institute, that will be our starting point is located in the remaining library of the Great Synagogue on Tłomackie. From there, we will go to the front of Muranów cinema theatre. This is where the building of 2 Leszno St. was located – in the ghetto, it was “Sztuka” cafe (this is where Wiera Gran, Władysław Szpilman performed and the MC was the poet, Władysław Szlengel). We will be passing the places of the former buildings in which Cyprian Kamil Norwid, Emanuel Ringelblum, and Marek Edelman lived. We will pass the exit of Karmelicka Street (and the murals) and reach John Paul II Ave. The stop will be in front of the Courts (this was the place of escapes from the ghetto). Our walk will end at Grzybowska St., a place where I.B. Singer and Perlmutter lived.

Jan Jagielski – co-founder and chairman of the board of Capital City Committee Protecting Jewish Commentaries and Culture Monuments.  Since 1991, he has been working at the Jewish History Institute, where he created a department documenting material trails of Jewish presence in Poland, which he currently heads.

Meeting point: in front of the building of the Jewish Historical Institute at 3/5 Tłomackie (next to the Blue Tower)

 


13.00 JEWISH LITERARY SALON: MASTERS READ – FRAGMENTS OF THE WORK BY SHALOM ASH INTERPRETED BY MACIEJ STUHR

Maciej Stuhr – film and stage actor, director. A graduate of psychology at the Jagiellonian University and acting studies in Kraków’s Theatre School. His first element was the artistic cabaret, though he continues to pursue his passion for cabaret, for instance by performing in Pożar w Burdelu “Museum of Freedom.” In recent years, he played several outstanding roles, including “Obława” directed by M. Krzyształowicz, “Pokłosie” by W. Pasikowski, films by W. Smarzowski or “The Red Captain” by M. Kollar. He performs in well-known TV shows, including “Belfer” and “Bez tajemnic.” 10 years ago, he became a member of the team of Teatr Nowy in Warszawa. The most important stage shows with his appearance include “(A)pollonia,” “Koniec” and “Francuzi.” He also plays with K. Janda in the show called “Boska” in Teatr Polonia. The winner of multiple prestigious awards, such as the silver Gloria Artis medal and the Golden Cross of Merits,  Zbyszek Cybulski award and the “Eagle;” he is also the member of the European Film Academy.

Austrian Cultural Forum, 7/9 Próżna St.

Entry upon confirmation, entrance tickets will be available for collection in the Festival Office as of 6 August, 35 Senatorska St., phone: +48 883 619 298, +48 883 619 301

 


13.00 JEWISH SONG WORKSHOPS HOSTED BY TERESA WROŃSKA

Teresa Wrońska – pianist, composer, arranger. She has been working as the music director of the Jewish Theatre in Warsaw since 1983. In 2015, she was decorated with the Golden Merit Cross for her artistic achievements.

Menora InfoPunkt, 2 Grzybowski Sq., entry through Charlotte Menora,

Free admission

 


14.30 “TO POLAND” – SŁAWOMIR HOLLAND’S SHOW BASED ON ABRAHAM SUCKEWER

Directed by: Sławomir Holland, music score: Michał Górczyński, director’s consultant: Jolanta Denejko, scenography: Adam Jankiewicz

Cast: Sławomir Holland

The poem “To Poland” written by Abraham Suckewer is the declaration of love for one’s homeland. The longing that forces him to face the truth about his country comes from love. Because only for love, you can say the most difficult truths. As the ones about the war that gave so much power to human vileness that divided the world into those who are to survive and those who have no right to exist.

Sławomir Holland – actor, a graduate of the Theatre School in Wrocław. He worked for many Warsaw theatres, currently, he Teatr Ateneum. His output includes roles in more than a hundred films and TV shows and many important stage roles, such as the awarded monodrama “Josel Rakower’s Conversation with God.” In the famous “Seven Gates of Jerusalem” composed by Krzysztof Penderecki, he is the Narrator.

Michał Górczyński – musician and composer, a graduate of the Chopin University of  Music. He focuses on improvisation and contemporary classical music interpretation, he is also the author of the music score for Yiddish language and Japanese and Farsi literature. He performed with Kwartet Śląski, “Aukso” Orchestra and Podlaska Philharmonics, he is also the co-founder and member of Kwartludium band.

The Small Stage, Kwadrat Theatre, 138 Marszałkowska St.

Ticketed event. Tickets available on eventim.pl and www.teatr-zydowski.art.pl, and, as of 30 July, at the box office of the Jewish Theatre at 35 Senatorska St., phone: +48 22 850 64 35 or in the Club of the Command of Garrison in Warsaw, 141a Niepodległości Ave., tel.: +48 22 850 56 56

 


15.00 TELL ME YOUR STORY – MEETING WITH DOMINIQUE PIFARÉLY |FR|

Hosted by: Adam Baruch

Dominique Pifarély – outstanding violinist, improviser, composer. Comprehensive and active, he has been playing the violin since the time he was 6 years old. After the classical musical education, when he was still very young, he took an interest in rock, jazz, and improvisation. Quickly, he became a very appreciated and recognized soloist. He co-created Sclavis-Pifarély Acoustic Quartet, Deadeles band, in which he continues to perform today and the multiple trios and quartets as well as literary shows. In 2000, he founded Sclavis-Pifarély Acoustic Quartet, the band in which he is a leader and composer. He regularly performs in Europe and the United States, Canada, Japan, Inia, as well as Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. He is also the teacher of the master classes

Austrian Cultural Forum, 7/9 Próżna St.

Free admission

 


15.00 “A KOSHER VODKA IN JEWISH TRADITION” – LECTURE BY ANDRZEJ SZUMOWSKI

Andrzej Szumowski – president of Polish Vodka Association, chairman of the Main Board of the Employers Association “Polish Spirit Industry.” As of 2003, he has been appointed the vice-president of the Management Board of Wyborowa S.A., currently, he is also the spokesperson of the Company and the External Affairs Director. His 25-year long professional career started in the Ministry of Economic Cooperation with Abroad, he was also the undersecretary in the Office of European Integration and the advisor to the Head of the Chancellory Office of the President of Poland. A graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Warsaw and postgraduate public relations studies in the Warsaw School of Economics where he currently lectures.

Menora InfoPunkt, 2 Grzybowski Sq., entry through Charlotte Menora,

Free admission

 


16.00 YIDDISH ON THE GRASS – CONCERT POLINA & MERLIN SHEPHERD|RU/UK|

Line-up: Polina Shepherd (vocals, piano), Merlin Shepherd (clarinet)

…an explosive mixture of powerful dance rhythms and profound melodies of the Steppes and the Shtetl spiced up by Tatar Bazaars and washed down with a fisherman’s song from Odessa…

Merlin & Polina Shepherd perform together in a way that is rarely encountered.  Playing music from several linked cultures and maintaining the styles, they also incorporate improvisation, freedom, and spontaneity. With a unique approach and dynamic, they perform Klezmer, Turkish, Russian, Greek, and Romanian Music and they weave a sound that, so like Music from these countries themselves, moves the listener physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The Summer Stage of the Jewish Theatre, 35 Senatorska St.

Free admission

 


16.30 THE POETRY STOP SNAPSHOTS AND DETAILS. THE POETRY OF REJZL ŻYCHLIŃSKA, RYWKA BASMAN BEN CHAIM, AND MINDY RINKEWICH

Selected and translated by: Karolina Szymaniak

The poems will be read by: Barbara Szeliga and Joanna Przybyłowska.

Accompaniment: Mirosław Kuźniak (violin)

Sosiser restuarant 2 Bagno St.

Free admission

 


17.00 SINGER JAZZ FESTIVAL: “WOMAN IN BLACK” – SASHA STRUNIN & GARY GUTHMAN QUARTET |PL/US| CONCERT

Line-up: Sasha Strunin (vocals), Gary Guthman (trumpet), Piotr Wrombel (piano), Paweł Pańta (double bass), Cezary Konrad (percussion)

This is a “jazz noir” music story about the transition of a very young girl into a conscious woman and a mature artist.

Charmed by the Broadway’s music, the charismatic Sasha Strunin was lucky to be born to an artistic family. She grew up surrounded by the works of opera and music theatre as well as films and music from the Golden Age of Hollywood, among which, several decades earlier, a composer fascinated by noir and a jazz musician, Gary Guthman grew up.

His excellent compositions and modern arrangements combine swing and jazz with contemporary sounds together with the singer’s support in this beautiful story about womanhood make up for a wonderful musical show.

The large stage of Kwadrat Theatre, 138 Marszałkowska St.

Ticketed event. Tickets available on eventim.pl and www.teatr-zydowski.art.pl, and, as of 30 July, at the box office of the Jewish Theatre at 35 Senatorska St., phone: +48 22 850 64 35 or in the Club of the Command of Garrison in Warsaw, 141a Niepodległości Ave., tel.: +48 22 850 56 56

 


17.30 JEWISH LITERARY SALON: “DOUBLE LIFE OF A REPORTER. FALLACI. TORAŃSKA” – PROMOTION OF REMIGIUSZ GRZELA BOOK, AWARDED THE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 TITLE

Hosted by: Renata Kim.

The meeting will be attended by: Teresa Torańska’s husband – Leszek Sankowski, Professor Michał Głowiński, Małgorzata Domagalik

Two exceptional women, two strong personalities, two outstanding journalists. Bold, uncompromising, amazingly hard working. More emphatic, sharp but never crossing the standards, Teresa Torańska and Oriana Fallaci, unscrupulous, said to have nothing that would hold her back. Sometimes they passed each other on the reporters’ trail but never actually met. Teresa Torańska kept saying she was born in 1968. It was a breakthrough. Political awakening. She wrote a book about March 1968 “Being. Farewells” and together with Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz made a movie “Gdański Station.”

One of them was born in Florence, the other in Wolkowysk. The one from Florence started her professional career from the trip around the world, the one from Wolkowysk started on a journey to the state-owned farm in the region of Kujawy. (…) Remigiusz Grzela wrote an important and wise book about them. He was not paralyzed by a fear of the inevitable comparison. And rightly so. He is a worthy partner for both of them: for Oriana Fallaci and for Teresa Torańska. [Hanna Krall]

Remigiusz Grzela – journalist, writer, and playwright. He is the author of several books, including those dedicated to Franz Kafka, Joanna Penson, Wiera Gran and Irena Gelblum (Irena Conti Di Mauro), interviews with Marian Kociniak and Barbara Krafftówna as well as collections of interviews, such as “Hotel Europa,” “Wolne,” “Presence.” He also wrote eight theatre plays.

Austrian Cultural Forum, 7/9 Próżna St.

Free admission

 


17.30 “KOSHER THAT IS WHAT SORT OF EXACTLY?” – TASTING OF ISRAELI WINES TEPERBERG COMBINED WITH A SHORT LECTURE

An unforgettable evening and a unique mood. An opportunity to familiarize with the taste of the wines from the Israeli Teperberg vineyard tasted glass by glass and to learn about the original method of sensual perception of wine, developed by the City Wine and called VINOCOMPASS. During the tasting, participants will listen to a short lecture about kosher and rules that must be followed during the process.

All visitors will have a chance to buy the wines from Teperberg family vineyard at a discounted price.

Accompanying event organized in cooperation with the City Wine

CityWine – Wine Shop & Bar, ul. 2 Grzybowska St., no. 4 (corner of Graniczna St.)

Free admission

 


18.30 KLEZMER NIGHT: BUM BUM ORKESTAR & WARSAW FRIENDS |PL| | NIFTY’S |AT| | JINTA-LA-MVTA |JP| CONCERT

Line-up:

BUM BUM ORKeSTRA feat. (especially for this occasion): Oliwier Andruszczenko (clarinets, sax, duduk, hosting), Mateusz Wachowiak (accordion, vocals), Damian Marat (trumpet, flugehorn), Bartosz Stępień (tenor saxhorn, percussion instruments), Piotr Janiec (tube), Mateusz Sieradzan (tapan, percussion instruments, electronics), Piotr Koźbielski (percussion instruments), Tomasz Kłoś (ambient, electronics), Maurycy Ra (vocals, beatbox) and Międzypokoleniowy Klub Piosenkowy STAYnia.

NIFTY’S feat.: Fabian Pollack (guitar, group’s frontman), Michael Bruckner (guitar), Dominik Grünbühel (bass guitar, MC), Valentin Duit (percussion), Alexander Kranabetter (trumpet)

JINTA-LA-MVTA |JP| feat.: Wataru Okuma (clarinet, brass instruments), Miwazow (chin-dong, drums, vocals), Yoshiaki Sato, Gideon Juckes, Fumi Watanabe

BUM BUM ORKeSTAR & Warsaw Friends will give a music and visual show prepared especially for Singer’s Warsaw Festival. A powerful energy, spontaneity and unique sound of the band combined with the voices of the timeless Międzypokoloeniowy Klub Piosenkowy STAYnia will overlook the lights and ambient layer. We will be able to move to some special places that are and will stay important for each of us. There will also be some surprises that will make us laugh and think at the same time. The concert will be the one and only event and what’s more important, suitable and interesting for the younger people and for those who have their baggage.

BUM BUM ORKeSTAR, a Polish band founded in 2014. It combines Balkan, klezmer and Polish music. It is the influence of the three musical worlds that let the band surprise the audience on stage with the energy, followed by the touching melody in order to force them to move to the rhythms the band plays at the end. Each concert is unique and at the same time erratic. Each is unique in its own way.

Since NIFTY’S received World-Musik Preis awarded in 2006 for their debut, and in 2007 the award for the artist of the year  Ö1, the group became quite famous on the world’s music scene. After the successful debut album featuring new klezmer music “Takeshi Express” (2007), Nifty’s have always followed their own path. The band’s members have been together since 2003, they consistently pursue personal development and the music they make cannot be simply ignored. On their new album, “Naftularasa” Nifty’s are presenting music so original that it escapes any attempts of describing it.

The name, Nifty’s, comes from the name of Naftula Brandwein, known as Nifty. Born in Polish Galicia, he was a klezmer and the musician of the Jewish diaspora. He died in 1963 in New York. Though his personality was quite eccentric, his music remained ingenious, elegant, attractive, sophisticated, simply chic. Because this is how he was, unpredictable but always in a good style.

During the Klezmers’ Night, we will find out how much Nifty’s drew from their “patron.”

Jinta-la-Mvta is a Tokio-based original band founded by Okuma Wataru and Miwazow. They owe their uniqueness to the music base that includes the contemporary street music “chin-dong” and “jinta” (marching bands) combined with popular music from all corners of the world, including klezmer and Balkan music. In Japan, they are one of the very few bands specializing in klezmer music and performed with Frank London, Alan Bern, and Henryk Sapoznik. Their performances were enjoyed by audiences of klezmer music festivals in the US, Germany, Canada and now they came to the heart of Warsaw!

Organized in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Japanese Foundation

Open air concert at Grzybowski Square

Free admission

 


19.00 “THE CONVERTIBLE GIRL” BY DANIEL SIMON – STAGE SHOW PRESENTED BY THE JEWISH THEATRE

Directed by: Marcin Sławiński, translated by: Janusz Tencer, stage designed by: Wojciech Jankowiak, costumes: Agnieszka Kaczyńska, assistant director: Ernestyna Winnicka

Cast: Piotr Chomik (Policeman/Runner/Jonah Steinberg), Sylwia Najah (Krystyna), Henryk Rajfer (Rabbi Rotszyld), Dawid Szurmiej (Policeman/Runner/Jonah Steinberg), Marek Ślosarski (Ron Goldman), Ernestyna Winnicka (Mrs. Goldman), Maciej Winkler (Rabbi Silverman), Wojciech Wiliński (Rabbi Hahn)

Accompanying event. Duration 1 hour 40 minutes, no intermissions

The Large Stage of the Jewish Theatre, the Club of the Command of Garrison in Warsaw, 141a Niepodległości Ave.

Ticketed event. Tickets available on www.ebilet.pl, www.eventim.pl, www.ewejsciowki.pl, www.teatr-zydowski.art.pl, and, as of 30 July, at the ticket office of the Jewish Theatre, 35 Senatorska St., phone: +48 22 850 64 35 or in the Club of the Command of Garrison in Warsaw, 141a Niepodległości Ave., tel.: +48 22 850 56 56, Audience Office +48 22 526 20 34, +48 22 850 64 50 or 51. We accept Frequent Viewer card and Young Varsovian card – details available in the Audience Office and in box offices.

Note: “The Converted Girl” by Daniel Simon is presented under the contract signed with Samuel French, Inc. – THE VIDEOTAPING OR MAKING OF ELECTRONIC OR OTHER AUDIO AND/OR VISUAL RECORDINGS OF THIS PRODUCTION OR DISTRIBUTING RECORDINGS ON ANY MEDIUM, INCLUDING THE INTERNET, IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED, A VIOLATION OF THE AUTHOR’S RIGHTS AND ACTIONABLE UNDER UNITED STATES COPYRIGHT LAW. More info at: www.samuelfrench.com/whitepaper

 


19.15 STAGE SHOW “FISH SOUP IN ODESSA”

Directed by: Julia Mark, written by: Szymon Bogacz, stage movement: Piotr Świtalski

Cast: Sebastian Ryś

Who was Jan Karski? Who would Jan Karski be if… Well, exactly, if he succeeded?

In this world of a different order, where Polish is spoken in a restaurant in Odessa, in the world that never happened, he would still be a hero. But in a different way. He would be a star! An icon! A true superhero! The kind of hero that does not get to be born anymore. And even if, they have no chance to prove it.

The world of the play “The Fish Soup in Odessa” is the world, in which Karski’s scars deserve to be called the scars of liberty. In which this fact is undoubted. He succeeded! With his help, the millions of people still living today are the would-be victims of the Holocaust. Is it better this way? In both realities, the plan has been completed. God’s plan, and man’s plan. Which one is the right one?

Accompanying event organized by Staromiejski Culture House

Piwnica Na Wójtowskiej, 11 Zakroczymska, entry at Wójtowska Street

Tickets, 30 zloty, are available for purchase in Piwnica. Ticket sale will start at 18:15. Ticket booking policy available at www.scenapw.sdk.pl

 


20.00 SCREENING OF “THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK,” DIRECTED BY ELWIRA NIEWIERA, PIOTR ROSOŁOWSKI (POLAND, GERMANY, 2018, 82 MINUTES)

Screenplay by: Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski, cinematography: Piotr Rosołowski

This year’s Millenium Docs Against Gravity awarded a unique documentary of a journey following the traces of one of the most fascinating and influential personalities of the world cinema, the director, Michał Waszyński. Who was Moshe Waks, son of a poor Jewish blacksmith from Ukraine? Those who had been lucky to know Waszyński personally remembered him as an aristocrat, layer, and Jew – an eternal traveler and homosexual who got married to an Italian countess. Waszyński made movies with Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale. But only one movie became his true obsession, “The Dybbuk,” a mystical drama based on the old Jewish legend.

“The Prince and the Dybbuk” received Nos Chopina award ex aequo for the best film about music and art of the 15th Film Festival Docs Against Gravity, the award for the Best Documentary of the International Film Festival in Venice and Warsaw Fenix, A. Marianowicz award for the best Polish film of the 14th International Jewish Film Festival and What theDoc! of the Film Festival DocsBarcelona 2018.

The screening will be followed by a meeting with the authors hosted by Wojciech Diduszko representing Against Gravity.

This special screening has been organized as part of Against Gravity series and TR Warszawa – MOVIES IN TR. AGAINST GRAVITY PRESENTS

TR Warszawa, 8 Marszałkowska St.

Tickets 20 zloty

 


20.30 SINGER JAZZ FESTIVAL: “TIRATECI FUORI” RICCARDO ZANNELLI |IT| CONCERT

Line-up: Riccardo Zannelli (keyboard, vocal), Lisa Bassotto (percussion), Giorgio Veneri (guitar), Nicola Tariello (trumpet)

Event organized in cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute in Warsaw

Harenda Club – Piwnica pod Harendą, 4/6 Krakowskie Przedmieście St.

Free admission