NOV 11 - 14, 2015

Artfully weaving together excerpts from Frédéric Chopin's letters and music, Chopin Without Piano invites audiences to explore a radically different side of the famous Polish composer and the cultural, political and philosophical tensions of his time. Helmed by one of Poland's most significant directors and accompanied by a full symphonic orchestra of Boston Conservatory musicians, Chopin Without Piano is a rare opportunity to think more deeply about the tradition of live classical performance, culture in the broadest sense, and the sustaining value of Chopin's music. By removing Chopin’s piano parts from his most famous concertos and replacing it with a human shouting his story, audiences are left stunned and illuminated as a new form of theatre is born.

"In this project I am both actress and musician. I am both human body and instrument." – Barbara Wysocka, Actress and Co-author

"In his native Poland, Chopin’s legacy has been turned into a paralyzing myth that ignores the fact that he was an artistic revolutionary and innovator. To challenge this, we created a piece that is unquestionably still 100% Chopin and simultaneously 100% new music." - Michal Zadara, Director of Chopin Without Piano


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  • Location: Emerson/Paramount Mainstage
  • Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
  • Performed in Polish with English surtitles


  • Presented by: CENTRALA
  • Directed by: Michał Zadara
  • Conducted by: Franck Ollu
  • Performed by: Barbara Wysocka
  • Featuring: Boston Conservatory Orchestra