Saturday, March 11, 2023

Hybrydy in Santa Monica "Life is a Theater" Performance, April 2, 2023 at 7 pm


Helena Modjeska Art & Culture Club presents the Hybrydy Theater of Warsaw University in the performance entitled Life is a Theater and given in Polish, without English subtitles. The performance will take place on Sunday, April 2, 2023 at  pm at the Illusion Magic Theater (formerly known as Magicopolis), 1418 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Free admission, limited seating, RSVP to with RSVP and date of event in the subject line, send replies to March 25, 2023.

The event is part of the Spring of Polish Culture in the Western United States, supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles. The Consulate supports three projects of the Club with grants: 1) a lecture by Katarzyna Winnicka, 2) the Hybrydy Theatre, 3) the Wojciech Wysocki Theater with the play Zyciorys/ Biography and music by Piotr Matczuk. The grants pay for the venue rental and AV technician costs. Since these events are supported by the Consulate, they are free to the general public. 

Zycie to jest teatr / Life is a Theater is a concert of hits by the masters of Polish song, Agnieszka Osiecka and Wojciech Młynarski, graduates of the University of Warsaw and co-founders of the Hybrydy Theatre, whose lyrics are hummed and listened to by subsequent generations of Poles. The most beautiful hits in new, energetic arrangements will be interspersed with funny literary cabaret sketches from pre-war and post-war Poland. The program will also feature retro hits by excellent Polish composers in a cheerful, lively mood, as well as more lyrical and nostalgic pieces. Starring: Magdalena Rossowska, Dominika Świątek, Maciej Dzięciołowski

The Hybrydy Theater of the University of Warsaw is one of the oldest student theaters in Poland, existing since the late 1950s, reactivated in 2005 at the University of Warsaw. It is a cultural and ideological continuator of the legendary Hybryd founded in 1957, from which such artists as Wojciech Młynarski, Jonasz Kofta, Urszula Dudziak, Krzysztof Komeda and many others come from. The team consists of students, doctoral students and graduates of our University under the supervision of experienced and thoroughly educated teachers. The theater's repertoire includes several dozen performances, concerts and other artistic projects, from ambitious texts by the greatest Polish and world poets and playwrights to lighter comedy forms, farces, choreographic shows and popular science projects in the field of theater and music.

Over the 16 years of its activity, the Hybrydy Theater has performed several hundred performances in the country and abroad in professional theaters, cultural centers, museums, and has taken part in many festivals and reviews, where the performances of the Hybrydy Theater have won awards and distinctions, including the most valuable ones - audience awards. The Theater's projects are constantly or occasionally patronized by many eminent personalities and public institutions, including His Magnificence Rector of the University of Warsaw. The co-founders of the Theater are director and director Maciej Dzięciołowski and Dominika Świątek, music director, vocalist and composer. The last LA performance of this theater was organized by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk and sponsored by Moonrise Press in June 2013.

Dominika Swiatek in Santa Monica, Feb. 2020

Dominika Świątek – pianist, composer, vocalist, actress, songwriter. A graduate of the music school and Polish philology of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Co-creator and long-term music director of the Hybrydy Theater of the University of Warsaw, reactivated in 2005. She has released three albums with her own compositions to poems by Zbigniew Herbert ("The Seventh Angel" under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage), Juliusz Słowacki ("Proroctwo" under the patronage of the Senate of the Republic of Poland) and a contemporary poet - Jerzy Hajduga ("Early Quieter"). Awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage with the honorary badge "Meritorious for Polish Culture". Juror of many competitions and festivals.

Swiatek  and Andrzej Perkman in Concert "Sweet peas and Roses" in Santa Monica, Feb. 2020

Magdalena Rossowska – singer, actress, coordinator of the artistic work of the Hybrydy Theater at the University of Warsaw. A graduate of Computer Science and Econometrics at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Awarded many times at music festivals. She collaborated with the Roma Theater, and now also with the Buffo Theater in Warsaw.

Maciej Dzieciolowski JPL/NASA, June 2013

Maciej Dzięciołowski – director, actor, screenwriter, culture manager. A graduate of directing at the State Higher School of Theatre. Ludwik Solski in Krakow, Branch in Wrocław, culture management at the University of Warsaw and law at the Cardinal S. Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Academic lecturer at the University of Warsaw, co-founder and director of the legendary Hybrid Theater of the University of Warsaw, reactivated in 2005. Winner of many awards for directing plays at theater festivals and individual awards of the Rector of the University of Warsaw, multiple scholarship holder of the Minister of Science and Higher Education and the Minister of National Education. Member of the Directors' Section of the Polish Actors Association (Polish Actors Association, Member of FIA).

Hybrydy in Los Angeles, June 2013

Hybrydy in Los Angeles, June 2013


Hearst Castle San Simeon

Hearst Castle San Simeon

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Stage at Illusion Magic Theater

Performers and the Board after the concert

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