Zuzanna Ginczanka, born Sara Polina Gincburg (born in 1917 in Kiev; killed in Krakow in 1944), was a visionary and a poetess who loved life and found joy in words. A true star of interwar bohemian circles, she was feted by the likes of Julian Tuwim and Witold Gombrowicz. An emancipated and charismatic woman, she spent her entire life challenging stereotypes. Her Jewish appearance was both a blessing and a curse. Forced into of constant hiding and escape during World War II, Ginczanka was the victim of persecution and betrayal. Eventually, she was arrested, tortured and killed by the Gestapo, only weeks before the Red Army entered Kraków.
With musical improvisation through vocals, whispers, murmurs, steps and animal sounds, the renowned performers tell dreamlike tales, which weave prophecies of love and the beauty of life, written by Ginczanka in a way that still rings fresh and true today. The legendary Fire-Bird – the spirit of fire with magical powers – becomes a Phoenix on stage, the mythical symbol of rebirth and immortality. Over seventy years after her tragic death, the legacy of Ginczanka and her genius are brought to life once again, on the stage with live music, voice and visual installation.
Dorota Jarema: music, vocals, improvisation
Kamilla Baar-Kochańska: staging, acting
SzaZa (Paweł Szamburski, Patryk Zakrocki): music,improvisation
Gabi von Seltmann: artistic concept, staging