“Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved to play the violin. She also possessed a rare skill – When she covered her eyes with her hands, she could see things about which she was just thinking. (…)”..
The girl who loved to play the violin embarks on a search for her father. The road she travels leads her through the sea, cliffs and forests – nature is her obstacle, her path and her mirror, all in one. The girl’s emotions are reflected in the sound of the waves and the sparkle of the northern lights, as they fly by with the wind. Music, which she trusts endlessly, marks her path to her dad, trapped by grief and darkness.
In this dreamy, atmospheric, and very visually and musically rich play the main point of focus is the journey. A journey through the indescribable beauty of nature and through a kaleidoscope of emotions and sensations – including the more difficult and darker ones we face as we follow our guide, the Fiddler Girl, who on the way introduces us to her vocabulary of emotions.
Ewa Piotrowska reaches for the work of Norway’s most celebrated contemporary playwright – Jon Fosse. Known for his writing for adults, which has achieved success on European stages, the Polish adaptation will be one of the first directed toward a young audience.
Fosse treats the child on par with his adult characters, with great respect, and without excess embellishment. The Scandinavian approach to creativity for children is based on faith in the maturity and intelligence of the young person. The creators of “The Fiddler Girl” follow this model and prepare a play for an audience that, though age-wise still called children, desires greater reflection and an immersion in life experiences and art. Reflections, or afterthoughts, are the essence of this play, becoming keywords that uncover clues and allow for the experience of new emotions in the theater.
A performance for children and young people aged 10 and over.
ATTENTION! Smoke appears in the play.
The performance was produced as part of a project called ‘Child – Adult – a Lexicon of Sensitivity’, implemented with funding from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA) 2014-2021.
A partner of this production is the Norwegian theater, Det Norske Teatret.
The author of the above production is represented by Colombine Teaterförlag under the address of the ADiT Drama and Theater Agency.
The Royal Norwegian Embassy has assumed honorary patronage.
The event is under the patronage of the POLUNIMA Polish Puppetry Centre.
We encourage you to read our original Lesson Plan, which can be implemented both before and after watching the play. The Lesson Plan will also work well as a conversation starter between carers/parents and children and young people.
~“The Fiddler Girl” in Baj Theatre can be trusted. The play takes both young and adult audiences through painful universal experiences and does so with beautiful sensitivity. (…) The performance ‘The Fiddler Girl’ is moving to the core. It is worth talking to young people on the subject of childlike maturity and wisdom, which puts love to the battle test. / Prestoportal.pl / This play can be trusted [Dziewczynka ze skrzypcami w Teatrze Baj],Monika Jazownik / 09.05.2023
~ “The production, directed by Ewa Piotrowska, reminds us what a truly artful theatre is, one that respects and remembers that the greatest power of theatre is the spectator with his or her unique, age-independent imagination,” writes Pawel Reda Haddad about the production of The Girl with a Violin by Jon Fosse, directed by Ewa Piotrowska, at the Baj Theatre in Warsaw.” (…) We experience the journey of a father, the adventures of a daughter embarking on a perilous journey to find him. Perhaps he has left, disappeared, fallen asleep, or perhaps stopped feeling and appreciating life. Omnipresent death invades this realm and tries to devour the characters. The reality of the world is undermined, we now know that anything is possible, but the only one who can win is the one who really lives, really feels, loves, has a purpose – appreciates existence in all its colours and dimensions. Who is not passive, but sets out to know himself and overcome the inertia of death. Life is not what happens to us, but what we do with it.” / Theatre for All
~ “In this atmospheric and attractively told performance, the most important thing is the journey that the titular Girl takes. She leads us through the indescribable beauty of nature and through a kaleidoscope of emotions and impressions, opening her lexicon of sensitivity to us – the audience. (…) The creators of The Girl with the Violin have followed this lead and prepared a performance, for audiences of all ages and for all those who desire deeper reflection and immersion in both life experiences and art. And the reflection in this show is the keyword, which opens up further clues and allows us to experience new emotions in theatre.” / niecokultury.pl
Ingrid Weme Nilsen
Karoline Rising Næss