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Sacrum Profanum 2023

Wojtek Blecharz

Born in 1981 in Gdynia, in 2005, he graduated with honours from the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and in 2015, he received a PhD in composition from the Faculty of Music of the University of California in San Diego, specialising in contemporary music creation and performance. From 2012 to 2019, he curated the Instalakcje music festival at the Nowy Teatr International Cultural Centre in Warsaw. 

Blecharz directed three opera-installations: Transcryptum (2013), commissioned by the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, Park-Opera (2016), commissioned by the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, and Body-Opera (2014-16), commissioned by the Nowy Teatr and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. April 2018 saw the release of Blecharz’s fourth opera, Fiasko, directed by K.A.U & Wdowik at the Staatstheater Darmstadt; and in September 2018 his Rechnitz.Opera, based on a text by Elfriede Jelinek, directed by Katarzyna Kalwat and commissioned by TR Warsaw and the Warsaw Autumn Festival was shown on stage. 

Blecharz’s music often redefines the traditional concert form and the viewer’s relationship with the space, using site-specific activities, audience participation, elements of musical and instrumental theatre, sonic spatiality, as well as references to embodied perception of sound. His works usually comprise performative installations of various kinds – concerts, operas and symphonic ones, including sound walks, sound fields, sound treatments or social projects that invite the audience to actively co-create sound.