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Chorus of Orphans - The KTO Theatre



A theatre séance with an orchestra, a soprano and actors

A show without text

The production, inspired by Guy Croussy's novel Les Bleuets, takes us to an orphanage. There we will see one day in the life of its inhabitants.
However, it is not a sentimental story about orphans but a universal tale about human loneliness.

Premiere 20 and 21 September 2014

Trailer of the show


You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.
(The Book of Exodus, Chapter 22)

My ovary is cut
by pain sharp as knife
to my son of a bitch
I will soon give life

(A Bolivian song, anonymous)

Duration: 52 minutes and 6 seconds (no break)

Orphan – a child who has lost both parents, or, less commonly, one parent, also a person without protective affiliation.
(Collins English Dictionary)

The show has been presented in many cities in Poland as well as in Romania, Chroatia, Belarus, Macedonia, Ukraine and Iran.



- Special award of the 35th Fajr International Theater Festival in Tehran (Iran).

- Award for the best performanance on BABEL festival in Targoviste (Romania)

- Special Award on XXI International Theatre Festival Pula (Chroatia)

- Award for the director Jerzy Zon on the Festival Biala Wieza in Belarus


(...) 52 minutes and 35 seconds and that’s all. Not much. This is the duration of the KTO Theatre’s séance "Chorus of Orphans", directed by Jerzy Zon. Short. It lasts just as long as the 3rd Symphony op. 36 by Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs in three parts) where, in each part, we hear a voice humming old words about loss, lack and pain caused by someone’s sudden absence, the words about someone lost forever, about the vanishing we can do nothing about, that we must accept, as there is nothing else we can do, with which we have to agree just as with our own loneliness (...)
Whatever story you may build on the basis of the sequence of pantomime images presented in Jerzy Zon’s "Chorus of Orphans", you will always find the same shadow at the bottom. The lack of consolation. The lack of illusion that consolation can help (...) There is nothing we can do any more, Zon says, as it seems, in his pure, small and fragile tale made of tartness (...)
Pawel Glowacki, Polskie Radio Dwójka (Polish Radio 2)



Stage set and costume design: Joanna Jasko-Sroka
Production of stage set and structures: Robert Calikowski Ironwork Workshop
Stage movement: Eryk Makohon
Rhythmic training of the cast: Grzegorz Bauer
Music: Henryk Mikołaj Górecki "Symphony no 3"
Assistant to stage director: Monika Kozlowska
Script, selection of music and stage direction: Jerzy Zon

Performers: Karolina Bondaronek, Paulina Lasyk, Grazyna Srebrny-Rosa, Justyna Wojcik, Marta Zon, Sławek Bendykowski, Bartek Cieniawa, Paweł Monsiel, Michał Orzylowski

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