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Krystian Lada is a Polish stage director and librettist, active in the fields of opera, classical music and theater. He is based in Belgium. In his work, Lada explores alternative forms of artistic collaboration and art curating. 2013-2016 Lada held the position of Director of Dramaturgy, Empowerment and Communication at the Belgian Royal Opera La Monnaie in Brussels. Prior to that, he studied dramaturgy and literary studies at the University of Amsterdam.
Lada worked as a journalist and author of scenarios for TV and media agencies. As a dramaturge he has been collaborating with a range of stage directors and visual artists, including Pierre Audi, Ivo van Hove, Mariusz Trelinski, Berlinde De Bruyckere and Kirsten Dehlholm (Hotel Pro Forma). He collaborated on opera projects with, among others La Monnaie, The Dutch National Opera, Polish National Opera, Opera in Poznan, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, International Choreographic Centre in Amsterdam, and Studio Minailo. As a librettist he has been collaborating with such composers as Katarina Glowicka, Dariusz Przybylski and Annelies Van Parys. Lada initiated and curated several series of events and programmes, including United States of Opera (a forum for contemporary opera makers) and Fringe FUEL (a creative activism and professional empowerment programme for artists as part of the Amsterdam Fringe Festival).
Polish composer Katarzyna Głowicka’s music explores the stylistical points of a possible junction between classical, ambient, folk and minimalism. Dubbed ‘the next star from the East’ (Junge Welt), she came into the international spotlight with the album Red Sun (Bolt Records, 2014). Her works have been commissioned by renowned international ensembles and soloists, such as BBC Scottish Ensemble, Ensemble Recherche, Holland Symfonia, and European Contemporary Orchestra among others. She collaborated with leading artists, both classical and avant-garde, among others with French turntablist Philppe Petit.
Głowicka’s works have been performed in the Americas, Europe and Australia, during such renowned festivals as Wien Modern, Biennale di Venezia, Warsaw Autumn, Gaudeamus Music Week and World New Music Days. Her mentors included Louis Andriessen, Martijn Padding, Ivan Fedele, Michael Alcorn and Grazyna Pstrokonska-Nawratil. Her recent engagements are, among others, commissions for Warsaw National Theatre (2015), Fuel Theatre in London (2016) and new work for Rogier Sapiro Found in New York (2017). Her newest CD Seven Sonnets (Bolt records, ARTEk Sounds, DUX) appeared in January 2015. She completed her PhD in 2008 at Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast. Based as a freelance in the Netherlands, she also lectures on computer music and composition at Royal Conservatory Brussels.
Pim Dinghs is a filmmaker, video designer and aspiring stage director. In 2016 he directed Soirée à la girafe, a period film about the arrival of the first giraffe in Europe and the giraffomania which accompanied it. He is currently working on a staged performance about the composers who were so captivated by the giraffe’s beauty they dedicated several musical works to her. In 2015 Dinghs obtained a master’s degree in Audiovisual Arts at LUCA School of Arts, Sint-Lukas Brussels. Prior to this he read History at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (the Netherlands). For La Monnaie/De Munt he directed the live-video of FOXIE (dir. Christophe Coppens) and Madama Butterfly (dir. Kirsten Dehlholm & Hotel Pro Forma). Dinghs did the production of Krystian Lada’s Aria di Potenza which premiered during Nuit Blanche 2017.