Opera Nova w Bydgoszczy

Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz is a modern music theater. Its repertoire embraces opera, operettas, musicals and ballet. Ballet has been present in the opera repertoire since its opening, and has included both classic titles like ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Coppelia’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’, as well as modern productions such as ‘Zniewolony Umysł’ (The Captive Mind), staged by prominent choreographers like Paul Chalmer, Jorma Elo and Robert Bondara.



Warsaw, 2013

Jan Kiepura Music Award – Best Dancer: Angelika WojciechowskaJan Kiepura Music Award – Best Dancer: Angelika Wojciechowska

Warsaw, 2012

Jan Kiepura Music Award – Best Performance: ‘The Captive Mind’Jan Kiepura Music Award – Best Performance: ‘The Captive Mind’

Warsaw, 2008

Jan Kiepura Music Award – Best Performance: ‘Pan Twardowski’Jan Kiepura Music Award – Best Performance: ‘Pan Twardowski’

Warsaw, 2008

Jan Kiepura Music Award – Best Dancer: Olga KarpowiczJan Kiepura Music Award – Best Dancer: Olga Karpowicz


The Captive Mind


Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz


  • Robert BondaraChoreographer
  • Diana MarszałekSet designer
  • Mariusz NapierałaCostume designer
  • Maciej IgielskiLight designer

Performance synopsis

Choreographer and scriptwriter Robert Bondara has created an original ballet based on the motives of ‘Zniewolony Umysł’ (The Captive Mind), one of Czeslaw Milosz’s most famous literary works. The show is about totalitarian systems that enslave people, taking away their freedom and dignity. Since its premiere in 2011, it has been one of the most acclaimed and moving Polish ballet performances of the last decade. The show is addressed to both adults and teenagers (ages 16+).

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Duration 110 " Crew * 64 Artists 39
Premiere 2011-03-19, Bydgoszcz
Audience dorośli
  • violence

* cast plus technical support



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