Memory Laws

Rachel Jendrzejewski

Mamory Laws is an experimental opera, which explores the life of the Polish pianist, composer and statesman. The piece is a collage of vignettes that loosely trace the chronology of Paderewski’s life, orienting from the perspectives of women, who have intersected with him in various ways, both directly during his life and indirectly across time. Sung and spoken fragments of text (sourced from ‘found’ material such as excerpts from speeches, old letters, diaries, press quotes/clippings, etc.) intricate movement scores, and an immersive visual environment layered with piano, vocal and electronic sound compositions in rock rhythm. On the stage authors evolve an archive of Paderewski’s life and times, and also of their own ongoing attempts to make sense of their place in history and in dreaming forward a world.


Tricklock Company / University of New Mexico USA director: Emily Mendelsohn author of the text:  Rachel Jendrzejewski lighting designer: Bill Liotta producer: Hendren Julie stage manager: Carrion Edward set designer: Torres Dahveed costume designer: Stacia Smith Alexander assistant stage manager: Fenner Echo Hosek Laura cast: Menendez Elsa Houska Katy Jones Marya Errin musicians: Hepola Chris Schneider Christa Struve Eric premiere: December 2018