The Other Mozart is a play about Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus. A one-woman show written and performed by Sylvia Milo, directed by Isaac Byrne, it tells the true story of this prodigy, a keyboard virtuoso and composer, who as a child toured through all of Europe performing with her brother, to equal acclaim, but who faded away and left behind nothing of her own.

Using Nannerl’s own letters and those of her family, the performance investigates how this female prodigy, this Mozart, faded from the world - and whether this loss was inevitable.

The show is set in, on, and underneath its costume: a stunning dress, eighteen feet in diameter, created to fill and spill over the entire stage.

Original music was composed for the play by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen (both recent Fromm commission recipients and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble - currently in residence at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center) for instruments Nannerl knew intimately, such as clavichords, music boxes, and bells, as well as teacups, fans, and other ordinary objects that might have captured her imagination.  

With the opulent beauty of the dress and hair design, the sweet smells of perfume, and the clouds of dusting powder rising from the stage, the performance creates a multi-sensual experience and transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight -- but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. There, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart at last tells her story.

 

The Team:

Sylvia Milo  (Project Creator, Writer, Actress)

www.sylviamilo.com

Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Sylvia is a graduate of New York University with extensive training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (assistant to Robert Castle), Michael Chekhov, Stella Adler, Lucid Body and Actors Movement Studio, and The Grotowski Institute in Poland. Former member of the BATS Repertory Company at the Flea Theater in NYC. In New York she has performed at such theaters as the Flea, La Mama, Cherry Lane, Ontological-Hysteric, Theatre For the New City, and Dixon Place. Among her favorite stage roles: Hamlet in "Hamlet" - an all-female version of the play, which she adapted and directed herself; Sylwia in "Seating Arrangements"- co-written by Sylvia, directed by Eric Pold of Gob Squad for the Flea Theatre;  Ophelia in "The Ophelia Landscape"- an experimental production with Mira Furlan at the Mark Morris Center; and Bob Dylan on the streets of New York, in the OBIE Award-winning "OFF Stage: the West Village Fragments" by Peculiar Works.    Sylvia is also a violinist (Irving Plaza, CBGB's, Joe's Pub), and has composed scores for dance and theater (Merce Cunningham Studio, La Mama). She studied classical music in Poland, then jazz at Milton Academy and NYU with Mike Richmond, and composition with Klaus Sinfelt.

Isaac Byrne  (Director)

www.isaacbyrne.com

In New York City, Isaac has directed the premieres of "Green", "To Nineveh" (both at American Place Theatre), "Something True" (Samuel French Short Play Festival), and co-directed "I Used To Write On Walls" (Gene Frankel Theater), "Diane and The Jessica" (The OHIO Theatre as part of SHORT LOVE), and the staged reading of "Miss Lily Gets Boned" (The LARK)—all by Bekah Brunstetter, "Many Worlds" by William Borden (The Red Room), "Arms and the Octopus" by Casey Wimpee (The OHIO Theater as part of fuckplays), "Fresh Kills" by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder (at 59E59), "Inter Course" by Brandon Koebernick (American Place Theatre), "Playoff Picture" by Paul John Desena (American Place Theatre), and "The New Normal" by Donnetta Lavinia Grays (June Havoc). He has also directed "True West" by Sam Sheperd for Curious Frog Company which was performed in an East Village Apt. He developed and directed Desiree Burch’s solo show "52 Man Pick Up" (Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Edinburg Fringe Festival-Scotland, OHIO Theatre, 59E59, NY Int. Fringe). "To Nineveh" was nominated for 9 NY IT Awards and won 6 including Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production, and Outstanding Original Full Length. A founding member of Working Man's Clothes Productions, where he served as Artistic Director for four years, Isaac is currently serving as the Artistic Director for the newly formed THEATRE 4 the PEOPLE. With T4TP he has directed its inaugural co-production with Bryant Park, "A Grimm Reality" and "The Shakespeare Project." In his "spare" time, Isaac teaches at NYFA.

Nathan Davis (Composer, Sound Designer)

www.nathandavis.com

Inspired by natural phenomena and the abstraction of simple stories, Nathan Davis "writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority" (NYTimes), elucidating the acoustics of instruments and the fragile athleticism of playing them.  Lincoln Center inaugurated the Tully Scope Festival with the premiere of Nathan's landmark work "Bells", and presented premieres of his work at the Mostly Mozart Festival. His music has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Calder Quartet, Yarn/Wire, La Jolla Symphony Chorus, Claire Chase, Steven Schick, Miller Theater, and the Ojai Festival (for eighth blackbird and sound sculptor Trimpin).  Nathan's music has also been premiered at NYC's Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, Spoleto USA and across the US, and internationally at Darmstadt, Helsinki Musica Nova, Acht Brücken Neue Musik für Köln, and other festivals in Holland, Poland, China, Russia, Canada, and Cuba. He has received awards from Meet The Composer, Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Copland Fund, Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, and MATA.  CDs of his music include The Bright and Hollow Sky, one of TimeOut NY's top 5 classical albums of 2011.  As a percussionist, Nathan is a core member of ICE, and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Nagoya Philharmonic.  Nathan holds degrees from Yale, Rice, and the Rotterdams Conservatorium, and he is on the faculty at Dartmouth College.

 

Phyllis Chen (Composer)

www.phyllischen.net

Praised by the New York Times for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Phyllis is a pianist, toy pianist and a composer (New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2007 Concert Artist Guild International Competition). In 2009, she was the featured solo musician in Stephin Merritt’s Off-Broadway musical "Coraline". Phyllis is one of the founding members of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), a Chicago and New York-based collective dedicated to the performance and promotion of new works. Phyllis also founded the UnCaged Toy Piano, a composition competition to further expand the repertoire for toy piano and electronics. A strong interest in interdisciplinary work led her to collaborations with video artist and electronic musician Rob Dietz with whom she created multimedia works such as "The Memoirist", "Pearlessence", "Chroma" and "Carousel". Upcoming projects for the duo include a micro-media toy piano opera commissioned by Opera Cabal. Phyllis attended Oberlin Conservatory as a recipient of the Dean’s Talent Award Scholarship and received a Masters Degree from Northwestern University as an Eckstein Merit Scholar. She is continuing to pursue her DMA in piano performance at Indiana University where she studied with André Watts. Her piece "Chimers" based on Papageno’s magic bells from Mozart’s "Magic Flute" was premiered at the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in 2011.

Magdalena Dąbrowska  (Costume Designer - the dress) 

www.innimoda.pl

A versatile Polish designer whose projects include fashion, theatrical costumes, makeup and set designs. A graduate of Łazarski University in Warsaw, of makeup academy in the Fine Arts College and of the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design. She teaches costume design at the Active Academy of Visual Arts and at the Warsaw School of Advertising. Her designs have been finalists at such prestigious competitions as Oskary Mody, OFF Fashion and Złota Nitka. She also participated in joint shows organized during the International Millinery Competition in France. She designed the costumes for the shows, "Taksówka", "Spacerowicz" and "Ukryj Mnie w Gałęziach Drzew" directed by Igor Gorzkowski for Studio Teatralne KOŁO. She also designed the costumes and sets for an event entitled, "Obchód Teatru, Czyli Kim Jest Wojciech B.?" at the National Theatre in Poland. In 2009, in the competition, Złota Nitka, she was awarded the Media Grand Prix and a honorary mention in the primer vision category, for her collection entitled “Beauty Mechanics” (Mechanika Piekna). She also presented the collection at the OFF Fashion, the Warsaw Fashion Street and at Łódź Design. Together with Kajka Woźnicka, she launched an informal artistic group called HIHOT, whose projects include urban happenings and photography. She also runs a design studio, INNI, that specialises in one-of-a-kind fashion and costume designs. 

Miodrag Guberinic (Costume Designer - pannier/corset sculpture)

miodragguberinic.com

Miodrag graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with an MFA in costume design. Recent design work includes: The Maiden (La Mama Theater); Eurydice (LIU); Good Breeding (NYU); The Memory Tax (Chernuchin Theatre); Indigo Dai (Incubator Arts Project); Touch (The Hudson Guild Theater); The Other Mozart (Cherry Lane Theatre); King and I, Amhal and the Night Visitors, Lombardi, Steel Magnolias (Harbor Lights Theater); How Deep is the Ocean (NYMF);Ghost Girl (The Workshop Theatre); Special (Theatre Row Studios); Where We Were Born and Animals Out of Paper (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago). He received Norrenbroock Design Award from Northwestern University 2011 and The Merritt award for the best Graduating exhibition from The Goodman theater in Chicago 2011.

Janice Orlandi  (Period Style Choreographer)

www.actorsmovementstudio.com

A movement and period style specialist, certified teacher of Williamson and Michael Chekhov Technique. Trained and co-taught with mentors Loyd Williamson and Richard Schechner. Directing credits include: “Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies” (Five Stars at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St. James Theatre Studio London UK; Theater Row, Laurie Beechman, The Triad Theater, 59E59 Theater in NYC), "Garbo Dreams" (Red Room NYC). Period Style Movement Choreographer: “The Other Mozart” (Cherry Lane Theatre “All for One” Festival, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Mozarthaus Sankt Gilgen, Austria) "The Contrast” (Mirror Repertory Company St Clements), “An Ideal Husband” and “Tartuffe” (Sonnet Repertory NYC). Artistic Director Actors Movement Studio NYC, Faculty at TISCH School of the Arts, Atlantic Theater Company, Assistant Professor University of the Arts Philadelphia, Mason Gross School of the Arts; Rutgers University, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, State Theatre School in Odense, Denmark, and Ophelia Theatre School in Copenhagen; Lindenberg Centrum Voor de Kunsten, Netherlands; New York State Summer School of the Arts. Acting creadits include: Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet” (Princeton Shakespeare Festival), Mama Elvira in "The Young Lady From Tachna" (Princeton Repertory), May Buchanan in "Farther West" (Judith Anderson Theater Row NYC), Niobi in "Love of the Nightingale" (Williamstown Theater Festival), amd Janice "Italian-American Reconciliation” (Total Theater Lab NYC), among others. Founding Member of Expanded Arts & Shakespeare in the Parking Lot in NYC.

Joshua Rose (Lighting Designer)

www.joshuarosedesigns.com

A graduate of the stage design program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Joshua resides in New York City and designs lighting for a variety of projects all over the world; from intimate solo shows to full operas, from architectural installations to modern dance.  Some designs of note include The Edge of Some World choreographed by Jonathan Fredrickson and premiered in Beijing; The Blue Frog jazz club in Mumbai; A Celebration of Music and Dance with The Limon Dance Company and Simon Bolivar National Youth Choir of Venezuala at Lincoln Center.  Recent Designs include Tar Baby by Desiree Burch and La Boheme for The Bronx Opera.

 

 Courtney Bednarowski  (Hairstylist)

www.courtneybednarowski.carbonmade.com

Courtney Bednarowski is an emerging, young hairstylist residing in Brooklyn. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she graduated from the Aveda Institute in 2007 and has since relocated to New York City to further her skill base and experience. In the four years she has been working as a professional, Courtney has styled for countless fashion events, film and theater, print and online publications, and is always designing independent projects and collaborating with alternative artists.

 

Original concept first developed by Sylvia Milo and Anna Sroka.

Anna Sroka

www.annasroka.pl

An artist known for combining her talents as an actress, singer, and a director, Anna Sroka is a graduate of the Theater Academy in Warsaw, Poland. She has received awards from the Minister of Culture and Art, Przegląd Piosenki Aktorskiej, Wybrzeże, ZASP (for her role in the play "Taksówka" by Igor Gorzkowski), Złota Maska" (for her role in "Rent", directed by Ingmar Villqist).  She is part of the Olga Lipinska Cabaret, has performed the titular role in the play "PIAF" directed by Jan Szurmieja, and she tours with the show "Ale... i Nie Tylko (songs of Edith Piaf)."  "Ulica, Która Płyną Moje Obie Dłonie" is her authored play, written to the songs of Zygmunt Konieczny and Andrzej Zarycki.  Anna Sroka teaches song interpretation at ZPSM and in Wyższa Szkola Komunikowania i Mediów Społecznych in Warsaw in the acting department.  She directed "CooLos" at ZPSM in Warsaw and works regularly with Teatr Polonia, Teatr Studio, Teatr Ochota, Studio Teatralne Koło, Teatr Nova Scena Teatru Roma, Teatr Montownia, and Teatr Rozrywki.  Soon she is releasing her CD "Dziwny Owoc" of songs by Billie Holiday, with Włodzimierz Nahorny.