How does a one-year-old child perceive a theatrical performance? How to reach such a young audience and not scare them? How do I keep his attention?
And the basic question: does a child under three need theater at all?
The answer is yes, the little ones need theater!
It satisfies their curiosity about the world and the need for closeness to other people. It subtly shapes the sensitivity and sharpens the senses.
It gives the possibility of creation - both seen and experienced personally, which is, after all, an irreplaceable element of human development.
Theater for a baby can and should also be interesting and beautiful for his parents, so that they can experience it together, just be together here and now.
Each of our spectacles consists of three parts:
1. Pre-game: takes place in the foyer before the children enter the audience. The characters from the show walk among the audience, tame them with each other, introducing them to the atmosphere of the show.
2. The spectacle proper: the children watch it as viewers. Duration of the performance - no more than 30 minutes.
3. Fun after the performance: the stage turns into a playground where children give free rein to their creative expression.
The BLUM Theater Studio was founded in Poznań by Lucyna Winkel-Sobczak and Artur Szych. The first performance entitled "Fairy Tale ..." had its premiere in 2000, and less than three years later, in 2003, the Via Activa Association was registered, which has been the legal basis of our activity since then.
We have produced over twenty theater premieres. Some of our performances have won awards and distinctions at theater festivals in Poland and abroad.
The first Polish performance for children aged 0-3, entitled "What's that?" awarded at the Korczak Festival in Warsaw, he represented Poland, among others at the world's largest theater festival "Small Size - Visioni di futuro visioni di teatro" in Bologna. It was also presented at the Shanghai festival, where it received the award for the best performance.
The most prestigious grants include the Special Award of the Minister of Culture (2014) for outstanding achievements in the field of children's theater and the Assit's Atest - a guarantee of high artistic quality.
We presented performances, among others in Lisbon (Portugal), Hildesheim (Germany), Moscow (Russia), Vilnius (Lithuania), Bologna (Italy), Minsk (Belarus), Umea (Sweden), Nancy (France), Hanover (Germany), Newry (Ireland) , Frankfurt (Germany), Shanghai (China).
We collaborated and collaborate with interesting artists, educators and animators. The ensemble of our theater featured: Arnold Pujsza, Zosia Michalik, Jakub Kociński, Halszka Różalska, Hubert Kożuchowski, Agnieszka Dubilewicz.
The theater scene from 2012 is located in Concordia Design at ul. Zwierzyniecka 3 in Poznań. Previously, our seat was the Wierzbak Cultural Center at Wojska Polskiego Street.
Festivals and awards:
Biennale of Art for Children, Poznań 2003
Festival Betlejem Lubelskie 2005 (distinction for the play "Pastorałka")
Social Contexts - Animation Theater, Poznań 2005
Malta - Poznań Theater Festival 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2018
Korczak Festival 2005, 2011, 2013
Korczak Festival 2007 (Korczak Certificate for the performance "Co To?")
Visioni di Futuro Visioni di Teatro - Bologna 2007
Sticky Fingers Early Years Arts - Newry, Ireland 2008
Babel Festival - Lisbon, Portugal 2009
Biennale of Art for Children 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2017
Little Warsaw Theater Meetings - Warsaw 2011
Special Edition of the Korczak International Children's Theater Festival 2014
"Art is Looking for a Baby" 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2021
I, II and III International Festival of Theaters for Children, Wrocław 2013, 2014, 2015
International Festival of Christmas Performances "Vertep" - Moscow 2014
Moscow Holidays - Moscow 2014 (honorable mention for the play "A Fairy Tale Book")
Festival of Heaven - Minsk 2017 (distinction for the performance "Pastorałka")
China International Theater Festival, Shanghai 2017 (award for the best performance for the youngest children: "Co To?")
Ene Due De Festival, Poznań 2017, 2018, 2019
Animo Festival - Kwidzyń 2018
IV International Festival of Theaters for Children - Dzieciinada - Wrocław 2018
Theater Festival K. Sienkiewicz - Rawicz 2018
Paradise Festival The Best Summer Toddler Academy in Rybnik 2018, 2021
Actress, theater instructor. Soloist of the Music Theater in Poznań. A graduate of the PWST in Kraków - Faculty in Wrocław. President of the Via Activa Association. Artistic director of the Blum Theater Studio.
Actress, director and theater instructor. Creator of the Theater Prażacze Ciał. A graduate of the PWST in Kraków - Faculty in Wrocław.
Actress. Soloist of the Music Theater in Poznań. A graduate of the Academy of Music.
Responsible for the technical and organizational side of our performances.
Singer, actress. She studied at the State Secondary Music School at the jazz department in Poznań. Student of the musical department at the Academy of Music in Poznań. Our specialist in promotional and marketing activities.