Martina trained in theatre with Phillippe Gaulier and Monica Pagneux in Paris in the late 80s (see About Martina). Her passion lies in writing and performing music for theatre, dance, film and community projects. She often writes for shows she is part of as a performer as well.
Martina has appeared in A Family Affair at the Arcola Theatre (Bow & Bellows), in Falling About at Sadlers Wells, at the Purcell Room (Bow & Bellows and Beskydy), the Brighton Fringe Festival (Bow and Bellows), Spitalfields Festival (Bow and Bellows), Klez Fest London, Komedia Brighton (Freylekh), Laban Theatre (Bubble Theatre & Green Candle), Kings Head Theatre (Neapolitan songs with Charles Castranova), at the Bath Literature Festival (Bow & Bellows), the Egg Theatre in Bath (showcase music), Lilian Baylis Theatre (Green Candle Dance), The Serpentine & the Baltic with “Hunky Bluff” by Lina Lapelyte and in the site-specific show Fissure in the Yorkshire Dales by Louise Ann Wilson performing music by Jocelyn Pook.
She wrote the soundtrack for Paul Meyer’s film Conspirators (2006) and has collaborated with many companies and organisations including: Green Candle Dance Company, Protein Dance, First Framework, London Bubble Theatre, The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor, Shared Experience, Music in Hospitals, Vital Arts, the South Bank Centre, ENO Baylis, Stanley Hall Opera, Théâtre sans Frontières, Freshwater Theatre Company, The Chalk Circle Collective, UCL London.
Apart from playing solo Martina currently performs with the versatile duo Bow & Bellows, in the 5-piece band Palavah, with the wonderful Klezmer band Freylekh and cellist extra-ordinaire Chris Allan. She keeps touring her language learning songs worldwide and is also providing music for Bronia Evers’ wonderful storytelling in the One Moment in Time theatre. The latest production “Stone Soup” was created in assosiation with the Little Angel Theatre, London.
with original music by Martina Schwarz, is a retelling of the classic European folktale by puppeteer/ artist Bronia Evers (One Moment in Time). Watch it on the Little Angel Theatre YouTube channel
Falling About, Green Candle Dance Co:
Falling About, which addresses the often complex issues that surround falling. Watch it here.
No Fear, Green Candle Dance Co:
No Fear, a dance theatre show for young children. Watch it here. Music by Martina Schwarz
Die Konspirantinnen (Conspirators) 2006:
Polish Heroines in Resistance 1939-1945. A film by Paul Meyer. Watch an extract here. Music by Martina Schwarz
The Odyssey, London Bubble Theatre:
“The atmosphere was wonderfully exuberant and with almost the whole audience composed of families, this witty production worked on enough levels to keep everyone entertained. The ensemble cast, who all play multiple roles as well as singing and playing Martina Schwarz’s well-judged music, was great, and clearly as pleased as the audience that the Bubble is back.” – Eleanor Turney
Sonámbulas Dance Performance
Watch an extract here. Choreographed by Justyna Sochaj. Performers Tomomi Kosano, Nashira Santanatalia Gómez, Justyna Sochaj. Music composed by Martina Schwarz
Three characters sharing their dreams have the same lunatic experience. Their dreamy feelings and emotions are tangled with the sounds of an accordion which travels with them, creating repeatedly ambiguous and mysterious worlds.
The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor
Martina has composed and played music for most of the New Factory of the Eccentric Actor company’s large-scale theatre productions – aimed at bringing revolutionary events in history alive. The Red Cabbage Cafe, New Babylon, 1905, Heroines of Revolution, Victory of the Sun and 1848 have been performed between 1996-2013 in venues ranging from run-down factory halls to the Round House and Conway Hall in London.
Martina is often part of Blacktooth’s delightful evenings of words and music, the latest event was a socially distanced reprise of Northern Lights in September 2020 outside of St. Mary’s tower in Harringey.