Polish dance, song troupe plans rare workshop
Staff report YOUNGSTOWN The internationally renowned Mazowsze Folk Song and Dance Ensemble will give its first workshop in the United States on Dec. 5 at the Morley Building, home of Ballet Western Reserve, West Boardman Street, downtown. The workshop, which will be from noon to 5 p.m., is open to dancers and singers of every kind and level. It already has attracted participants from throughout the nation, said Aundrea Cika Heschmeyer of Polish Youngstown. “To put it in perspective, this is the equivalent of a guitar enthusiast having the chance to play with Eddie Van Halen,” said Heschmeyer. The workshop will provide participants with practical information and step work that can be incorporated into a troupe, choir or children’s group. In the evening after the workshop, the 23-piece Mazowsze orchestra and its 20-man chorale will perform at the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown’s annual Wigilia dinner at The Youngstown Club. The dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $35 ($15 for children). Reservation forms are available at polishyoungstown.com. Mazowsze, which is the national dance troupe of Poland, is touring the United States and will perform at Cleveland’s Palace Theatre on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Polish Youngstown has reserved a block of seats for this performance, which will include the entire Mazowsze troupe. Tickets are $32 and $44 and include a cast party after the show. Tickets elsewhere in the theater are available by calling 216-241-6000. The full Mazowsze troupe has more than 90 dancers, musicians and singers, arrayed in a series of handmade traditional costumes – more than 1,000 in total. The troupe, which celebrates the cultural legacy of Poland, was founded by Professor Tadeusz Sygietynski, a composer and folklore lover, and his wife, Mira, an actress who began her career in post-war Poland. After surviving World War II, the first performance of Mazowsze was staged in Warsaw’s Polish Theatre in November 1950, after two years of studying, practicing and rehearsing. At first, the group focused mainly on the songs and dances of central Poland. However, today the choreography and musical arrangements represent 39 regions of Poland with traditional performance styles. The orchestra performs music ranging from Chopin to simple folk melodies. Over the past 60 years, Mazowsze has performed more than 7,000 shows in 50 countries. (Vindy)
 
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