Culture.pl in China 2016
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After a huge success of Polish cultural programme in China organised last year by Culture.pl and the Polish Institute in Beijing, in 2016 we focus on presenting Polish theatre and dance productions as well as early, classical and contemporary music. This time the Chinese audience, not only in Beijing, Tianjin and Wuzhen, but also in Harbin, will have a chance to see some of the most recent and representative Polish theatre productions.
The extensive presentation of Polish theatre includes seven productions – performances directed by the biggest stars of our theatre: Krystian Lupa, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Grzegorz Jarzyna, Jan Klata, Paweł Passini and Paul Bargetto. They will be shown on the stages of Grand Theatres in Tianjin, Harbin and Wuzhen, as well as Beijing People’s Art Theatre. Such a broad presentation is a natural consequence of the positive reception of Polish theatre in China during the last two years, especially the success of Krystian Lupa. His first play invited to Mainland China, Persona. Marilyn, presented in Beijing and Tianjin in 2014, triggered a chain reaction of rapidly growing interest in Polish theatre in China. For the audiences, everything in the play seemed new: the theatric language, emotional depth, the approach to acting, the role of the director, stage design and the use of video.
Lupa's new production Woodcutters presented in China last year was received even more enthusiastically by the Chinese audience and brought on a big public debate about the role of theatre and culture in general in China that continues until today. These two plays, together with other productions presented last year, certainly whetted Chinese theatre fans' appetite for Polish theatre. It seems that the diverse programming prepared by Culture.pl and its partners this year should satisfy Chinese audience and bring on more discussion about theatre.
In 2016 music is another main area of our focus, with a series of concerts as part of the Early Music Season run by the Forbidden City Concert Hall, another tour of Sinfonia Varsovia in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Changsha, as well as numerous tours of Polish jazz and post-rock bands. This time the organizers of the Early Music Season invited a Polish-only program which comprises: Tre Donne of the soprano Olga Pasiecznik and the ensemble, the Bach & Sons project of the harpsichordist Marcin Świątkiewicz and his international ensemble, as well as lute recitals of Michał Gondko. During its second visit to China in November, by the invitation of the Poly Entertainment Group, the Sinfonia Varsovia will perform under the baton of the great composer Krzysztof Penderecki, with the exceptional piano soloist Jan Lisiecki. Also this year, the organizers of the Strawberry Festival have invited, for the first time, a Polish post-rock band the Tides From Nebula, to perform in Beijing and Shanghai. 2016 will see another presentation of JAZZ PO POLSKU ON TOUR in China, a project promoting Polish jazz music abroad, with concerts of several jazz bands all around China.
The 2016 Polish programme in China is organised by Culture.pl and the Polish Institute – Culture Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing. The theatre season in Tianjin and Harbin is presented by the Tianjin Grand Theatre.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Written by EP, 23 Mar 2016
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