Polish Culture in China 2014/2015
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A huge exhibition of old and contemporary Polish art in Beijing will inaugurate the Polish cultural programme that has been prepared over the past few years by Culture.pl for the 2014/2015 season.
We started our presence in China in autumn 2014 with a series of musical events. In September, the Baltic Opera performed Madame Curie in Tianjin Grand Theatre. Anna Maria Jopek and her band played in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan, while the Sarnecki/Cichocki Quintet gave concerts and workshops in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. At the same time at the Warsaw Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music, the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra premièred a new piece of music commissioned from Polish composer Wojciech Blecharz. A compositional competition dedicated to the work of Oskar Kolberg was organized a month later by the Central Conservatory in Beijing as part of the electronic music festival Musicacoustica.
However, the most significant and eagerly anticipated events co-organized by Culture.pl will be held this year. There will be two cross-sectional exhibitions of Polish art in the biggest museums of Beijing. The Treasures from Chopin’s Land exhibition, prepared by the National Museum in Warsaw, opens on 6th
February in the National Museum of China. Almost 350 pieces of old and contemporary art will be presented in a huge 2000m2
space. Afterwards, from 10th
May until 30th
June, visitors in the National Art Gallery in Beijing will be able to see an exhibition entitled Stages of Life, prepared by the Art Museum in Łódź and featuring the most prominent pieces of recent Polish art.
Fans of music, film and theatre will also be satisfied. In February, Polish pianist Beata Bilińska will give a series of recitals in Beijing and Wuhan. Polish film classics will take part in the Martin Scorsese Presents – Poland programme, and the newest Polish productions will be shown at the International Film Festival in Beijing.
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The Polish cultural programme also includes the music of years gone by. Within the Early Music Season series of concerts, the Arte dei Suonatori and Octava Ensemble orchestras, specializing in baroque and renaissance music, will play in the concert halls of Beijing and Wuhan in April.
After the great success of his play Persona. Marilyn last year in Tianjin, the première of Krystian Lupa's new production is planned for May. His Wycinka, winner of the Divine Comedy Theatre Festival in Kraków, will be staged in Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai. In May, the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra will start its first Chinese tour. Among other places, they will play in the prestigious National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. At the end of July, Michał Zadara will present his version of Mickiewicz’s Dziady in the Beijing People’s Art Theatre in Beijing.
The season of Polish events in China will close with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra playing pieces by Polish composers. This time the concert will take place in the prestigious Beijing Concert Hall and the programme includes music by Lidia Zielińska, Wojciech Blecharz, Tadeusz Wielecki, Piotr Roemer, Jarosław Siwiński and Paweł Heindrich..
2015 in China will be full of Polish events and some of them will be the first of their kind, like the exhibitions of old and contemporary art, the Polish focus during the Film Festival in Beijing or the first Sinfonia Varsovia tour.
Source: owned material, translation Agata Wissuwa, 16th January 20015