So, this is Poland!


The Śląsk Ensemble in Budapest!

Thursday 14 September 2017, 7:00 pm

Nemzeti Táncszínház, MOM Kulturális Központ

1124 Budapest, Csörsz u. 18.

Helokanie Południa Project

The project, which received funding of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, is designed to promote Polish culture abroad through a series of joint workshops with foreign partners including a planned concerts tour in Slovakia, Hungary and in Croatia in autumn 2017.The main objective is to implement a multi-faceted project promoting Polish culture abroad. All foreign partners attending the project represent a similar activity profile to “Śląsk” Ensemble: The National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia “Lado” from Zagreb, Croatia; The Hungarian Heritage House and Hungarian State Folk Ensemble from Budapest, Hungary; The Slovak State Traditional Dance Company “Sluk” from Bratislava, Slovakia. Each of the Ensemble presents culture, which is the carrier of their national identity.Workshops conducted with project partners are foreseen to begin in November 2016 proceeding the planned Southern European tour. Workshops, joint meetings and final concerts are intended to bring closer cultural institutions, expand the network of contacts, as well as confront with and draw on creatively the concepts and ideas of artists and educators of “Śląsk” as well as project partners.The aim of the week long vocal and dance workshop is to mutually get acquainted with a national dance and singing of project partners, techniques and methods of teaching, as well as sources of inspiration and its creative process. The outcome of the workshops will be ready for viewing in autumn 2017 during a series of concerts “Hello, hello Folks!” tournee.The plans include organization of concerts for project partners in Poland to familiarize local audience with culture diversity showcased  by artists of Croatia, Slovakia and Hungary. These plans refer to 2018 projects, when “Śląsk” Ensemble will be celebrating its 65th anniversary. The project leading thread „Helokanie” is a song composed by Stanislaw Hadyna, inspired by the work of the shepherds of the Beskid Slaski Mountains. It is a vocal dialogue illustration of two working shepherdesses who, without eye contact, communicate by calling each other. They communicate by using white/throat, traditional voice. The whole is enhanced by the sound of the choir, that gives the effect of mountains open space. With time, the song composition has been acknowledged to be the anthem of ‘ŚLĄSK’ Ensemble and has been incorporated permanently into its repertoire. It was David Bowie, among others, who got enchanted and inspired by its melody using it in his ‘Warsaw’ song – today a part of canon of world music. This time, “Helokanie” has become an inspiration for Stanisław Hadyna’s “Śląsk” Song and Dance Ensemble itself - to create a path of good practices, exchange of experiences and international cooperation within the framework of the project connecting artists from the Europe: Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia.

A concert that showcases the beauty of national culture in the context of regional heritage.
The performance contains folk songs and dances that are characteristics of different regions of Poland, enriched with national dance choreography. The dynamic nature of the concert and its colourful stage costumes create a spectacle that takes the audience on a journey to the world of picturesque folk culture.

Co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.


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