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Newsletter 2/2004 (1 April 2004)





8 April
Madame Butterfly

Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa
Plac Teatralny 1
tel. +48 (22) 69 20 200,
faks: +48 (22) 826 04 23, 826 50 12,

The first great success of director Mariusz Treliński and stage designer Boris F. Kudlička at the Polish National Opera. The Warsaw production of "Madame Butterfly" caught the attention of the artistic director of the Washington Opera, the great tenor Placido Domingo, and was also staged in Washington as a co-production with the Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa. The Washington premiere took place in 2001, to great audience acclaim and excellent reviews in the American press. “Never in my long life have I seen such an excellent production of "Madame Butterfly". But it’s not just that. This is one of the most beautiful productions I have ever seen at the opera,” said Placido Domingo in an interview.
Conductor - José Cura
Director - Mariusz Treliński.


from 2ed April
8th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival. Beethoven and the Music of the Nations of Europe.
                      Antonin Dvořák CELLO CONCERTO IN B MINOR OP. 104
                      Hector Berlioz SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE OP. 14
3 April, 8 p.m. Giuseppe Verdi REQUIEM
9 April, 9 p.m. Antonin Dvořák STABAT MATER

Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa
Plac Teatralny 1
tel. +48 (22) 69 20 200,
faks: +48 (22) 826 04 23, 826 50 12,
In 2004, the Easter Festival will be organized around the theme Beethoven and the Music of the Nations of Europe. This title relates the festival events to Poland’s entry into the European Union. The Festival programme is designed so as to show Beethoven’s works in various contexts and from different angles. The work of the “first liberated artist” meets the oeuvre of his contemporaries, with the works of Romantic, Modernist and 20th-century composers acting as a counterpoint. In this way Beethoven’s music becomes a source of inspiration to look for new references and reinterpretations in culture. Mrs. Elżbieta Penderecka, the Artistic Director of the Festival, has consistently followed the principle that a carefully selected programme of the concerts is interpreted by the best, internationally renowned artists.


 till 30th May
100 Years of Russian Posters

Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa, Muzeum Teatralne
Plac Teatralny 1
tel. +48 (22) 692 07 56
fax:+48 (22) 692 02 11

An exhibition of selected posters related to social, political and economic issues (from the collection of the National Library in Moscow) as well as theatre and entertainment-show posters. Designed by leading Russian and Soviet artists, they are an excellent illustration of changing art trends: from the Secession, through the constructivist avant-garde, to socialist realism. 

2 April
Reggae&Ska Fest

ul. Batorego 10,
tel.+48 (22) 825-60 31(32)
fax:+48 (22) 825-86-46

Independent music festival.Unique atmosphere of reggae and ska music. All the most important band are playing in the same place. On a stage are performing: Daab, Alians, Koniec Świata and many others.
Bands are going to be awarded with unusual prizes in unusual categories...but it is surprise.


6 April - 16 May
Yayoi Kusama

Galerii Sztuki Współczesnej Zachęta
pl. Małachowskiego 3,
tel.+48 (22) 8275854,
fax.+48 (22) 8277886.

Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) is the most outstanding female Japanese contemporary artist. As painter, sculptor, performer, author of installations, video films and novels.She has achieved world-wide recognition and acclaim on two occasions : the first in New York in the ’60s and the second in the ’90s, when at an already advanced age, she made a triumphant return to the world art scene in an extensive number of exhibitions, such as the exhibition ‘Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama 1958-1968’ in the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1998 demonstrating her influence on the American art of the ’60s.
The exhibition at Zachęta attempts to do no more than present a fraction of Kusama’s rich creative output. It will include a selection of her images, drawings collages and other works from all the major stages of the artist’s career.Within the frame of the exhibition we will also show a series of archive slides of Kusama called Walking Piece (1966), documenting a performance when the artist walked around the streets of New York in a kimono.
The works gathered for the exhibition come from the collections of the Kusama Studio and Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Les Abattoirs, Toulouse; Galerie Pičce Unique, Paris; Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Puteaux and Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nancy; Walter&Fabien Gallery, Basel – Zürich; Le Consortium, Dijon; Sammlung Goetz, Monachium; Galerie Bleibtreu, Berlin as well as from a private collection in France



2 - 30 April
First Fire. Young's Ceramics 2004.

Galeria Szkła i Ceramiki
ul. Kiełbaśnicza 5,
tel. +48 (71) 372 34 58

First Fire exhibition is presenting attainments of workshop of Ceramics at Wroclaw Art Academy from 1999 - 2003. It is a part of annual "Young's Ceramics" exhibition series, which gives young artists possibility to break through. Ceramics Workshop which is leaded by Krzysztof Rozpondk and Maciej Kasperski works with second year students.


till 25th April
Reflections In A New Nordic Light

Galeria Południowa, Zamek Książąt Pomorskich
ul. Korsarzy 34,
tel. +48 (91) 434 22 62,
fax.+48 (91) 434 79 84,

The art of glasswork can be extremely versatile. In the hands of renowned Scandinavian artists, this traditional material has entered new aesthetic dimensions. Glass sculptures, glass painting, glass objects, and glass tableware are only a few of the multiple artistic forms that glass can take.
It is impossible to imagine the world of Danish art without Per Hebsgaard, who has also earned an international reputation. Due to his vast knowledge, and in particular, to his unlimited desire to experiment with glass, he enjoys universal acclaim. Nothing seems to be impossible for him. A variety of fresh and original techniques have emerged out of his innovative spirit. The gtassworks created in his studio are more than merely applied art in the traditional sense. The Reflections in a New Nordic Light exhibition attempts to introduce the public to the multitude of embodiments and forms of Scandinavian glasswork. (Astrid la Cour) .


till 21st April
World in National Geographic's Lens

Centrum Kultury Zamek
ul. Święty Marcin 80/82,
tel. +48 (61) 6465200
fax. +48 (61) 6465308

Exhibition of almost 100 works by the best National Geographic's photographers, which is presenting amazing image of our planet from the beginning of 20th century( the oldest photograph is from 1907) till nowadays. Photographic journey, which we take thanks to an exhibition goes through Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East both Americs and many islands. Within the frame of the exhibition is also showed an interesting view of nowadays Poland. Amongst authors are Sam Abell, Wiliam Albert Allard, Jodi Cobb, David Doubilet, David Alan Harvey, Chris Johns, Emory Kristof, Frans Lanting, Steve McCurry, Nick Nichols, James Stanfield and Tomasz Tomaszewski - photographer publishing in the biggest magazines all over the world. He has been tree times in World Press Photo jury, for 17 years he has cooperated with National Geographic.



12 - 18 April
Ice Hockey World Championship Division 1

Hala Olivia
ul. Bażyńskiego 1,
tel. +48 (58) 552 20 95

On Ice Hockey World Championship Division 1, group B is playing 6 national teams, also Poland. In schedule is 15 games. In the same time World Championship group A is taking place in Olso, Norway.

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