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“Mazowsze” - History

"Mazowsze" is one of the largest artistic ensambles  in the world born out of the wealth of national dances, folk songs, chants and traditions. The troupe has been named after the central region of  Poland - Mazowsze, but the repertoire of "Mazowsze" has soon been enriched by the folklore of other regions. Today, it covers 42 scenic versions of various regions.

Officially, "Mazowsze" was brought to the life by the decree of the Minister of Culture and Art on November the eighth, 1948. Tadeusz Sygietyński was to create a folk ensemble in order to take care of the traditional repertoire of folk, based on the songs and dances of Mazowsze countryside and regional artistic tradition.
However, the idea of the troupe was formed long before that.

Tadeusz Sygietyński, the outstanding composer and folklore lover and Mira Zimińska-Sygietyńska, the actress of the pre-war stage, promised each other that if they were to survive the war, they would create a folk band.  While for the film and cabaret actress the idea  seemed distant, it was the realization of Tadeusz’s old dream.
Zimińska gave up her acting career and engaged in organizational matters. Sygietynski composed works based on original folk songs. They scoured the countryside in search of “granny” clothes (Zimińska) and talented young people (Sygietyński).  They chose an early twentieth century mansion near Warsaw – Karolin – named after first owner’s wife - for the troupe’s headquarters.
 
At the end of 1948 the first group of young people from the surrounding villages and towns  arrived to  the palace of Karolin. They began to study and rehearse and after two years, on November 6, 1950, they premiered in the Polish Theatre in Warsaw.
The program of the concert covered dances and songs from central Poland.

As early as in 1951 “Mazowsze” set off to conquer the world, starting with  the right direction at that time – the Soviet Union. After three years, the troupe won over Paris (October 1, 1954), and six years later “Mazowsze”crossed the Atlantic.

1955 was for “Mazowsze”  the year of grief. Tadeusz Sygietyński died and the future of the ensemble was no longer certain.  The darkest possible scenarios started to emerge. Some even thought that the ensemble would suspend its activity.  "If it was not for Mira it would not be Sygietyński nor Mazowsze" - once wrote Marian Hemar, poet and friend of the ensemble. It was her – Mrs Mira – who made “Mazowsze” what it is today. She devoted her talent, experience and life working until 1997. Thanks to her, the program has been enriched by previously unknown religious and patriotic songs. It was her who made “Mazowsze” famous all around the world.
It was also Stanisław Jopek (called “the First Carter of Poland" due to his interpretation of the song “Carter”) with his great vocal talent who contributed to the success of the troupe along with the choreographic visions of the former ballet soloist, Witold Zapała.

Today “Mazowsze” delights with its youth, vigor, professionalism, and colour. The repertoire of the Troupe includes the folkloric work of 42 Polish regions. During one concert audiences can enjoy about 20 of them. The costumes differ not only in origin, but also as far as the ornaments and materials are concerned. Weighing up to 14 kg, the costume in Łowicz-style can still whirl in the dance like a light tulle.

Artistic uniqueness of the ensemble is a synthesis of the qualities and values accumulated over centuries in Polish culture, in which the basis is simple folk art in ennobled, sophisticated form, while not devoid of truth, honesty, and the simplicity of prototypes. The greatest polish artists such as Frederic Chopin and Karol Szymanowski also found it inspiring, thus highlighting the meaning of national identity.

“Mazowsze’s” style is a warmth of gentle styling, highlighting the beauty of the original with reference to the music, choreography, and costume. The folklore presented by the ensemble on stage becomes art of the highest value and of great emotional charge.
The first foreign successes highlighted the needs and expectations of the audience. The word “Mazowsze” became a key, identifying an otherwise unknown, foreign country and culture. For the Polish community, in turn, it has become synonymous with patriotism and homeland.

Considering the enormous wealth of its repertoire and activities aiming at protecting  of the cultural heritage, "Mazowsze" is regarded as a national troupe.
Jerzy Waldorf, the prominent music critic, called “Mazowsze” a pearl in the crown of the Republic of Poland. This statement clearly indicates the value of the troupe, which for more than 60 years has enraptured audience around the world, fulfilling the honorable function of the Ambassador of Polish Culture.


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“Mazowsze” - History

"Mazowsze" is one of the largest artistic ensambles  in the world born out of the wealth of national dances, folk songs, chants and traditions. The troupe has been named after the central region of  Poland - Mazowsze, but the repertoire of "Mazowsze" has soon been enriched by the folklore of other regions. Today, it covers 42 scenic versions of various regions.


 

Awards and decorations of the TADEUSZ SYGIETYŃSKI STATE FOLK SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE „MAZOWSZE”

•    State Award I degree - 22.07.1951
•    Flag of Labour, II Class - 15.01.1953
•    Flag of Labor I Class - 22.07.1955
•    Third Prize - Ballet Festival - 1957. - Brazil, for the film shot with the "Mazowsze" in 1954 in Paris
•    Gold Medal of Brussels - 12/04/1958
•    Gold Badge of Reconstruction of Warsaw - 15.11.1959
•    Special Prize at the International Art Festival in Sao Paulo for the exhibition of costumes - 1965.
•    Janka Krasickiego Gold Distinction - 02.11.1965
•    Millennium Badge - 15.07.1966
•    The award given on the occasion of XXV - Anniversary of the Liberation of Pruszków Land-17.01.1970
•    Ambrosian Gold Medal - the highest award in Milan - 1970
•    Gold Badge for Services to the province of Warsaw - 22.09.1970
•    Badge of Honor - "Distinguished Białystok People" - Bialystok - 28.10.1971
•    Badge "Builder of Wroclaw" - 06.05.1972
•    Silver Medal of the United Nations - USA, New York - 08.02.1973
•    Award of the Association "Polonia" for artistic achievements in the promotion of Polish culture abroad - 06.1973
•    Scouting Badge of Friendship and Honor - awarded by the Headquarters of Polish Scouting Association - 22.09.1975
•    Order of the Flag of Labor, I Class - awarded by the State Council at a ceremony in the town of Karolin 03.11.1975
•    Honor Badge For Services for the Development of the Łódź Region - Award of the Presidium of the National Council of the City of Lódź - 21.10.1976
•    Commemorative Medal for contribution to the development of polish  folklore and culture - Olsztyn 05.17.1979,
•    Gold Badge for the work and effort put into promoting Polish culture among people with disabilities - 11.05.1979
•    Badge for services to the city of Radom granted by the Bureau of Provincial Council - 22.03.1983
•    Medal of Honour for the city of Kalisz - in recognition of outstanding contribution granted by the Bureau of the City Council in Kalisz - 18.04.1985
•    Occasional Medal for contributions made to the socio-economic development in Puławy - 01.03 1986
•    Gold Badge of "Polonia" - for outstanding achievements in strengthening the patriotic Polish ties with the Motherland - 28.12.1988
•    Coat of Suwałki in copper - for services to the city 05.1990
•    Medal of "Distinguished for the city of Piła" - honored by the President of Pila - 20/02/1990
•    Medal for services to the development of culture in Mazowsze - awarded by Mazowieckie Cultural Association - 27/09/1991
•    "Silver Ace" - "AS'94" – The M. A. Oczkowski Honor Award 06.10.1994
•    Foreign Markets Annual Award - "Outstanding Polish Exporter" - for the long-time export of Polish culture - 1998
•    Plaque "Prometheus" - Polish Art Prize Stage - for the highest artistic and creative achievements of stage art - 28.02.1999
•    "Honorary Ambassador of Polish Business" - for the unique achievements in the promotion of Polish culture and tradition - 01.2000
•    Plaque "Pyramid of Knowledge expertise and Friendship" to commemorate the 50th anniversary - from the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Rybnik 1990-2000
•    Plaque "Golden Muse Polish Recordings" - 09.2000
•    Plaque "Annual Honorary Award of the Minister of Culture for the year 2000" - 16.06.2001
•    Medal "Heart for Hearts" - 2001.
•    Order "Ecumenical Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of St. Brygide" - from Chapter of the Order of St Brygide in Gdańsk - 18.12.2001
•    Plaque "FIFA World Weightlifting" - 2002
•    Medal of the Independent Public Healthcare in Bychawa for assistance in the development of the hospital and charity work - 01.2003
•    Platinum Plate for Polish recordings for the album "Beloved Country" - 25.02.2003
•    Plaque "company quality" of the National Chamber of Crafts and SMEs - 20.06.2003
•    "The Janek Krasicki Gold Heart Varsovia" - from the Children's Folk Song and Dance Ensemble "Varsovia" - in recognition - 21.11.2003
•    Plaque "TV Polonia Satellite Program Award for glorifying the Polish country in the world" - 02.05.2003
•    Cup of Polish Year in Sweden from Polka International - 16.11.2003
•    European Tourist Award "European Award for tourismous" - the European Federation of Press Desk - 03.2004
•    Medal "Gold Medal of the Academy" - the Polish Success Academy - 05.06.2004
•    Plaque of the Association of Polish Club Exporter Export Review - 10.09.2004
•    Grand Prize of the Sixth International Folk Art Festival of China Huangshan-Beijing (statue), and a prize for participating in this event - 07.10.2004
•    Diploma for 55 years of the best reviews in the press, radio and television around the world, praising the unique charm of concerts and promoting the beautiful Polish tradition and culture - 2.12.2005
•    Silesian Dove of Friendship awarded by the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Rybnik - 26.11.2005
•    Medal awarded by the Polish Radio SA for the Jubilee of the 80th anniversary of Polish Radio - 22.03.2006
•    Plaque European Award for Tourismuos granted by the European Federation of Press Desk - 16.03.2006
•    Nomination to the Title of Promotional Leader of Promotion of Polish Culture - awarded by the World Health Foundation, Mind, Heart - 24.02.2006
•    Thanks for the participation in the XIV Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity - 09.01.2006
•    Limited ceramic plate with a portrait of Pope John Paul II from the Society of Polish Authors - 08.01.2006

 

Costumes

The most surprising thing about Polish folk costumes are their diversity. “Mazowsze” has worked out 42 ethnographic regions, and in one concert (depending on its character) we can admire about 20 of them. They differ not only in origin, but also the colours, the variety of ornaments and materials from which they are made.
The troupe’s success in this area is owed to Mira Ziminska-Sygietyńska. Her experience and intuitive sense of beauty have made the forgotten and unknown costumes arouse admiration to this day.

By providing an unforgettable impression, “Mazowsze” offers a source of knowledge about the history of clothes in Poland.

The costumes of “Mazowsze” are in the majority original works of folk artists. They are made with natural materials like cotton, linen, hemp in the traditional method for the given region. The professionalism of the artists allows them – even in this 14kg costume in Łowicz-style – to spin and dance like in a light tulle

• “Mazowsze” is a real globetrotter. The troupe has performed almost 6,000 concerts at home and abroad for an audience of nearly 17 million, having travelled over the 2,300,000 km. More than 200 times they have gone abroad to 51 countries on six continents...
• At every concert “Mazowsze” takes about 1,000 costumes and about 20 tons of luggage...
• The preparation of the play is handled by the Technical Group. It takes 6 to 8 hours ...
• During the concert, each artist dresses up 7 to 10 times, having no more than three minutes for one change of costume ...
• The lovely, smiling, and lightly moving dancers in Łowicz-style costumes carry 14 kg of fabric …
 

Jennifer Dunning, “THE NEW YORK TIMES” - "There is nothing more magnificent than “Mazowsze”
 “Mazowsze” presents an amazing richness of costumes that preserve the authenticity of many Polish regions. The costumes are diverse, colorful, and shiny, made of lace, cotton, wool, and other fabrics”.
"Le Progres", France
“Red shoes, bright plaits, the artists will create huge frescos, both poetic and diabolical, which will be bursting with the Polish soul (...) the speed of the show is so stunning that the eyes fill with tears.  Because of other reasons – closer to the heart – they will remain closed for a long time ... “"



Reviews

“THE NEW YORK TIMES”
“There is nothing more magnificent than “Masovia”. The Polish folk group has now begun its American tour. This is the eighth time since its establishment in 1948. There was a wonderfully rich and heart-warming performance on Saturday night in the Brooklyn Center for artists of Brooklyn’s school.
The dancers and singers are presenting 28 performances, in which the melodic music and spontaneous dancing are full of humor. The great joy and spontaneity with which “Masovia” implements its program is proof that the performing artists provide great pleasure. This is also reflected in the reaction of the audience. (…)
One of the most beautiful images was “Vintage” from Poland’s Lubuski region. It is a majestic, distinguished dance with garlands, in which boys and girls bear grapes and flowers".

“THE BUFFALO NEWS”
"On Saturday night, in the filled to the brim Shea’s theater in Buffalo, the wonderful “Masovia” spread its extraordinary charm. “Masovia” is a Polish dance troupe that cultivates ethnicity and folklore in a harmonious program of songs, music and dance. (...)
This troupe is known not only for its authenticity, but also for its unique and spectacular costumes and great looks.
Using a special sense of humor, friendly, genuinely lyrical folk song connected with expressive dance step, “Masovia” has won the hearts of the audience, which applauded in the rhythm with the music. Just one more expression of the public to establish emotional contact with the troupe”.

“TIMES UNION” - SCHENECTADY, USA
 “Proctor's Theater” has hosted in the past many folk dance groups, but never one so dynamic, so genuine, and so excellent as “Masovia” from Poland. On Friday evening they came together with the whole orchestra, with such beautiful costumes and such stunningly special dance and songs, that it would be difficult to compete with them”.

“LA PRENCA” - BARCELONA, SPAIN
"They create the truth of beauty, singing and dancing with special grace and agility. The dynamism and mobility of the performance impresses all, there is no place for boredom or the fatigue on the part of the viewer.
About the artistic aspect, the authenticity, richness, and variety of costumes create a vision which makes you almost dizzy. Every song and every dance was crowned with an enthusiastic ovation and thunderous applause. Folk art is an art that uniquely speaks to the people, unites them, and removes all boundaries and opens hearts to understanding and feeling”.

“The MORNING STAR” - LONDON
"It is more than just a great festival of music and dance, this is a wonderfully colorful and richly sketched history of the folk culture of the Polish nation, presented by dozens of athletically built young men and dozens of young women from today’s Poland”.

“THE MONTREAL STAR” - MONTREAL, CANADA
“If the Polish climate was subarctic, it might explain why these people are dancing, dancing, and dancing in this way. Approximately 100 dancers and singers from the National Troupe of Folk Songs and Dance “Masovia“, performed at the Wilfrid Pelletier Hall today at 8:30 p.m. and tomorrow on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. They make such an effort, as some Olympic hope, but during their two-hour performance they look still so fresh and fine, as if they had just woken up in the morning (...).
“The program of the troupe presents all of Poland’s regions. Thrilling dances like the Mazurek and Oberek are varied by dances like the Polonez and Waltz and emphasized by choral parts and delicious moments of humour. It is a never-ending kaleidoscope of forms, spinning, and virtual trampoline jumps in the arms of partners or solo, and all this in a flood of flowers creating a stately celebration of the 17-19 century ball”.

Jennifer Dunning, “THE NEW YORK TIMES”
"There is nothing more magnificent than “Mazowsze”
 “Mazowsze” presents an amazing richness of costumes that preserve the authenticity of many Polish regions. The costumes are diverse, colorful, and shiny, made of lace, cotton, wool, and other fabrics”.

"Le Progres", France
“Red shoes, bright plaits, the artists will create huge frescos, both poetic and diabolical, which will be bursting with the Polish soul (...) the speed of the show is so stunning that the eyes fill with tears.  Because of other reasons – closer to the heart – they will remain closed for a long time ... ".


 


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“Mazowsze” - History

"Mazowsze" is one of the largest artistic ensambles  in the world born out of the wealth of national dances, folk songs, chants and traditions. The troupe has been named after the central region of  Poland - Mazowsze, but the repertoire of "Mazowsze" has soon been enriched by the folklore of other regions. Today, it covers 42 scenic versions of various regions.


Awards and  decorations

Awards and decorations of the TADEUSZ SYGIETYŃSKI STATE FOLK SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE „MAZOWSZE”
•    State Award I degree - 22.07.1951
•    Flag of Labour, II Class - 15.01.1953
•    Flag of Labor I Class - 22.07.1955
•    Third Prize - Ballet Festival - 1957. - Brazil, for the film shot with the "Mazowsze" in 1954 in Paris
•    Gold Medal of Brussels - 12/04/1958
 

Costumes

The most surprising thing about Polish folk costumes are their diversity. “Mazowsze” has worked out 42 ethnographic regions, and in one concert (depending on its character) we can admire about 20 of them. They differ not only in origin, but also the colours, the variety of ornaments and materials from which they are made.
 

Reviews

“THE NEW YORK TIMES”
“There is nothing more magnificent than “Mazowsze”. The Polish folk group has now begun its American tour. This is the eighth time since its establishment in 1948. There was a wonderfully rich and heart-warming performance on Saturday night in the Brooklyn Center for artists of Brooklyn’s school.
 

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M for M Project

"Mazowsze" for Mazowsze

Within the Project  “"Mazowsze” for Mazowsze”  four performances  will take place on the stage of  headquarters of Mazowsze. More information below:
 

November 29,  2012.,   06:00 p.m - "Sweet raisins, bitter almonds"  - Theatre Drama of Plock

November 30,  2012.,   07:00 p.m - "Just Poland"  PZLPiT "Mazowsze"

December  1,  2012.,   06:00 p.m - "The Merry Widow"  The J. Kiepura Mazowiecki Musical Theatre

December  2,  2012.,    05:00 p.m - "Rita’s education"  Theatre 6 floor
 

Free invitations are available in the ticket office  of Matecznik Mazowsze in Otrębusy.  More information on our website www.mazowsze.waw.pl  or by phone 22 20 88 200
 

12.02.2012

"Rita`s education"

 

12.01.2012

"The Merry Widow"

 

11.30.2012

“Kaleidoscope of Poland’s colours”

 

11.29.2012

"Sweet raisins, bitter almonds"

 

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Repertoire of Ensemble

“Mazowsze’s” style is a warmth of gentle styling, highlighting the beauty of the original, both with reference to the music, choreography, and costume. The folklore presented by the ensemble on stage becomes art of the highest value, the art of great emotional charge.
•    "The colors of Poland" – the full-length concert of the choir, ballet and orchestra, composed of the most popular Polish folk, songs and dances (additionally it is possible to present slides, thematically connected  with presented  regions if the relevant technical requirements are met);
•    "Nobody, only you" - a concert dedicated to Mira Ziminska-Sygietyńska;
•     "The small music played for me”  - a concert dedicated to Tadeusz Sygietyński;
•     "The Warsaw - Our Love" - a concert dedicated to Warsaw;
•     The Concert of the most beautiful Polish songs and folk songs;
•     "With the song through the world" - a concert of the songs “brought” by “Mazowsze” from foreign countries, performed in original languages such as Chinese or Arabic.
•    The concert of patriotic and religious songs (carols, pastorals, songs of Passion, Easter songs, Marian songs);
•    The concert of Chopin and Moniuszko songs;
•    "In the rhythm of the polonaise" - an educational concert with a workshop part concerning selected national dances;
•    The concert at the indigenous stage  of  "Mazowsze" in the headquarter  Matecznik Mazowsze  in Otrębusy combined with visiting the museum of costumes,  folk instruments and souvenirs from the  journey, accompanying other events, such as banquets, meetings, jubilees (banquet hall, auditorium, restaurant, hotel three-star standard  are at disposal).
  

Career opportunities:

The Tadeusz Sygietynski State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble "Mazowsze" is  recruiting choir members. 

PZLPiT is looking for the candidates for the positions of  singer and  singer soloist.
 

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Repertoire of Ensemble

“Mazowsze’s” style is a warmth of gentle styling, highlighting the beauty of the original, both with reference to the music, choreography, and costume. The folklore presented by the ensemble on stage becomes art of the highest value, the art of great emotional charge.
•    "The colors of Poland" – the full-length concert of the choir, ballet and orchestra, composed of the most popular Polish folk, songs and dances (additionally it is possible to present slides, thematically connected  with presented  regions if the relevant technical requirements are met);
•    "Nobody, only you" - a concert dedicated to Mira Ziminska-Sygietyńska;
•     "The small music played for me”- a concert dedicated to Tadeusz Sygietyński;
•     "The Warsaw - Our Love" - a concert dedicated to Warsaw;
•      The Concert of the most beautiful Polish songs and folk songs;
•     "With the song through the world" - a concert of the songs “brought” by “Mazowsze” from foreign countries, performed in original languages such as Chinese or Arabic.
•     The concert of patriotic and religious songs (carols, pastorals, songs of Passion, Easter songs, Marian songs);
•     The concert of Chopin and Moniuszko songs;
•     "In the rhythm of the polonaise" - an educational concert with a workshop part concerning selected national dances;
•    The concert at the indigenous stage  of  "Mazowsze" in the headquarter  Matecznik Mazowsze  in Otrębusy combined with visiting the museum of costumes, folk instruments and souvenirs from the  journey, accompanying other events, such as banquets, meetings, jubilees (banquet hall, auditorium, restaurant, hotel three-star standard  are at disposal).

 

Career opportunities:

The Tadeusz Sygietynski State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble "Mazowsze" is  recruiting choir members. 

PZLPiT is looking for the candidates for the positions of  singer and  singer soloist.

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Career opportunities

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Career opportunities:

The Tadeusz Sygietynski State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble "Mazowsze" is  recruiting choir members. 

PZLPiT is looking for the candidates for the positions of  singer and  singer soloist.

 

Our offer

“Mazowsze’s” style is a warmth of gentle styling, highlighting the beauty of the original, both with reference to the music, choreography, and costume. The folklore presented by the ensemble on stage becomes art of the highest value, the art of great emotional charge.
•     "The colors of Poland" – the full-length concert of the choir, ballet and orchestra, composed of the most popular Polish folk, songs and dances (additionally it is possible to present slides, thematically connected  with presented  regions if the relevant technical requirements are met);
•     "Nobody, only you" - a concert dedicated to Mira Ziminska-Sygietyńska;
•     "The small music played for me”  - a concert dedicated to Tadeusz Sygietyński;
•     "The Warsaw - Our Love" - a concert dedicated to Warsaw;
•     The Concert of the most beautiful Polish songs and folk songs;
•     "With the song through the world" - a concert of the songs “brought” by “Mazowsze” from foreign countries, performed in original languages such as Chinese or Arabic.
•    The concert of patriotic and religious songs (carols, pastorals, songs of Passion, Easter songs, Marian songs);
•    The concert of Chopin and Moniuszko songs;
•    "In the rhythm of the polonaise" - an educational concert with a workshop part concerning selected national dances;
•    The concert at the indigenous stage  of  "Mazowsze" in the headquarter  Matecznik Mazowsze  in Otrębusy combined with visiting the museum of costumes,  folk instruments and souvenirs from the  journey, accompanying other events, such as banquets, meetings, jubilees (banquet hall, auditorium, restaurant, hotel three-star standard  are at disposal).




 

 

 

 

 


 

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