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“Mazowsze” - History

“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” - 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 - 07.22.1951
•    Flag of Labour, II Class - 01.15.1953
•    Flag of Labor I Class - 07.22.1955
•    Third Prize - Ballet Festival - 1957. - Brazil, for the film shot with the "Mazowsze" in 1954 in Paris
•    Gold Medal of Brussels - 04.12.1958


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.


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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Founders

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Tadeusz Sygietyński

Tadeusz Sygietynski was born on the 24th of September, 1896 in Warsaw. "I grew up - he wrote in his  biography - surrounded by the finest writers, painters, musicians and scholars of the time. Scientifically, the house was filled with positivism, prominent focus on ethnography, folklore and humanities.


Mira Zimińska-Sygietyńska

Mira Zimińska-Sygietyńska (Marianna maiden name Burzyńska) was born on February 22, 1901, in Płock. She was only eighteen months old when she appeared on a theater stage for the first time. Her parents,  the employees of the Urban Theatre in Płock, "lent"  her to the Ukrainian drama troupe which arrived for guest performances and needed a crying baby. 

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ECM

ECM  - The European Center “Mazowsze”   

With funds provided by the Mazowsze Voivodeship and significant support from the European Regional Development Fund, the ECM was established to provide an exceptional multi-purpose facility that offers outstanding utilitarian and aesthetic values reliant on modern technology.
Thus, the ECM allows the realization of interesting and large-scale artistic and cultural endeavors, along with educational and training conferences.

Performance hall

The Performance and Education Hall is the main object at Mazowsze’s headquarters.

The auditorium can accommodate up to 540 people. The stage is almost 350 m2, the two side pockets being 100 m2 each. The Hall is 13 meters high. Artists have comfortable dressing rooms for 100 people at their disposal.

Ye Old Polish Inn

An important object of the Mazowsze’s Folklore Center is Ye Old Polish Inn, which can accommodate up to 80 people in a room on the ground floor with a terrace of 50 seats and an additional 30 seats at the uppermost level.
 

Accommodation facilities

At the Inn’s neighboring roadhouse are 3-star accommodation facilities. Three suites, 12 single rooms and 40 double rooms are available to our guests.

 

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Awards and decorations

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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 - 07.22.1951
•    Flag of Labour, II Class - 01.15.1953
•    Flag of Labor I Class - 07.22.1955
•    Third Prize - Ballet Festival - 1957. - Brazil, for the film shot with the "Mazowsze" in 1954 in Paris
•    Gold Medal of Brussels - 04.12.1958 

 

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 “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".

 

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Costumes

“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".



 

read more

Reviews

“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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ENSEMBLE “MAZOWSZE”

Świerkowa 2 Street,

05-805 Otrębusy, Brwinów Community,

Masovia Viovodeship, Poland 

tel. +48 22208 88 88

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Zespół finansowany jest ze środków Samorządu Województwa Mazowieckiego