Year of Chopin 200th Anniversary
Selected Preludes Op. 28, Nocturne: Op. 9 no. 1, Revolutionary Etude, Waltz Op 64 no 2 by Fredyryk Chopin
for actor, pianist and 8 dancers
Chopin’s letters, edited for performance by Agnieszka Laska
in Polish with English subtitles
Choreography: Agnieszka Laska
Costumes: Ela Kwasek, Becca Price
Fryderyk Chopin avoided descriptive titles for his musical works. However, of all composers of the era, his music is some of the most emotionally invested. An early and famous inspiration was the beautiful young singer Konstancja Gladkowska. In letters to a friend, Chopin mentions compositions (even passages) about her. Of these Concerto No. 2 in F minor is perhaps the best known.
So successful a concerto at age 20 was significant in launching Chopin’s touring career to western Europe. November 2nd, 1830, Fryderyk Chopin was seen off on his first professional tour by friends and admirers, with a ring from Konstancja on his finger and in his hand a silver cup filled with Polish soil — neither was he to see ever again.
Konstancja outlived Chopin 40 years; married, mother of five, kept Fryderyk’s portrait and his letters till end of her life – and burned all memorabilia days before her death.
That the laurels of renown might never come to wilt,
Leave you now Your closest friends and dearest family;
Strangers may esteem You more, reward you to the hilt,
But they surely cannot love You stronger than do we.
— from Konstancja Gladowska’s sztambuch (19th C. “facebook”)
“…there are many ways to promote Polish culture, some better, some stronger, but this show was exceptional, reaching the hearts of literally everyone in the audience…’
pelna recenzja + pictures by © Dariusz Lachowski www.transcendentphoto.com …Widowisko przygotowane przez znaną choreograf, która od lat prowadzi grupę baletową w Portland w stanie Oregon, przerosło nasze wyobrażenia i spowodowało, że muzykę naszego najwybitniejszego kompozytora epoki romantyzmu zaczęliśmy odbierać nie tylko zmysłem słuchu, ale też wzroku…
‘…the performance, authored by a renowned choreographer, running her dance company in Portland, Oregon for many years now, was incredible — beyond our imagination. As a result we started to sense the music of our greatest romantic composer not only through hearing it but by seeing it as well…”
pelna recenzja + pictures by © Robert Wachowiak: