So, this is Poland!
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So, this is Poland!

¦l±sk Ensemble

Helokanie Południa

About the 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.

All project activities scheduled for Budapest, Zagreb and Bratislava are conceptually based on the theme ‘Helokanie’, but also draw from partners artistic program resources such as Croatian ‘Ojkanie’ or national dances, where common and distinctive features are going to be traced for and analyzed.

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.

“Helokanie” as a source of inspiration.

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.

The unique nature of ‘Helokanie’ can be determined by numerous artistic inspirations it has become  a source of.

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.

 

The project partners of ‘Helokanie and its counterparts in South European countries are bound for years with close, friendly, creative and artistically based relations with “Śląsk”. “Śląsk” Ensemble aims at continuing this collaboration in future.

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