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Since last March, we have seen online cultural offerings pick up, and these days we have a lot of choice – we can pick and choose whatever we want. I have grown terribly tired of the Internet, and I try to keep in touch with culture through conversations about art with my friends. We chat, exchange thoughts and inspirations, while looking forward to meeting artists and audiences in person. If you would like to wait with me, I recommend counting down the days until:
The première of Queen. Backyard Fairy Tale in the Wroclaw Pantomime Theatre based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen – something for the fans of mimes, who still are and feel young. We will perform in the backyard near the theatre, and the façade of the nearby historic building will serve, among other things, as an enormous screen for spectacular visualisations. For the time being we are rehearsing, the première will take place as soon as the theatres open.
Album by Szymon Tomczyk. Szymon is a Renaissance man of many musical faces. Perhaps that is why he has so many artistic pseudonyms. I recommend following Szymon on Facebook (Szym_T) and YouTube (Szym Ćwiertniewski). He is an artist who does not only hear music, but also feels it – that is why I am waiting for his first release like for nothing else in this world.
In anticipation of Filip Zawada’s new book, Zbyt wiele zim minęło, żeby była wiosna…
Here are two books, which helped me get through the Blue Monday. The first of them is Caravaggio. The Complete Works by Sebastian Schutze – seeing how travelling is still a big no-no, it is definitely a good thing to have beautifully photographed works by one of the greatest painters of all time with commentary, inspiration and technique explanations. The other recommendation comes from the other side of the world and another cultural sphere – the translation of Masnavi, dubbed the “Persian Qur’an”, a poem and mystical treatise by Jalal al-Din Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi, is getting published in Poland, thanks to Albert Kwiatkowski, who translated the 26,000 couplets from the Persian language. It is a universal and beautiful piece that can bring us closer to a culture that is mostly absent from the Western world due to prejudice, lack of understanding and ignorance.
I also have to mention one single that constantly plays on my devices – Wrocław-based Endy Yden released his Self Preservation – a brand new single, which comes after his GTFO! and whets my appetite for the next release. I am also waiting for the next release of Leszek Możdżer’s trio with Holland Baroque. Their Just Ignore It is going to be an amazing journey.
And for something from my area of interest – since the theatres are still waiting to release their pent-up creative energy, they are becoming increasingly active online. I have been following the activities of the Helena Modrzejewska Theatre in Legnica (wirtualnamodrzejewska.pl), which is particularly active on the net (#zostawGłomba). I know there are surprises in store in both the Capitol Musical Theatre and Song of the Goat Theatre. Make sure to watch their websites closely!