The 2010-2012 Board of Directors of the Modjeska Club includes:
- Maja Trochimczyk, President
- Krystyna Kuszta, Vice President
- Danuta Zuchowska, Treasurer
- Krystyna Bartkowska, Secretary
- Andrew Z. Dowen
- Krystyna Okuniewski
- Boguslaw Plewnia
- Wanda Presburger
What are our plans? We have been talking about possible programs, with an abundance of opportunities and options. We encourage all Modjeska Club members and friends to post comments, send suggestions, and in other ways interact with the new Board of Directors, to ensure that the coming years are filled with interesting, uplifting, inspiring, educational, and entertaining programs and events.
Our first event is coming up soon: Mark your calendars for Friday, August 6, 2010, 8:30 p.m., Ford Theater, Hollywood (the private event starts at 7:00 p.m.):
In honor of Chopin's 200th birthday celebration
LUMINARIO BALLET OF LOS ANGELES
the premiere of a ballet by STEFAN WENTA
FANTASY ON POLISH AIRS
The performance takes place
on August 6th, 2010 at 8:30PM
at the FORD AMPHITHEATER
on 2580 Cahuenga Bld. East
There will by a specially reduced price for members of the Modjeska Art and Culture Club. The code for obtaining the 20$ ticket (instead of $30) will be available to our members and friends in our official email/mail invitation. Ford Amphitheater Box Office phone number is: 323-GO-1-FORD (323-461-3673).
STEFAN WENTA was a principal dancer and choreographer of the Warsaw Opera Ballet where he danced roles in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Coppelia, etc. After receiving a scholarship (together with Roman Polanski, Zbigniniew Cybulski, and Andrzej Komeda) to study in Paris, he became the partner of the Paris Opera's prima-ballerinas Yvette Chauvire and Lycette Darsonval. He also was the premier dancer of the Theatre d'Art du Ballet, with which he gave guest performances in India, Indonesia, China, Africa and all over Europe.
In 1960 he came to America where he became the Artistic Director of the Western Ballet of Los Angeles, and, later on, the Wenta Ballet of Los Angeles. He choreographed many ballets, and also did the choreography for numerous films like Logan's Run, Our Man Flint, Fantastic Voyage and Warren Beatty's Reds. He presently teaches classes at the MIMODA studio in Hollywood while finishing his novel to be published in late spring of 2011.
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What other events are in the works?
Fall 2010 Calendar of Modjeska Club Events in Los Angeles
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We also note the efforts of our friends, promoting Polish culture in California:
August 13-14: "Modjeska! The Artists Dream" - Play about Helena Modjeska, performed by Ewa Boryczko, Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano, CA www.helenamodjeska.com
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There are other projects and ideas that we are discussing, hearing about and sharing. We want to visit Modjeska's Arden in Orange County, her home in Laguna Niguel, and Ganna Walska's Lotusland. We want to go hiking and see historic homes in Los Angeles area and Southern California.
We want to meet at public spaces and private mansions, but most of all, we want to share our love of Polish art and culture!
Do you like our plans? Do you have something else in mind? For all suggestions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.