Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What's new in the 2010-2011 season?

On June 26, 2010, members of Helena Modjeska Polish Arts and Culture Club in Los Angeles gathered to elect the new President and Board of Directors for the 2010-2012 term. I am delighted to say that I was unanimously awarded the honor of leading the Club for the next two years.

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



the premiere of a ballet by STEFAN WENTA


The performance takes place
on August 6th, 2010 at 8:30PM
on 2580 Cahuenga Bld. East
Hollywood 90068

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

  • August 16-19: "Labyrinth" documentary about an Auschwitz prisoner and artist, Mr. Kolodziej, by Father Ron Schmidt, SJ, at ArcLight Theaters in Hollywood, exact times TBA (co-sponsored by Modjeska Club)

  • September 11, 6:30 p.m.: "Mickiewicz in Translation" with Prof. Roman Koropeckyj, UCLA, Mickiewicz scholar, and Prof. Leonard Kress, Owens College, Mickiewicz's translator; including film fragments. Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles

  • October 10, 6:00 p.m.: "An Evening of Polish Song" - with Marta Wryk, Soprano, at the South Pasadena Library Community Room, South Pasadena

  • October 26, TBA: "Polish Jazz at the Jazz Bakery" with Jan Jarczyk from Montreal, Darek Oleszkiewicz, and other musicians (co-sponsored by Modjeska Club)

  • November 20, TBA: "Kabaret Starszych Panow" performed by our friends, Polish Club from Riverside

  • December 11, 6:00 p.m.: "Christmas Party" (Modjeska Club Members Only Event)

  • January 22, 2011, 6:00 p.m.: "Travel to Tibet" by Maria and Edward Pilatowicz, screening of film and discussion at South Pasadena Public Library Community Auditorium

  • February 2011, TBA: "War Memoirs" with writers John Z. Guzlowski and Frank Zajaczkowski, and Terry Tegnazian, publisher of Aquila Polonica, South Pasadena Public Library Community Room

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    We also note the efforts of our friends, promoting Polish culture in California:

  • August 9, 5:30 p.m.: "Japan: Land of Geishas, Rising Sun, and Sumo Wrestlers" at Cedars Sinai Alumni Association, Program by Wanda Presburger, $15, Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Henry Morse Auditorium, Plaza Level, Los Angeles.

    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

  • September 12, 3:00 p.m.: "Chopin with Cherries" - Poetry Reading from an anthology edited by Maja Trochimczyk, with 14 American poets and Prof. Rick Wilson playing Chopin on the flute, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice, CA

  • October 15-21, TBA: "Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles" - exact program on the Festival's website.

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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 prezes@modjeska.org.

    Maja Trochimczyk
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