OSKAR KOLBERG FOLK DANCERS

KOLBERG DANCERS


OSKAR KOLBERG POLISH DANCERS IN 1984 - 30TH JUBILEE OF THE FOUNDING OF THE GROUP

PROGRAMME NOTES FROM PERFORMANCE AT HAMMERSMITH TOWN HALL 1ST MARCH 1964

"OSKAR KOLBERG (1814 -1890) was a Polish ethnographer and composer, author of "Piesni Ludu Polskiego" (Polish Folk Songs) and a monumental 40 volume work "Lud" (The Polish Folk) on the traditions and customs, costume,rituals, songs and dances of nearly all regions of Poland.

To commemorate Oskar Kolberg's work and achievements a Polish Dancing Group adopted the name OSKAR KOLBERG POLISH DANCERS. This group of Polish young people organised themselves on 23rd September 1953 with the aim of learning and performing the Polish folk dances in an artistic way, yet based entirely on the pure folklore form, rejecting any ballet-like stylishness of the dances, costumes and music.

In the course of the ten years of its existence the group has reached over 130 membership figure and given over 120 performances in London and the Provinces, both for the Polish and general public, and including participation in serious concerts, festivals and television appearances.

They were helped first by Irena Karpinska, ethnographer and author of a book on Polish national costumes, joined by Zbigniew Gedl, pianist, composer and conductor, and later on by Barbara Duleba. Olga Zeromsak a well-known choreographer and folk dancing lecturer, is the group's choreographer and artistic director from the very beginning of its coming into existence. It is in co-operation with the group and thanks top the many experiences it provided her with, that she recently completed her 220 page book "Polskie Tance Narodowe i Regionalne" (Polish Dance - National and Regional) Pub. Alma Books Ltd (London 1962) describing 91 dances and being refered to by some of the critics as "the modern encyclopedia of Polish Dances". The Oskar Kolberg Group is to a great extent composed of university students. The eagerness and enthusiasm of its members has been a tremendous help in the development and work of the group."

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Kolberg in mid 50s at St. Gregory's Ealing Kolberg in mid 50s at St. Gregory's Ealing Kolberg in mid 50s at St. Gregory's Ealing DESCRIPTION DESCRIPTION Nativity Play- Jaselka- Kolberg with Pro Arte Theatre Group
Janek Teraszkiewicz and Andrzej Blonski in full leap kolberg8 kolberg 9 Marysia Raczkowna, Andrzej Jaworski, Roger Scazighino, Bogusia Gas, Marek Sikorski, Hania Kulik kolberg11 Zbyszek Gedl, Olga Zeromska, ?, Andrzej Jaworski presenting flowers
Zbyszek Siemaszkiewicz, Genek Wojtowicz, Marek Sikorski kolberg14 kolberg15 kolberg16 kolberg17 kolberg18
kolberg19 kolberg20 kolberg21 kolberg22 kolberg23 kolberg24
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