A fusion of jazz and classical Japanese court music performed by first-rate musicians.
In the Jazztopad Festival 2016, a group of the top Japanese artists will join. They define the improvised and traditional scene and reach deeper into the nooks and crannies of the Japanese sounds. The artists are to be presented at the National Forum of Music – a new top-notch concert hall, that has been recently opened. The project will be presented in the framework of European Capitol of Culture. The program will consist of two major concerts plus several smaller ones, all at NFM and private living-rooms, as well as of some workshops. This programme intends to create long lasting creative synergies between Polish and Japanese artists that will result in long-term collaboration for the future.
24-27 Nov. 2016
National Forum of Music (NFM)
●Traditional Japan Concert
Date：24 Nov. 2016
Venue: National Forum of Music
Artisit: Ko Ishikawa (sho), Koichi Makigami (voice), Michiyo Yagi (koto),
A floral feast by Japanese musicians, both established masters and young talent.
Organized since 2002 in Wroclaw International Clarinet Festival, CLARIMANIA covers a wide range of artistic and educational projects dedicated to woodwind instruments. Last year’s special Czech Day was a great success and this year we had the privilege to present the Japan Day in cooperation with Japan clarinet association, filled with Japanese music, performed by Japanese artists. The most acknowledged Japanese clarinetists of the older generation and the younger ones delighted Clarimania’s public and international participants with their performances. The guest star of the evening concert was Yoshinobu Kamei – Tokyo Music College professor, whose performance was highly impressive. The afternoon performance of Anna Hashimoto was another highlight of the day – a young, virtuoso player with refined style and a well chosen, delightful program brought the Wrocław Conservatory Concert Hall down. The public appreciated the artists’ level, presented works as well as the repertoire diversity. Japan Day at Clarimania 2016 provided exceptional impressions and unforgettable memories for all the public and musicians participating in the festival.
The Theater Olympics launched in the year of the Athens Olympics with the aim of international exchange in the performing arts. Performance of Greek tragedy by Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) led by co-founder Tadashi Suzuki.
Ever since we planned to organize Theatre Olympics, we knew there could not have been a better opening for this event, as The Trojan Women by Tadashi Suzuki and Suzuki Company of Toga. The perfection, the precision and the accuracy of performing the performance were the ideal start for the Festival. We – the organizers, the audience, the participants were absolutely honoured to host the Japan theatre emperor in Wrocław. Everything that we were able to see and feel, happened to make us become the witnesses of greatness. The first performance in the Main Programme of Theatre Olympics World as a Place of Truth will stay for a very long time in the memory of Wrocław’s spectators and will be written in the history of European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 as an extraordinary achievement of theatre event.
The participants of workshops and meeting were able to learn the main meaning of Tadashi Susuzki’s work. The tradition and the history of Japanese theatre met with the European audience, who had this amazing opportunity to study the importance of something special and something absolutely unique.
Written by Sabina Majcher
14-16 Oct. 2016
Institute of Power Systems Automation
Participants from Japan:
SCOT Company directed by Tadashi Suzuki
● CONVERSATION - Globalisation and the Theatre’s Mission
Date: 16 Oct. 2016
Venue: Wrocław Puppet Theatre
Participants: Tadashi Suzuki, chaired by Henryk Lipszyc
● Workshop - Culture is the Body
Date: 15-16 Oct. 2016
Venue: Capitol Music Theatre
Participants: Tadashi Suzuki, Kameron Steele
Noh performance of work by Polish author.
Noh performances of classical pieces and new work incorporating requiem for the dead.
In 2016 the City of Wroclaw will become the European Capital of Culture. One of its most important events is going to be the 7th Theatre Olympics. The festival, “The World as a Place of Truth” will take place from 14 October to 13 November 2016. Its programme will feature productions of some of the world's greatest theatre makers, who will be presented alongside festivals such as the Lower Silesian Theatre Platform, Dziady.Recycling Festival, Eastern Line, Polish Theatre Showcase, and More Than Theatre. The programme will include performances, retrospectives, discussions, symposiums and conferences with many acclaimed theatre practitioners and researchers. The Japanese theatre company, Tessenkai Theatre will present its two productions as a highlight of the program of the festival.
4-5 Nov. 2016
The Center for Performing and Visual Arts
Participants from Japan:
“Chinkon/Repose of Souls” (The Japanese-Polish Noh production), “Kiyotsune”
●The programme of TESSENKAI Theatre’s visit in Poland includes
a special memorial-homage event at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial
and Museum planned for the ALL Souls Day
Date: 31 Oct. – 1 Nov. 2016
Venue: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum/ Oswiecim
Creation by young artists from Japan and Poland on the theme “Two Sticks”
Main outcome of the program was a wide range presentation of Japanese contemporary drawing attitudes and confrontation with Polish artists approach. Contacts and cooperation between Poland and Japan has been developed. There are plans for further cooperation according to Drawing Center, which is going to be established in Wrocław and Tokyo. Wrocław’s audience had chance to see interesting and fresh view on contemporary drawing installations located in specific gothic space, which is inspiring for Japanese artists. Participation of Sadaharu Horio, his live-performance with audience engagement has brought, together with Gutai documentary movie projection, deeper insight into Japanese avant-garde. All events of the program attracted a large number of visitors, who were declaring to see outstanding art in beautiful and demanding venues. A large catalog with rich content will be published in June 2016.
3 Dec. 2015 – 7 Feb. 2016
The Museum of Architecture in Wrocław, National Museum, BARBARA,