The piece will feature extracts from Lutosławski’s Dance Préludes, Musique Funèbre, Symphonie No 4, performed by Rambert Orchestraas well as some pop songs recorded in the 1950s by “Derwid”, Lutosławski’s pseudonym. Costumes are designed by Holly Waddington (who created costume designs for Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable at the Royal Ballet) and lighting by Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award-winner Jean Kalman.
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
The goal of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a state-funded cultural institution operating under its flagship brand Culture.pl, is to promote Poland and Polish culture abroad. Through the presentation of high-quality initiatives and events in the fields of art, music, and design, the Institute aspires to introduce an international audience to contemporary Polish culture. Adam Mickiewicz Institute has presented more than 5500 events, attracting an audience of more than 52.5 million across five continents.
The Polska Music programme actively supports performances of Polish classical music by renowned international artists worldwide, aiming to increase its popularity across the globe.
As well as initiating international stage productions and concerts, commissioning new work, and nurturing contemporary composers, Polska Music also promotes recordings, books and events. Polska Music has collaborated with a host of high-profile partners around the world, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bregenz Festival, Chandos Records, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klangforum Wien, Lincoln Center Festival, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Münchener Kammerorchester, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company, Royal Opera House, Sound and Music, Welsh National Opera and 59 Productions.
The Polska Music programme was launched in 2011 by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute – a national cultural institution aiming to strengthen Polish cultural impact and to benefit international cultural exchange.
Rambert is the UK’s leading contemporary dance company. From its home on London’s South Bank, it tours new creations and seminal historic works throughout the UK and internationally, and is widely celebrated for the quality of its dancers and the ambition of its productions. Recent repertoire includes new works by Mark Baldwin, Kim Brandstrup, Ben Duke, Andonis Foniadakis, Aletta Collins, Lucy Guerin and Shobana Jeyasingh, together with revivals of works by Christopher Bruce, Lucinda Childs, Merce Cunningham and Siobhan Davies.
Witold Lutosławski (1913 – 1994) was the pre-eminent Polish composer of his generation, and is acknowledged as one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Characterised by longlined melodies and distinctive harmonies, his compositions bridge the neo-classical and the Avant Garde.