Here we see the 43rd Polish Debutante Ball in May, where we celebrated 50 years of Polish Debutante balls in Victoria, 1966 – 2016. It is an achievement, and not equaled by any other state in Australia. Congratulations to the debutantes!
within the twinkling of an eye, disappeared!
during the Introduction of the Groups
Fifteen folkloric Groups from every state in Australia, and from New Zealand. Kujawy (Sydney), Kukułeczka (Perth), Lajkonik (Sydney), Łowicz (Melbourne), Lublin (Wellington, NZ), Oberek (Hobart), Obertas (Brisbane), Orlęta (Wellington, NZ), Podhale (Sydney), Polonez (Melbourne), Polonus (Christchurch, NZ), Syrenka (Sydney), Tatry (Adelaide), Wawel (Wollongong), Wisła (Brisbane).
Some of the innovations included the introduction of the Legacy awards, in which those performers who had participated in over 6 PolArts were recognized in a special ceremony, surprisingly about 10% of participants, and, a Children’s Day.
The Folkloric component included 4 major events, the artistic program for the Opening day at Federation square, and three folkloric concerts at the Drum theatre, Dandenong,Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds and Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.
Please enjoy the photos.
Polonez recently performed at the President’s Ball, Polish Community Council of Victoria, at Dom Syrena, Rowville. Various distinguished guests, including the leader of the opposition, Matthew Guy, the local member of Parlt were present. Representatives of various ethnic groups including the Jewish and Hungarian groups were also in attendance. Polonez performed Nowy Sacz much to the crowds delight.
Thank you to everyone who made them so successful and such an inspiring memory of the Polonez 50th Anniversary Concert.
Six sections of Polonez came together as one to produce such a wonderful and unique occasion, Mały, Średni, Duży, Złote Dorotki, Złoty Polonez and the Kapela. Thank you Helenka, Zosia and Jurek!
Thank you to the Zloty Polonez contingent, who came together to celebrate with us, it was great fun, many aching muscles, corny jokes but well worthwhile. You are always welcome back Beata, Grazyna, Irena, Jennifer, Joasia, Lily, Sarah, Scarlett, Wanda, Andrew, Andrew, Joe, Sal and Tom. There was some serious dancing there.
Thank you also to the Polonez alumni who came to the concerts, it was touching to see so many well known faces and very much appreciated knowing you were in the audience.
Polonez 50th Anniversary concert is not far away now! We our proud to be hosting not one but two events to celebrate this milestone in Polonez history. Clock Tower Centre Moonee Ponds, Melbourne.
Gala concert, Saturday 18th April, 2015, 7.00pm
Family concert, Sunday 19th April, 2015, 3.00pm
Tickets on sale now or contact the centre directly on (03) 9 243 9191.
Tickets start from $16 for children to $25 for adults.
Last weekend Polonez Melbourne performed at the 10th annual Polish Festival at Federation Square 2014. This was the 10th time Polonez had performed at the festival and has seen it grown each year. This time the group welcome a number of interstate and internal groups including:
- Kujawy (Sydney)
- Lowicz (Melbourne)
- Wisla (Brisbane)
- Syrenka (Sydney)
- Oberek (Hobart)
- Istebna (Poland)
Polonez danced at the official opening of the festival with a Polka Sieradzka leading into a Nowy Sącz.This was follows up with the boys dancing their Arkan follows by a girls with a special version of Huculka. Mixed in with our younger dancers and vocalists.
Photos provided by Irene Kutypa.
In 2015, Polonez Song and Dance Ensemble will celebrate its golden anniversary, showcasing 50 years of folkloric dancing in Melbourne. Two anniversary concerts will be held, one in the evening of Saturday 18th April, and the other on the afternoon of Sunday 19th April 2015 at the Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne.
Tickets will be available through The Clocktower Centre from March 2015. Visit www.clocktower.com.au or call 03 9243 9191
Polonez recently was invited to perform at the Polart 2015 Fundraising Dinner. The event held at the Polish club Albion with all proceeds going towards the funding of the up coming 2015 Polart Festival to be held in Melbourne. Polonez performed to a full house of patrons with a dance from the Podlaski region.