Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Polish Folk Dance Sensation MAZOWSZE Performs Holiday Program at the Kimmel Center, Nov. 14

OCTOBER 19, 2010

“There’s nothing more magnificent than Mazowsze”

—New York Times


“It’s more than a great festival of music and dance.  It’s a great, colorful story of Polish folk culture….”

—Morning Star, London


Polish Folk dance sensation Mazowsze returns to Philadelphia to perform at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 3pm, as part of their North American tour.  The ensemble of more than 85 dancers, musicians, and singers evoke the musical traditions of more than 39 regions in Poland with breathtaking choreography, musical arrangements and an assortment of handmade costumes.  Mazowsze will perform a holiday-inspired program entitled Christmas Time in Warsaw.


Prior to the Mazowsze ticketed performance, the P.K.M Polish Folk Dancers will perform at the Commonwealth Plaza stage on November 14 at 1:30pm, as part of the Free at the Kimmel series.  The group consists of high school, college, graduate students and alumni who promote Polish heritage dances through public performances.


Tickets for Mazowsze are $30 to $65 and available by phone at 215-893-1999, online at, or in person at the Kimmel Center box office (open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings). Additional fees may apply.


Mazowsze was founded in 1948 by Professor Tadeusz Sygietynski, an eminent composer and a folklore aficionado, who collaborated with his wife /actress Mira Zimińska-Sygietynska, to preserve Poland’s cultural dance traditions. Mazowsze’s repertoire includes pieces from 40 ethnographical regions as well as new, long forgotten religious and patriotic songs. The world renowned dance group has provided nearly 6,000 performances both in Poland and 49 other countries.  The group continues to grow and develop a rich repertoire that conveys the warmth and beauty of many parts of Poland.  Mazowsze draws inspiration from various historically significant areas, most importantly the Mazovian region but also Malopolska, Pomorze, Wielkopolska, the Silesia and Podhale.  For Polish people living outside the country, Mazowsze has provided a connection to the motherland; for many others, it has served as a first and positive contact with Polish culture. Mira Zimińska-Sygietynska continued the dance company after her husband’s death.  She received the title of Woman of the Century awarded by the Polish Radio, a confirmation of her success and 40+ years of dedication to her art.


At home and abroad, Mazowsze’s folk art still “unites people, brings down all boundaries and fills hearts with understanding” La Prenca 

Kimmel Center, Inc., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center.  Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and the University of the Arts’ Merriam Theater. Our mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. The 2010/2011 season is sponsored by Citi, and the Broadway 2010/2011 season is sponsored by Verizon, and American Airlines.  For additional information, visit 


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