Leszek Mądzik performance

“Melting pot”

05. 11. 2008 – Wednesday
7pm and 8.30pm
OPUS, ul. Łąkowa 29

photo. Sylwester Adamczyk

About Christian Culture Festival

Christian Culture Festival was organized for the first time in 1997 on 10th Anniversary of the Logos Theatre. In a sense, it extends the idea of Christian Culture Weeks organized in Poland in 70s and 80s of the last century, which were to become counterpoise to lay media model promoted by the State. Lodz Christian Culture Days were organized in churches all around the city, so as to accommodate the artists, spectacles, exhibitions and projections.

One of such places was the John Paul lecture theatre in the vault of the Assumption of Holy Mother Church in Kościelna Street. This is where the Logos Theatre started, before it was moved to the church in Maria Skłodowska-Curie. It was this church that Archbishop Władysław Ziółek gave to the Lodz artists in 1993, and in which the Centre of Creative Communities’ of Lodz Archdiocese was appointed. It is here that the ‘logistic’ centre of the Festival is located, and where some of the Festival events take place.

Traditionally, the Festival takes place in November, on the first Sunday after All Soul’s Day. It usually lasts for two weeks, during which various event take place – spectacle premiers, other theatres come to Lodz, there are exhibitions of invited artists, performances of choirs and musicians, very often not to be seen anywhere else in Poland at any other time. The Festival programme is the result of the whole year’s work of rev. Waldemar Sondka, the Festival Director, who – using his contacts – invites artists who are interesting, out of the ordinary, noteworthy and creating art perhaps not always religious, but always searching and at the highest level. Care for the level of the Festival offers is a permanent rule, the Logos environment has always wished to provide the Lodz citizens with the possibility of contact with art deprived of parochialism, open to the man and as perfect formally as possible.

The Festival is not an activity that brings profit. Any entrance cards are issued as invitations that are free of charge, and the team of the Logos Theatre and all the people engaged in the Festival organization, act as volunteers. This does not mean that Christian Culture Festival costs nothing. On the contrary, to organize such a cultural event at appropriate level is always connected with costs. Rev. Waldemar Sondka deals with organizing means to secure the Festival events all year round. He manages to gain sponsors (without whom the Festival would not exist) and subsidies from institutions that deal with funding culture (without which the Festival could not develop). All that in order to realize the basic idea of the event that derived from the Lodz Christian Culture Days – to enable anyone who wishes and needs that, to live the Mystery through art. This idea assumes a free of charge participation in all the artistic events, which has been the case since the very beginning of the Festival until today, the only condition is that on the day of the Festival opening, one must queue as long as it takes to get invitations. The only limit to the number of invitations is the capacity of rooms in which the events are organized every day throughout the two weeks of the Festival.



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Leszek Mądzik about spectacle

The greatest virtue is often deeply hidden. Getting through to it causes a lot of trouble. It exists under the many layers. It is difficult to reach it. These virtues that are given to us cannot emerge. We cannot see them straight away. And the time either helps us to it or cloaks it with the shell of indifference. It realizes its aims in various ways, losing or bringing out the good that is inside us. Seemingly insensitive, or even hostile attitude in which we are immersed creating the evil image, may melt down if only the passing time is filled with faith and anticipation that is the basis of trust in another human being. Opening to one another softens the layers of indifference. The foundation of our nature is the precious ore burnt in the melting pot of truth that touches our sacred parts. Religion brings out the Good in us and opens us to it. Reality is cruel and dangerous, though, it wants to put out that fervour of love, burn it to the end, thus making us stand up to ourselves. It makes us walk away from the good thoughts, from each other, it even has the power to destroy. That’s why it desires to reach our inner Good, to tear us off those layers of aloofness, becomes the chance to save a man.

Leszek Mądzik

Born in 1945 in Bartoszowiny in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains. Studied at KUL, received the MA at the Theatre Academy of Zelwerowicz in Białystok, and the PhD at the Arts Academy of Warsaw. He established the KUL Scena Plastyczna in 1969. Since then he has produced several premieres, e.g. Ecce homo in 1970, The Supper in 1972, Icarus in 1974, The Herbal Book in 1978, The Shore in 1983, The Gate in 1989, The Breath in 1992, The Crack in 1994, The Mourning in 1997, He Walks Away in 2003, The Furrow in 2005. His theatre took part in over fifty international festivals, bringing back rewards and honours (e.g. critics’ prize for The Damp at the festival in Cairo; prize for direction, stage design and theatre technique for The Herbal Book at the festival in Japan; special reward at the Theatre Festival in the USA; honours at the World Exhibition of Stage Design Prague Quadriennale in Prague). He is the author of many stage design projects at the Polish, Portuguese, French and German theatres. He has run classes with students invited by universities and art schools, i.e. in Helsinki, Berlin, Amsterdam, Washington, San Francisco, Bonn, Hamburg, Lyon, Prague, Buffalo, Rennes, Dublin, Riga, Poznań. In 1997 he directed his own play Tie for the Polish TV. He is a member of Polish Photographers Association. His works were presented at Galeria Krytyków “Pokaz” in Warsaw, at the Gallery of Polish Institute in Vienna, at the UNESCO Centre in Beirut, at the Opera Gallery in Cairo, at the Centre of Japanese Maaga Art and Technology in Kraków, at the Lublin Museum, at the Gallery of Catholic University of Santiago de Chile, at Theater-Cai in Tokyo, at the National Museum in Wrocław, at The Saddlery Gallery in Edmonton in Canada, at the Theatre Museum in Warsaw. In 1986 he established a KUL Scena Plastyczna, in which many exhibitions of renowned Polish artists were presented. He is the creator of Sacred Modern Art Museum in Kielce, the author of numerous posters and book graphics. The laureate of many rewards and honours (e.g. Bachelor's Cross of the Revival of Poland, Golden Cross of Virtue, Silver “Gloria Artis” Medal, Totus special honours).

Włodzimierz Kuca

A dancer, a professional dance teacher and a choreographer, the creator and founder of Academic Dance Theatre operating till 2007 under the auspices of Politechnika Częstochowska — now known as DANCE THEATRE. The director and teacher of choreography for such spectacles as: The Zoo Station, Phoenix, Dracula, Which Way the Wind Blows the Grass (dance performance for the children) and Apocalypse. In Gazeta Wyborcza plebiscite, his performance The Zoo Station received the title of Event of the Year in 2001, and he became The Author of the Year. For many years, together with his wife, Beata Sobczak-Kuca, he has been taking part in many tournaments, competitions and Grand Prix of Professional Dance Couples both in Poland and abroad. He participated in dance conventions, training sessions and seminars organized by renowned choreographers from Poland and abroad. He is a member of Polish Dance Association, Polish Dance Federation and Polish Professional Dance Association. He is the Vice-Chairman of Polish Freestyle Dance Association and a Freestyle Judge. He is the organizer of national dance events, such as Polish Academic Dance Tournament, Polish Show Dance Championships, National Polish Internationale Dance Organization Hip-Hop and Electric Boogie. He prepares choreography for fitness competitors, e.g. Elżbieta Borecka-Brzóska, Polish and European Fitness Champion, he prepares choreography for cultural events and stage movement for theatre performances. He co-operates with Teatr Dramatyczny of A. Mickiewicz in Częstochowa, Gaude Mater Culture Promotion Centre and other cultural institutions from Częstochowa and the region of Śląsk.