Invited guests


PAULINA POLICZKIEWICZ-WOŹNIAK & JAN WOŹNIAK Photograph

Paulina and Janek are an experienced couple of instructors from Warsaw, who belong to the Argentinean Tango Academy. They have been teaching tango for many years. They conduct classes and workshops in many different cities all over Poland. At the same time, they constantly keep on developing their skills, while learning from foreign instructors. They have also been to Buenos Aires. Furthermore, they took part in prestigious tango shows. It is them, who cast the grain of Argentinean tango in Cracow. They dance in the "milonguero" and "salon" style, interpreting the music in a beautiful manner and creating their own "inner" world in the dance.
More informations about them:
www.tangolada.pl


JOST BUDDE Photograph

teacher from Düsseldorf. He belongs to the pioneers of Argentinean tango in Europe. He started to dance tango in the middle of the eighties and teaches now mostly in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he organizes every year an International Tango Festival. He traveled a lot to Buenos Aires and learned from many different teachers and from many many long nights at the milongas of Buenos Aires.
He teaches different styles from Milonguero in close embrace to open Salon Style or Neotango. Allways starting from basic structures, there are a lot of exercises in his clases to understand the logic and system of tango. He says: "to dance comfortable both have to feel comfotable in your body and your movements".
Allthough there is a lot of laughing in his clases, Jost demands a lot of concetration...
More informations about him:
www.tango-de-buenos-aires.de/

JURGEN PICHLER Photograph

teacher from Vienna. He started his dance-adventure over 25 years ago, learning among others modern-, jazz-, step- and folkdance, as well as ballet. This comprehensive interest in dancing has lead him to Argentinean Tango, which he "discovered" while being in USA.
Jürgen´s most important teacher of argentine tango to this day still remains Alicia Cruzado who was influential in instilling that it is calmness that enriches and elegance that transponds the dance to the outside and makes tango a personal experience.
Since his marked return onto the Austrian tango scene some three years ago, Jürgen has had a profound impact on the local tango community, changing some longstanding misperceptions on how tango should be organised. Recently in Vienna, he has succeded in leaving a legacy of a newfound appreciation for argentine tango being responsible for organising the currently largest Milonga in Vienna (TangoBar).
Jürgen is of the generation of wild young dancers combining old elements with new patterns and encouraging the dancers not to dance someone elses choreography but to experiment and improvise. He says: "the focus in my work teaching argentine tango is musicality and to develop dynamic movement patterns helping the students discover their individual strengths as well as pinpointing weaknesses in the dancers abilities".
More informations about him:
www.tango-vienna.at

TRIO REVIRADO
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Wiesław Prządka - bandoneon, accordion
Marek Piątek - guitar
Grzegorz Frankowski - contrabass

The band was created in Cracow in 1995. The contrabass player Grzegorz Frankowski, a graduate of the Cracow Music Academy, who is at the moment playing in the orchestra Capella Cracoviensis, is the founder and leader of the band. As a true enthusiast of tango and of the tone of music of Astor Piazzolla, at numerous occasions he has performed and recorded his music - also together with Argentinean musicians.
The composition of REVIRADO evolved in time. In the present one, the musicians, together with the orchestra Allegro di Vita, recorded the disc "Regreso al Sur", emitted in 2002 by DUX.
The compilation of performers of very different musical orientations in one band gives a possibility of a natural synthesis of diverse styles and genres of music. It is in the art of Astor Piazzolla that the musicians of REVIRADO have found the most complete realisation of such a synthesis. As the characteristic genre "tango nuevo", which was created by him, is determined by three fundamental styles of music: tango, jazz and European classical music. This combination was subject to creation over the years. It gave birth to such compositions where all the elements intermingle with each other. This was possible only as a consequence of the constant artistic search of Astor Piazzolla and his contact with the representatives of the three mentioned genres of music.
The enlargement of the composition of the band gave a possibility to present the "new mussette" style, created by the accordion player Richard Galliano. His compositions link to jazz and French folk music.
Repeatedly, the band performed under the auspices of the Embassy of the Argentinean Republic. In the plebiscite of "Gazeta Wyborcza" the performances of TRIO REVIRADO have been nominated to "Parada 2000", as a candidate for the greatest cultural event of the year 2001.
In the program of the concert the compositions of Astor Piazzolla and Richard Galliano may be found.
For more information about the musicians see the websites:
www.frankowski.art.pl
www.wieslawprzadka.art.pl


TANGUEROS BALTICOS

Marcin Krzyżanowski - accordion
Maciej Pakuła - contrabass
Andrzej Wojciechowski - clarinet
Paweł Zawada - forte-piano

"Tangueros Balticos" is a Baltic band of performers and admirers of Argentinean tango. It was created in the year of 2004 on an initiative of the violinist Przemysław Treszczotka. In the course of his cooperation with the pianist Paweł Zawada, the style of the band and main direction of musical pursue of its members have been solidified, as well as new adaptations of classical tangos and ones composed by Astor Piazzolla have been created. The band performs Argentinean, as well as Polish tangos, compositions of Astor Piazzolla, milongas and French waltzes. It is in cooperation with professional vocalists and dancers.
The musicians of the band have found their greatest inspiration in the art of such composers as Anibal Troilo, Florindo Sassone, Carlos di Sarli, Roberto Goyeneche, Maria Grana, Jerzy Petersburski, Mieczysław Fogg - thus, of the artists, whose names and compositions slowly fall into oblivion. For "Tangueros Balticos" it is the most important legacy that this generation left us. They want to bring it back its splendour.
The band has gained the hearts of the experts and admirers of tango in Poland. The concerts and live-music during milongas, performed by it in different tango clubs in, among others, Gdańsk, Sopot, Katowice, have played a significant role in order to achieve that. The members of the band also learn to dance tango, as they say "only in such manner may one understand the essence of that music."
During the festival we are honoured to welcome them in Cracow for the first time.


EWA STALA

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Ph.D. in the Humanities at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Romance Philology Institute, Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She has been interested in tango for many years and is an author of articles on that subject and a translator of texts relating to tango, as well as of the book "A manera de memorias" - an interview with the famous composer Astor Piazzolla. Feeling at home in Buenos Aires, she goes there whenever she can.
In Cracow, she gives lectures on Spanish language on the Jagiellonian University and is occupied with academic work. Recently, she took up dancing tango, and at times she dedicates to singing it. She belongs to the group of people devoted to Argentinean tango "TerazTango".


STANISłAW MARKOWSKI

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A photographer, documentalist and admirer of Argentinean tango.
A performer of photography of fact; an author of inter alia photographs of the events, which took place in the Gdańsk shipyard in 1980, of the demonstrations which occurred after the introduction of the martial law in Poland, of the burial of the priest Jerzy Popiełuszko, of the visit of the pope John Paul II, as well as the author of photograph albums dedicated to Polish tradition, castles and manor houses in Poland, monumental wooden churches and the Kraków-Częstochowa Highland, which were repeatedly acknowledged as the most beautiful books of the year by the Polish Book Publishers Society.
The winner of the Prize of Eugeniusz Lokajski (the photographer of the Warsaw Uprising) awarded by the Independent Journalists Association (1988). Awarded with the Jan Bułhak medal by the Polish Art Photographers Union (ZPAF) for his outstanding achievements within the field of photography (1997). In 2003 his accomplishments have been recognized by the Prize awarded in the domain of culture by the President of the City of Częstochowa. Additionally, in December 1998 a movie "Stworzyć wiatr" (directed by Maciej Malec) on his works has been shown in the Polish Television as a part of the series "Czas na dokument".
In recent years, he has devoted to photographing Tango in different cities of Poland, Europe and obviously ... in Buenos Aires.


GRZEGORZ ZIEMIAŃSKI

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Grzegorz Ziemiański belongs to a younger generation of photographers. He made his debut in 2005 with the exhibition "Moja Nowa Huta", and formerly took part in a few joint expositions in Cracow and Oświęcim. He is a graduate of a Photography Study under the auspices of the Cracow Polytechnic School. He collaborates in the preparation of the weekly journal "Głos - Tygodnik Nowohucki", the web portal "Nowa Huta Non Stop", the journal "Goniec Ilustrowany" and the journal "Lodołamacz - pismo ludzi walczących", emited by the Łaźnia Nowa theatre. In internet, his own authorial project may be found - a first photoblog in Nowa Huta: www.nowahuta.blox.pl
His photographic adventure with tango has begun by accident, while in cooperation with C.K. Norwid Cultural Centre. It will be possible to see the effects of this cooperation at the exhibition "Cracow Tango 2006" - they are extraordinary ... we suspect that a new passion might be arising in Grzegorz...