“MAZOWSZE” Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble
Named after the region of central Poland which inspired it, Masowsze was founded by Tadeusz Sygietynski. With the help of his actress-wife, Mira Zimiska-Sygietynska, he researched the region for folk dance melodies and costumes and developed an extensive repertoire that remains strong to this day. Today the ensemble utilizes over 1,200 authentic costumes carefully preserved for many decades.
Original musical instruments are also used, many made and used by local orchestras throughout Poland’s countryside.
Following a period of research, collection of costumes and instruments, and rehearsal, Masowsze presented its premiere performance in Warsaw’s Polish Theater in 1950. This debut was followed by historic initial appearances in Paris (1954) and in the U.S. (1960).
In 1955, Tadeusz Sygietynski’ death threatened the ensemble’s very existence, but Mira provided the strong leadership required to breathe new life into the group, which has gone on to present 6,000 performances in Poland and forty nine other countries.
Today Mazowsze is regarded as one of the world’s best known folk dance groups. Serving as an ambassador of the Polish culture, the ensemble brings with it a taste of the motherland to many Poles scattered throughout the world. It has been compared to a gem in the artistic crown of Poland. Its rich repertoire of music and dance, including Poland’s five national and many regional dances, delights audiences of all ages and nations.