"Polski Blues" kicks off with press conferenceMarch 1, 2011
After an eventful start to the run of Romeo and Juliet performances—which sadly saw the Premiere cancelled after 7 minutes due a breakdown of the main stage elevator—Alexander Shelley begins March with a return to Copenhagen for his third performance of Gounod’s opera and the following day travels on to Bremen where he will take part in a press conference and hold a workshop for some of the students involved in the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie’s latest Zukunftslabor project “Polski Blues”. The project, which takes place in the first week of May, will combine works by Andrzej Panufnik, Stanisław Moniuszko and newly commissioned intermezzi, to accompany a piece of music theatre based on the novel “Polski Blues” by German author Janosch. The Polish soprano Jacek Laszczkowski will join Alexander Shelley, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the students of the Gesamtschule Ost for the latest in the a series of ambitious and diverse productions which have included “Afrika Kommt” (exploring the music, dance and theatre of Africa) and Faust 2 (a brand-new opera by Karsten Gundermann tracing Goethe’s second book of Faust, which was performed by hundreds of children from the Gesamtschule Ost in the heart of the town). View excerpts from Faust 2 on Youtube here and a news report on the project here.