Despite the rapid spread of the infection, about 30 people participated in the event and enjoyed the videos of the spectacle "Exodus" and the dance workshops.
第１部「シロンスク」より Part 1: From the "Śląsk" Ensemble, 15:00-16:10
Opening remarks: Atsushi Ando (President, Hokkaido-Poland Cultural Association) ズビグニェフ・チェルニャク（シロンスク舞踊団団長）Opening message: Zbigniew Cierniak (Director, Zespół Pieśni i Tańca "Śląsk" im. Stanisława Hadyny) [3:25]
2. スライドトーク「ポーランドの文化と社会」ラファウ・ジェプカ（協会事務局長）Slide Talk "Polish Culture and Society" Rafał Rzepka (Secretary General of the Association) [13:47]
3) 遠藤郁子「感動しました。」（代読:熊谷敬子） *2 Ikuko Endo "Impressed." (Keiko Kumagai: reading on behalf of the author)
Noriko Nagaya "Ode to 'Exodus'" (K. Kumagai: reading on behalf of the author; Yukie Wakamatsu: dance)
Chiyomaro Shimoda: Supporting performance for "Exodus"
Closing remarks: Chiyomaro Shimoda (Vice President of the Association)
◎聴衆の感想 Audience impressions
"Since I'm taking social dance lessons, it's easy to see how difficult it is to keep your arms level and dance, as shown in the workshops video." (Joe Murata)
"I was impressed with the "Exodus". The choreography of the workshop is technically very high, and it seems difficult for us to dance together." (a member of a fork dance group)
"I think "Exodus" is a wonderful work.
The explanations by Rafał Rzepka and Joe Murata were also appropriate.
Having this event after our Annual meeting was also a good decision to get a lot of participants.
Postponement was considered in terms of measures against coronavirus infection, but considering various circumstances, I think it was unavoidable to hold this day." (one of the stuff members)
"The spectacle "Exodus" by the "Śląsk" Ensemble is a wonderful dance performance.
This work reminded me of the life of the famous Polish Ainu researcher Bronisław Piłsudski. He was also sent to Sakhalin with a large number of exiles, and after various trials and decisions, he found his way as a friend and researcher of the Far Eastern minorities. Currently, his monument is built in Hokkaido, which is one of the important bonds between Hokkaido and Poland." (Atsushi Ando)
＿＿＿＿＿ *1 Rafał Rzepka: Impressions of "Exodus" - "From a Polish abroad"
Hi, my name is Rafal Rzepka.
After seeing the spectacle "Exodus" by the "Śląsk" Ensemble, it was a very moving performance for me, who had been learning to dance and act since elementary school.
The dance was wonderful, however I was most impressed by the story expressed in it. The word "Exodus" means that many people "escape." The reason I left the country (I have lived in Sapporo for over 20 years) is not so much as "escape," but as a journey to find out more about what I didn't know. I felt that my journey is expressed by this spectacle.
Leaving your home country, for whatever reason, leads to a variety of pains. Do you remember the "suitcase" scene? In Polish, there is an expression "like sitting on suitcases..." No matter how interesting it may be, it's hard not to have a place to live in the world. "My place to live in" does not mean a physical meaning, but a connection with people.
I am now 10,000 kilometers away from my parents' house. Life changes a lot depending on whether or not there are people who dance with you in a circle together. There are few Poles living in Sapporo. When I meet Poles in Japan, I often hear that "this country is not our country". However, I think that getting to know many Japanese people is the way to change "exodus" to "life".
I think that the performance of the "Śląsk" Ensemble has the power to inform the world of the feelings of Poles scattered all over the world. The number of Poles living in Poland is close to 40 million, but the number of Poles outside Poland exceeds 20 million. Poles in different countries of the world communicate with the locals in their respective places.
I think we are fortunate to have a wonderful organization called "Hokkaido-Poland Cultural Association" in Sapporo. There are various events, and they are warm to foreigners. I am deeply grateful to have been able to enrich communication with the local people.
Today's films also include nostalgic traditional dances. Thank you to everyone in the "Śląsk" Ensemble for lightening hearts of Poles who live in foreign countries.
*2 Ikuko Endo "Impressed."
"I was deeply impressed by watching the online performance of the "Śląsk" Ensemble. The history of Poland and "Exodus" overlapped, and I remembered the five years (from 1965) I spent in Poland when I was in my twenties.
Wojciech Kilar's music was overlaid with the music of the same Polish composer Henryk Górecki (a very Polish melody is repeated). I was convinced that Michał Zubkow, the choreographer, left a collaborative work with Mr. Górecki.
This melody was overlaid with the Polish folk song "Matulu moja (my mother)" that I heard a long time ago. And I thought of the Polish orphans rescued from Siberia.
The performance, choreography, music, lighting, camera work, everything was overwhelming with a high degree of perfection, and when the repeated melody echoed "Hallelujah (praise of God)", my eyes were hot.
I was impressed. Bravo!! Bravissimo!!!"