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September 30, 2013   
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Cracow’s Stary Theater is organizing a series of events in October dedicated to famous 19th-century Polish actress Helena Modrzejewska, who chiefly performed in America and Britain, where she was known as Helena Modjeska.

The actress was born Oct. 12, 1840, and specialized in Shakespearean and tragic roles. She fascinated viewers with her acting talent as well as her beauty and grace. She was also influential in shaping the literary and esthetic tastes of both European and American audiences. As a public figure, she championed the independence of Poland in an era when the country had been partitioned by occupying foreign powers. She was also an advocate for the independence of other nations and the professional and social equality of women.

The Stary Theater project, entitled Modjeska Now/Modrzejewska dzisiaj, aims to highlight the lasting value of her work and ideas as an artist. The project involves an array of performances, shows, concerts, exhibitions, and “literary dialogues” organized together with Warsaw’s Wilanów Palace Museum and the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Visitors will be able to see an exhibition of Modjeska’s costumes reconstructed by young Warsaw fashion designers. The exhibition is open Oct. 12-15 and Oct. 20-26.

In other highlights, a workshop on fashion from the days of Helena Modjeska will be held Oct. 22 and a film titled Modjeska - Woman Triumphant—directed by Basia Myszynski—will be screened Oct. 24. There will also be a special workshop for children, entitled Helena Modjeska’s Dolls, Oct. 26.

For a detailed list of events, go to www.stary.pl or www.cyfrowemuzeum.stary.pl
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