Czesław Miłosz

2011 is the year of Miłosz – celebrating 100 years since his birth.

Czesław Miłosz was born in Lithuania to Polish parents, survived WW2 in Warsaw, and then became Polish cultural attache in Paris for the new communist regime before defecting to the USA in 1960. He was a writer,  translator and teacher. His work was well-known in Poland although banned there until he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. In later life he returned to Poland and died in Krakow in 2004. There’s more info here about his life and works.

To be honest, I don’t know his work. Nonetheless I went to a performance at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes this week that was based around some of his poems. Violinst, Pawel Odorowicz, played live to 3D projections of Miłosz’s words and visualisations from VJ Robert Motyka. It was impressive but I would have enjoyed it more had I been able to see better – due to bad sightlines I missed some of the words and power of the projections. Still the violinist was excellent.

You can see a clip here:  Milosz in Living Pictures

And thanks to Aase for the photos – she was lucky and had a front row seat!

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~ by marysia on 18 November 2011.

One Response to “Czesław Miłosz”

  1. Witam, czy bylaby szansa dostać zdjęcia z naszgo spektaktaklu z Glenrothes, bo przyznam, ze zadnych nie mamy. Pozdrawiam i dziękuję za przyjście na spektakl. Robert Motyka

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