A little bit about Karolinka
Karolinka is an internationally acclaimed Polish Folk Song and Dance Company, formed of three groups and over 80 performing individuals. Karolinka is not just a song and dance company; it’s not just a hobby. We are passionate about dancing, singing, performing and conveying the incredibly fun and entertaining way of a polish party!
Karolinka is part of the fabric of our lives, it’s in our hearts and in our souls and we believe that this passion is demonstrated through our performances. Our desire is to celebrate Polish cultural heritage and convey its authenticity, which remains at the forefront of our aims. These ideals are wholeheartedly conveyed to successive generations of Polish dancers who passionately embrace song and dance.
A distinct cultural aspect of Polish history is the song and dance, which accompanied everyday events and annual festivities. It was this that caught the imagination of a group of teenagers from the Brockley-Lewisham Parish, and in the 1970s, they formed a Polish dancing group. Karolinka was accordingly established in 1978, under the guidance of Maura Kutereba and Jerzy Pockert and took its name from a popular song from the Silesian region of Poland. Karolinka made its debut in Poland in 1991, in the new Post Communist era and successive trips to Poland followed, cementing friendships with other Folklore groups from all over the world. Maura’s daughter, Jolanta Kutereba was already producing major pieces of choreography in the mid 1990’s and subsequently took over the coaching of the adult group; standards of professionalism continued to rise.
Artistic Director and Choreographer
Days of Poland Festival 2017 juz wkrotce!
Jedzą, piją, lulki palą,
Tańce, hulanka, swawola;
Ledwie karczmy nie rozwalą,
Cha cha, chi chi, hejza, hola!
A. Mickiewicz, Ballada, Pani Twardowska
Czyli: bigos, slonce (miejmy nadzieje!), muzyka, pierogi, tance, spiew, polskie piwo i Karolinka! Innymi slowy, wymarzona kombinacja na niedzielne popoludnie.
30-ego kwietnia, 13:00 -18:00, Potters Field Park (przy Tower Bridge) – a kto z nami nie wy…szaleje sie niech sie pod stol skryje! Wstep wolny, prosimy jedynie o trzymanie kciukow, jesli chodzi o pogode.