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Chopin: A Letter through the Parisian Years


Who is behind this?

Elina Akselrud


Who is joining forces?

Foundation of the United States


Friends of Chopin Australia

Fan d'Érard


Chopin à Nohant association

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Our age promotes a forgetfulness of the past, with its alluring new inventions that comes hand in hand with a recklessness only short of an unreflective machine. With my project “Chopin: A Letter through the Parisian years” I want to bring this issue to the audiences’ awareness. This interdisciplinary project is a research/performance piece about the Paris years of the composer Frédéric Chopin, relating to his art and legacy.
Demo Video:

Where will your idea take place?

Europe (not limited to any particular place, can be performed in any appropriate venue)

Why does Europe need your idea?

Discovering wider experiences with a deep purpose by expanding the historical, personal, and spiritual facts about the composer, who is the main cause of this work. This project should impel the society to look back towards the past and link it with the present, to ask themselves questions, to understand better the culture of Chopin’s time, but more so, his own persona and mind, in order to grasp the depth and charm of his music, to have a broader field for feelings, to feel, to live...

What is your impact?

If my project is selected, the public will become more attentive to the history, music, philosophy, ancestry, past, the purpose of humanity, their own self and a connection between these things. I want to encourage people to engage in art, as it is the most beautiful way for the soul to unfold. More art, less war in the world!

How do you get there?

This work will combine elements from at least three art genres: the solo piano performance of Chopin’s music; theatrical readings of his letters and poems of his contemporary poets; and photographs or short clips of Chopin’s Parisian life including his apartments and personal artefacts currently held by museums. I believe that a wise combination, which would include, but not be limited to these kinds of art can create a truly multifaceted, fulfilling result and bring the final performance to reality in its most historically accurate, vivid and brightest light. What is crucial for me is the essential knowledge and the inspiration that can be comprehended from this performance, since the audience leaving it in the end shall feel something more powerful than leaving a concert.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The audience of unlimited age, profession, and location. Art is created for every single person on the Planet Earth and every single person deserves to experience it.

What makes your idea stand apart?

A multifaceted professional performance by precisely-executed stylistic means will leave a truly unbelievable impact on the audience.Once I caught myself looking at very old photographs of France by Eugene Atget, (1st half of the 20th C.) while listening to a recording Chopin's Waltzes played by Rachmaninoff. I can definitely say that I will remember the outcome of this impression for the rest of my life. This experience highly motivated me to create unique combinations of various art genres.

€ 20000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 22000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Venue renting - €1000-3000, up to €10000 for several 3D projector to display the visuals - €1100 3D mapping, rendering & compositing - €600 Visual projection, lighting & sound effects assistants - €750/ea Travel/Accommodation -€3500 Publicity, advertisement & marketing - €600/ea Designing & printing posters, flyers & programs - €800/ea Sound recording, post production & mastering - €1300 Videography & photography (3-5 cameras) - €1600 DVD production - €2000 Miscellaneous - €2000

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

I truly hope that you will find it feasible to consider supporting this project financially. Nowadays artists struggle tremendously in all the fields, however, without art humanity would lack the expression of the soul and mind and become insensitive creatures, resembling robots. Creation needs to be celebrated and perfected. I am ready to prove this statement, with your generous help. Thank you for your time and energy.



Idea created on Jan. 28, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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