Wycichowska Theatre

From 1988 to 2016, the chief and artistic director of the Polish Dance Theater was Professor Ewa Wycichowska, a long-time prima ballerina of the Grand Theater in Lodz, choreographer and pedagogue, professor of musical arts, one of the greatest artistic individualities in the history of Polish dance art.

Ewa Wycichowska, treating modern and contemporary dance as the main movement material, developed an original staging and choreographic concept aiming at a synthesis of the arts, where the choreographic, dramatic, musical and visual arts layers meet and intermingle. She also supplemented the original vision of the author's theater and invited outstanding artists from around the world, including Birgit Cullberg, Mats Eka, Orjan Andersson, Virpi Pahkinen, Karine Saporta, Ohad Naharin, Jo Strømgren.


From 1999 to 2016, the Polish Dance Theater hosted Atelier, a stage for exploration and debuts. It was formed by a group of Polish Dance Theater dancers seeking new paths of artistic activity. The Atelier has produced a new generation of artists who have significantly marked their presence on the contemporary map of dance art, including Iwona Pasinska, Paulina Wycichowska, Andrzej Adamczak and Daniel Stryjecki.


Extending its activities with an educational and workshop element, the Polish Dance Theater organized between 1994 and 2016 the International Workshops of Contemporary Dance and (since 2004) the International Festival of Dance Theaters, in recent years under the name of Dancing Poznań.

Ewa Wycichowska

Dancer, choreographer, pedagogue, university teacher, professor of musical arts. Graduate of the Comprehensive Ballet School in Poznań, the Academy of Music in Warsaw and L'Academie Internationale de la Danse in Paris.

She also completed the Study of Cultural Managers at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. For many years she has been a prima ballerina at the Grand Theater in Lodz. Ewa Wycichowska is one of the few Polish dancers successful on world ballet stages, both in classical and contemporary repertoire. As a performer, she has collaborated with Witold Borkowski ("Romeo and Juliet"), Kurt Jooss ("The Green Table"), Conrad Drzewiecki ("The Firebird"), Teresa Kujawa ("Medea"), Boris Ejfmanemn ("Gajane"), Gray Veredon ("A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Wolfgang Amadeus"), Jerzy Makarowski ("Carmen"), among others. She also created legendary performances in her own shows "Faust Goes Rock" and "Fiddler Possessed".


In 1980 she made her debut as a choreographer with the piece "A Woman's Voice (from an Unknown Poetess)," to music by Krzysztof Knittel, at the Grand Theater in Lodz. She has choreographed more than 70 performances staged in Poland, Europe and the US. She has also worked as a choreographer with prominent theater, opera and film directors, including Jerzy Jarocki, Erwin Axer, Maciej Prus, Krzysztof Zanussi, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Adam Hanuszkiewicz, Krystyna Janda, Krzysztof Zaleski and Eugeniusz Korin.


From 1981-1984, lecturer at the Department of Rhythmics at the Academy of Music in Lodz; 1985-1988, lecturer in modern dance at the State Ballet School in Lodz; since 1999, lecturer at the Department of Music Education at the Academy of Music in Warsaw, specializing in ballet pedagogy, since 2002, associate professor, and since 2009, head of the Department of Dance, at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw; 2006-2010 professor, lecturer, Higher School of Skills in Kielce; since 2007 professor, lecturer, Academy of Music in Łódź; 2015 - full professor, Academy of Physical Education in Poznań; promoter of seven doctorates, scientific supervisor of four post-doctorates, promoter of honorary doctorate of prof. Roderyka Lange.

Directing the Polish Dance Theater, Ewa Wycichowska demonstrated a rare ability to combine her artistic talent with her academic activities and managerial aptitude. During her directorship, some of the world's most outstanding choreographers have accepted the invitation to work with her company: Birgit Cullberg, Mats Ek, Les Carnets Dominique Bagouet, Karine Saporta, Ohad Naharin, Jo Strømgren. Characters whose names set the most important trends in the world art of dance. Thanks to Ewa Wycichowska's artistic vision, the face of PTT has evolved from performances shaped by the form of ballet theater to a contemporary genre: dance theater, which is characterized by crossing genre, technical and stylistic boundaries, liberating itself from the means of expression ascribed by tradition, leaning towards interdisciplinarity, searching for new theatrical spaces and based on creative improvisation, the process of creation. On the initiative of Ewa Wycichowska, the Atelier, a stage of exploration and debuts for dancers, operated at the Polish Dance Theater from 1999-2016, which brought several outstanding artistic discoveries, now recognized artists, including Andrzej Adamczak, Paulina Wycichowska, Iwona Pasinska, Daniel Stryjecki, Pawel Malicki. Since 1994, the Polish Dance Theater, on the initiative of Ewa Wycichowska, held annually the International Workshop of Contemporary Dance, which since 2003 has been constantly accompanied by the International Festival of Dance Theaters.

Ewa Wycichowska is one of the most outstanding figures in the Polish history of dance art, who changed the artistic and educational face of this field, allowing it to compete boldly with the achievements of European artists. Her artistic work has been honored, among others, with the First Prize in the performer category at the First National Choreographic Competition in Łódź, the Medal and Diploma of Recognition of the Ministry of Culture and Art in the year of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Karol Szymanowski for her staging and choreography of "Stabat Mater", the Prize of the City of Łódź, the Stanisław Wyspiański Prize for Young Artists of the First Degree, the Medal of the 200th Anniversary of the Polish Ballet, the Medal of the Polish Ballet, the Medal of the Polish Ballet, the Medal of the Polish Ballet. Wacław Niżyński, three times the Hetman's Mace - Audience Award of Zamość Theater Summer (together with the Polish Dance Theater), Fringe Firsts Award at the Edinburgh Festival for the evening "Solitude of the Faun" (with the Polish Dance Theater), Woman of the Year Title of the Bussines Professional Women Club, Extraordinary Golden Mask - Lodz Critics Award (Lodz), Medal Ad Perpetuam Rei Memoriam for meritorious Wielkopolska, Main Award of the Third Review of Contemporary Drama in Zielona Gora for the performance "Transss" (with the Polish Dance Theater), ZAIKS Award for outstanding choreographic work, Award of the Marshal of the Wielkopolska Region Great Merit for Culture, Great Seal of the City of Poznań - Award of the President of the City of Poznań for his contribution to culture, "Reconnaissance" Award of the France - Pologne Institute in Lyon for many years of promoting French culture and art in Poland, ZASP Award for outstanding choreographic work, Award of the Section of Theater Critics of the Polish Center of the International Theater Institute ITI-UNESCO for the popularization of Polish theater culture abroad, Special Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in recognition of his merits for Polish culture, Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding personalities active in the sphere of culture, field: Dance, Artistic Award of the City of Poznań, Gold Medal of Hipolit Cegielski "Verba Docent - Exempla Trahunt", Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to Culture - Gloria Artis.

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