Professor FCUM Beata Książkiewicz DMus Hab.

Fot. Robert Frąck­owiak

A teacher, chore­o­g­ra­ph­er and lec­tur­er at the FCUM. In1977, she grad­u­at­ed from the State Bal­let School, obtain­ing a dancer’s diplo­ma and she took up stud­ies at the The­atre Arts Insti­tute in Moscow, Depart­ment of Bal­let Ped­a­gogy and Chore­og­ra­phy, where she was taught by out­stand­ing pro­fes­sors – Raisa Struchko­va, Tama­ra Turchi­na and Tama­ra Tkachenko. She grad­u­at­ed with hon­ours in 1981 and in the same year she start­ed work­ing at the State Bal­let School in Poz­nań where she taught clas­si­cal, char­ac­ter­is­tic and his­tor­i­cal dance and music and move­ment inter­pre­ta­tion until 1997.

In the peri­od of 1983–1986, she was a doc­tor­al stu­dent at the The­atre Arts Insti­tute in Moscow. She defend­ed her doc­tor­al the­sis in 1988. In 1996 she start­ed work­ing as a lec­tur­er at the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my (now Uni­ver­si­ty) of Music in War­saw, teach­ing stu­dents major­ing in Dance, spe­cial­ty Bal­let Ped­a­gogy, and at that insti­tu­tion she obtained her post-doc­tor­al (2010) degree and then became Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor (2012).

At the FCUM, she teach­es his­tor­i­cal dance, his­tor­i­cal dance method­ics, char­ac­ter­is­tic dance, char­ac­ter­is­tic dance method­ics and artis­tic dance with didac­tics – ear­ly school stage. She is an author of cur­ric­u­la for these sub­jects.

Work­ing as a teacher, she makes her best effort to con­stant­ly improve her knowl­edge in the field, par­tic­i­pat­ing in numer­ous dance cours­es in Poland and abroad in clas­si­cal dance, char­ac­ter­is­tic dance (fla­men­co, Indi­an, Hun­gar­i­an and Russ­ian dances), his­tor­i­cal dance, afro, jazz, and mod­ern dances. She attends fla­men­co class­es giv­en by such teach­ers as: Pilar Mar­tinez, Jose de Udae­ta, Imma Lopez, or Elias Morales.

To bring her long-time dreams into life, she found­ed The “Fou­et­té” School of Dance and Bal­let in Poz­nań, which was opened on 10 Novem­ber 1997. The school is a kind of a lab­o­ra­to­ry in which new teach­ing meth­ods can be imple­ment­ed on the basis of one’s expe­ri­ences.

Aside of her didac­tic activ­i­ty, as Head of the school she devel­ops coop­er­a­tion with bal­let schools in Den­mark, Ger­many, Spain, USA, Rus­sia, Mex­i­co, Peru, Japan, Hun­gary, Italy and France, organ­is­ing per­for­mances and artis­tic exchanges of teach­ers and stu­dents.

She has col­lab­o­rat­ed for years with the “Kalin­ka” Bal­let School in San­ta Cruz, Tener­ife, Spain, pro­vid­ing method­olog­i­cal super­vi­sion. She sits on the jury of the Inter­na­tion­al “Gold­en Pointe Shoes” Bal­let Com­pe­ti­tion and All-Poland Bal­let Com­pe­ti­tion in Szczecin, which awards the title of “The Best Grad­u­ate from Bal­let Schools in Europe and Poland”. She has taught chil­dren and youth and con­duct­ed train­ing cours­es in many coun­tries, e.g. Den­mark, Ger­many, Spain, USA, Italy and France.

Since 2003, she has been a mem­ber of UNESCO’s Inter­na­tion­al Dance Coun­cil, which unites world’s most out­stand­ing dance and bal­let spe­cial­ists.

 She is an orig­i­na­tor and co-organ­is­er of the Inter­na­tion­al Young Dancers’ Fes­ti­val; the event is organ­ised each year in a dif­fer­ent coun­try and its first edi­tion was held in Den­mark in 2004. The fes­ti­val is accom­pa­nied by the Inter­na­tion­al Sym­po­sium on the pro­mo­tion of dance among chil­dren and youth and it unites numer­ous bal­let schools from all over the world.

She has also pre­pared chore­og­ra­phy for numer­ous bal­let per­for­mances, e.g. Porce­lain Fig­urines, music by G. Bizet, Slavon­ic Cir­cle, music by Jor­gi Quar­tet, full-size bal­let per­for­mance ver­sions of: Cin­derel­la, music by S. Prokofiev, The Nut­crack­er, music by P. Tchaikovsky, The Ugly Duck­ling, music by F. Schu­bert, and also Pol­ish Kalei­do­scope, music col­lage: Chopin, Moniuszko, Tol­ha­je, Marek and Wacek, Jor­gi Quar­tet, The Turnip, muic by E. Grieg, Mid­sum­mer Night, music by F. Chopin, Maria Pomi­anows­ka Pol­ish Ensem­ble, On the 19th Cen­tu­ry Park Prom­e­nade, music by Karol Kurpińs­ki, and count­less chore­o­graph­ic minia­tures. She pre­pared chore­og­ra­phy and direct­ed the grand stage per­for­mance enti­tled The Poz­nań Tales (music by Walde­mar Rychły and Friends), which was extreme­ly pop­u­lar in the Greater Poland region.

She is an author of numer­ous cur­ric­u­la, bal­let libret­tos, and a book enti­tled Spek­takl bale­towy dla dzieci – pro­ces twór­czy [Bal­let Per­for­mance for Chil­dren – a Cre­ative Process] pub­lished by Wydawnict­wo His­to­ria i Sztu­ka (Poz­nań 2009).

last modified: 23/10/2017