Professor Ewa Wycichowska, DA Hab.


Pho­to by Andrzej Grabows­ki

A dancer (long-time pri­ma bal­le­ri­na at the Grand The­atre in Łódź), chore­o­g­ra­ph­er, ped­a­gogue, aca­d­e­m­ic teacher, hold­er of a pro­fes­so­r­i­al title in musi­cal arts. She grad­u­at­ed from the Gen­er­al Bal­let School in Poz­nań, Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw (1981) and L’Academie Inter­na­tionale de la Danse in Paris (1974/75). She also com­plet­ed a Course for Cul­ture Man­agers at the Adam Mick­iewicz Uni­ver­si­ty in Poz­nań (1990). She is one of very few Pol­ish dancers who is suc­cess­ful around the world both in clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary reper­toire. As a per­former, she has – among oth­ers – col­lab­o­rat­ed with Witold Borkows­ki – “Romeo and Juli­et”, Kurte Joosse – “Green Table”, Con­rad Drzewiec­ki – “The Fire­bird”, Tere­sa Kujawa – “Medea”, Boris Eif­man – “Gayane”, Gray Vere­don – “Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream” and “Wolf­gang Amadeus”, or Jerzy Makarows­ki – “Car­men”. She also cre­at­ed leg­endary roles in her own per­for­mances “Faust goes rock” and “Pos­sessed Vio­lin­ist”.

In 1980, she debuted as a chore­o­g­ra­ph­er with the work “Female Voice (from an Unknown Poet)” to music by Krzysztof Knit­tel at the Grand The­atre in Łódź. She is an author of over 70 per­for­mances pro­duced in Poland, Europe and the USA. As a chore­o­g­ra­ph­er, she has also col­lab­o­rat­ed with out­stand­ing the­atre, opera and film direc­tors, such as Jerzy Jaroc­ki, Erwin Axer, Maciej Pruse, Krzysztof Zanus­si, Krzysztof Kieślows­ki, Jerzy Kawalerow­icz Adam Hanuszkiewicz, Krysty­na Jan­da, Krzysztof Zales­ki and Euge­niusz Korin.

In the peri­od of 1981–1984, she was a teacher at the Fac­ul­ty of Eurhyth­mics at the Acad­e­my of Music in Łódź; and between 1985 and 1988 she taught mod­ern dance at the State Bal­let School in Łódź; since 1999 she has been a lec­tur­er at the Depart­ment of Music Edu­ca­tion at the Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw, spe­cial­ty Bal­let Ped­a­gogy, then spe­cial­ty Chore­og­ra­phy and The­o­ry of Dance and Post­grad­u­ate Stud­ies in The­o­ry of Dance. In 2002 she was award­ed the title of pro­fe­sor nadzwycza­jny at the FCUM, and in 2009 she became Head of the Unit of Dance at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw; in the peri­od of 2006–2010 she was pro­fes­sor and lec­tur­er at the Acad­e­my  of Entre­pre­neur­ship in Kielce; since 2007 she has been pro­fes­sor and guest lec­tur­er at the Acad­e­my of Music in Łódź; in 2015 – she earned the title of pro­fe­sor zwycza­jny at the Acad­e­my of Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion in Poz­nań at the new­ly estab­lished major called Dance in Phys­i­cal Cul­ture; she has super­vised 7 doc­tor­al the­ses, 4 post-doc­tor­al the­ses, and an Hon­orary Doc­tor­ate award­ed to Prof. Roderyk Lange.

In the peri­od of 1988–2016 she was Gen­er­al and Artis­tic Man­ag­er of the Pol­ish Dance The­atre – Poz­nań Bal­let. While head­ing the Pol­ish Dance The­atre, Ewa Wyci­chows­ka pre­sent­ed a rare skill of suc­cess­ful­ly com­bin­ing artis­tic, aca­d­e­m­ic and man­age­r­i­al activ­i­ty. Dur­ing her term of office, the world’s most tal­ent­ed chore­o­g­ra­phers, i.e., Bir­git Cull­berg, Mats Ek, Karine Sapor­ta, Ohad Naharin, and Jo Strom­gren, accept­ed the invi­ta­tion to col­lab­o­rate with her ensem­ble. These are the fig­ures who set the most sig­nif­i­cant tends in the art of dance world­wide. Thanks to Ewa Wycichowska’s artis­tic vision, the face of the PDT evolved from bal­let-form per­for­mances to the mod­ern-time type: the­atre of dance, which is char­ac­terised by going beyond the bound­aries of genre, tech­nique and style, free­ing itself from tra­di­tion­al means of expres­sion, becom­ing more and more inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, search­ing for new the­atre spaces and cre­ative impro­vi­sa­tion-based process of art mak­ing. While she head­ed the Pol­ish Dance The­atre, its per­for­mances were seen by audi­ences of 40 coun­tries on 5 con­ti­nents. It was at her ini­tia­tive that the stage of artis­tic search and debut for young dancers called Ate­lier worked at the Pol­ish The­atre of Dance; it brought a num­ber of out­stand­ing artis­tic dis­cov­er­ies who are now renowned cre­ators, e.g. Andrzej Adam­czak, Pauli­na Wyci­chows­ka, Iwona Pasińs­ka, Daniel Stry­jec­ki, or Paweł Mal­ic­ki, and became the form fol­lowed by many oth­er the­atres. Ewa Wyci­chows­ka is also an orig­i­na­tor and artis­tic direc­tor of Danc­ing Poz­nań. In 1994, her pio­neer ini­tia­tive stim­u­lat­ed the Pol­ish dance stage and cre­at­ed the teach­ing con­di­tions for both pro­fes­sion­al and non-pro­fes­sion­al dancers; for many years it was and organ­i­sa­tion­al phe­nom­e­non and a pro­gramme trade­mark known around Europe. As part of the Con­tem­po­rary Dance Bien­nale, Ewa Wyci­chows­ka con­tuct­ed pio­neer Cre­ative Lab cycles.

Prof. Ewa Wyci­chows­ka is one of the most out­stand­ing peo­ple in the Pol­ish his­to­ry of the art of dance who changed the artis­tic and edu­ca­tion­al face of this field, which allows it to suc­cess­ful­ly com­pete with the achieve­ments of Euro­pean cre­ators. As her cre­ative work is close­ly con­nect­ed with the Pol­ish cul­ture start­ing from her debut and includ­ing her most recent per­for­mance enti­tled “Lament. In mem­o­ry of Tadeusz Różewicz”, she is a sort of an advo­cate of the Pol­ish art of dance world­wide. Her mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mances have won prizes in Poland and abroad. Ewa Wyci­chows­ka has been hon­oured with such awards as: 1st Prize in the per­form­ers’ cat­e­go­ry at the 1st Inter­na­tion­al Chore­o­graph­ic Com­pe­ti­tion in Łódź, Medal and Diplo­ma of recog­ni­tion of the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Art on the 100th birth­day anniver­sary of Karol Szy­manows­ki for the stag­ing and chore­og­ra­phy to “Sta­bat Mater”, Award of the Town of Łódź, Stanisław Wyspi­ańs­ki 1st degree Award for Young Cre­ators, 200 Years of the Pol­ish Bal­let Medal, Wacław Niżyńs­ki Medal, Hetman’s Baton – Audience’s Award at the The­atre Sum­mer in Zamość (three times, togeth­er with the Pol­ish Dance The­atre), Fringe Firsts Award at the Fes­ti­val in Edin­burgh (togeth­er with the Pol­ish Dance The­atre), Woman of the Year Title award­ed by the Bussines Pro­fes­sion­al Women Club, Extra­or­di­nary Gold­en Mask – Award of Łódź’s Crit­ics (Łódź), Medal “Ad Per­pet­u­am Rei Memo­ri­am” (for dis­tin­guished inhab­i­tants of Great Poland), Main Award of the 3rd Con­tem­po­rary Dra­ma Review in Zielona Góra for the per­for­mance enti­tled “Transss” (togeth­er with the Pol­ish Dance The­atre), Award of the Soci­ety of Authors and Com­posers for out­stand­ing chore­o­graph­ic work, Great Poland Voivode­ship Marshal’s Award for Great Mer­its to Cul­ture, Great Seal of the City of Poz­nań – Award of Pres­i­dent of the City of Poz­nań for mer­its to cul­ture, “Recon­nais­sance” Award from the France – Pologne Insti­tute in Lyon for many years of pro­mo­tion of the French cul­ture and art in Poland, Award of the Union of Pol­ish Stage Artists for out­stand­ing chore­o­graph­ic work, Award of the Sec­tion of The­atre Crit­ics of the Pol­ish Cen­tre of the UNESCO’s Inter­na­tion­al The­atre Insti­tute ITI for the pro­mo­tion of the Pol­ish the­atre cul­ture abroad, Spe­cial Award of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Nation­al Her­itage in recog­ni­tion of mer­its to the Pol­ish cul­ture, Award of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Nation­al Her­itage for out­stand­ing per­son­al­i­ties in the area of cul­ture, field of dance, Artis­tic Award of the City of Poz­nań, or the Gold­en Medal Glo­ria Artis.

Pro­fes­sor Ewa Wyci­chows­ka is a juror at Pol­ish and inter­na­tion­al dance com­pe­ti­tions, a min­is­te­r­i­al expert, Chair­woman of the Pol­ish Choreother­a­py Asso­ci­a­tion, mem­ber of the Inter­na­tion­al Dance Coun­cil (CID-UNESCO, Con­seil Inter­na­tion­al de la Danse), mem­ber of the H. Wieni­aws­ki Soci­ety in Poz­nań and mem­ber of numer­ous dance art-relat­ed coun­cils.

 


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