Professor Ewa Wycichowska, DA Hab.

Pho­to by Andrzej Grabows­ki

Dancer, chore­o­g­ra­ph­er, ped­a­gogue, Pro­fes­sor in Musi­cal Arts, man­ag­er of the Unit of Dance at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw. She grad­u­at­ed from the Bal­let School in Poz­nań and the Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw, major­ing in Bal­let Ped­a­gogy; she stud­ied mod­ern dance at L’Academie  Inter­na­tionale de la Danse in Paris. She was a pri­ma bal­le­ri­na of the Great The­atre in Łódź.

She is an author of over 70 per­for­mances staged in Poland, Italy, Ger­many, Czech Repub­lic and USA. She is an ini­tia­tor and Artis­tic Direc­tor of the Danc­ing Poz­nań (the Inter­na­tion­al Work­shops and Bien­nale of Mod­ern Dance and the Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val of Dance The­atres). She is a juror at Pol­ish and inter­na­tion­al dance com­pe­ti­tions, min­is­te­r­i­al expert, mem­ber of the Inter­na­tion­al Dance Coun­cil (CID-UNESCO). She chairs the Pol­ish Choreother­a­py Asso­ci­a­tion. From the sea­son of 1988/1999 she has been Gen­er­al and Artis­tic Direc­tor of the Pol­ish Dance The­atre – the Poz­nań Bal­let.

She is one of few Pol­ish dancers who are suc­cess­ful on the world’s bal­let stages, both in clas­si­cal and mod­ern reper­toire. She danced the title parts in “Romeo and Juli­et” (chore­og­ra­phy by Borkows­ki), “Giselle” (chor. Coralli/Perrot/Piasecki), “Coppelia”(chor. Kujawa), “The Way­ward Daugh­ter” (chor. Paplińs­ki), and also in  “The Green Table” (chor. Jooss), “Gajane” (chor. Ejf­man), “Medea” (chor. Kujawa), “The Fire­bird” (chor. Drzewiec­ki), “Snow White” (chor. Borkows­ki),  “A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream”, “Wolf­gang Amadeus” (chor. Vere­don), “Car­men” (chor. Makarows­ki), “Faust goes rock”, and “The Pos­sessed Vio­lin­ist” (in her own chore­og­ra­phy). She is known by audi­ences of almost all con­ti­nents, she has rep­re­sent­ed the Pol­ish art of dance at fes­ti­vals in the  USA, Cana­da, Peru, Mon­go­lia, France, Greece, Spain, Israel, Great Britain, Turkey, Italy, Fin­land, Geor­gia, Rus­sia, Japan and Brazil.

In 1980 she debuted as a chore­o­g­ra­ph­er in the piece enti­tled “A Woman’s Voice” (by unknown poet) to music by Krzysztof Knit­tel, per­formed in the Great The­atre in Łódź.

She is a lau­re­ate of The Wyspi­ańs­ki Youth Award of the first degree, Medal on 200th Anniver­sary of the Pol­ish Bal­let, the Wacław Niżyńs­ki Medal, Fringe Firsts Spe­cial Award in Edin­burg (with the Pol­ish Dance The­atre), Medal “Ad Per­pet­u­am Rei Memo­ri­am”, the Extra­or­di­nary Gold­en Mask – award of the Łódź crit­ics, the main award at the 3rd All-Poland Dra­ma Com­pe­ti­tion (with the Pol­ish Dance The­atre),  award of the audi­ence – Hetman’s Baton of the Zamość The­atre Sum­mer (three times, with the Pol­ish Dance The­atre),  Award of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Authors and Com­posers for out­stand­ing chore­o­graph­ic work, Award of the The­atre Crit­ics’ Sec­tion of the Pol­ish Cen­tre of the Inter­na­tion­al The­atre Insti­tute ITIUNESCO for pro­mot­ing Pol­ish the­atre cul­ture abroad, “Terp­si­chore” – Award of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Pol­ish Stage Artists, Sil­ver Medal Glo­ria Artis, Spe­cial Award of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Nation­al Her­itage in recog­ni­tion of her ser­vices to the Pol­ish cul­ture. In the Pol­ish artis­tic cir­cle the name Ewa Wyci­chows­ka is a syn­onym of pro­fes­sion­al pas­sion, peren­ni­al quest and cre­ative brav­ery.

By man­ag­ing the Pol­ish Dance The­atre since 1988 she has demon­strat­ed a rare skill of com­bin­ing an artis­tic tal­ent with man­age­r­i­al abil­i­ties. The world’s most out­stand­ing chore­o­g­ra­phers accept an invi­ta­tion to coop­er­ate with her ensem­ble, for exam­ple: Bir­git Cull­berg, Mats Ek, Örjan Ander­s­son, Karine Sapor­ta, or Ohad Naharin. On her score card Ewa Wyci­chows­ka also has chore­o­graph­ic coop­er­a­tion with out­stand­ing the­atre, opera and film direc­tors such as: Jerzy Jaroc­ki, Erwin Axer, Maciej Prus, Krzysztof Zanus­si, Krzysztof Kieślows­ki, Jerzy Kawalerow­icz,  Ryszarde Peryt, Adam Hanuszkiewicz, Krysty­na Jan­da,  Krzysztof Zales­ki and  Euge­niusz Korin.

last modified: 05/05/2015