Izadora Weiss

A graduate of the State Ballet School and  Academy of Music in Warsaw. A double holder of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship.
Having graduated, she worked in the Grand Theatre – National Opera and at the same time studied ballet pedagogy. She made her début as a choreographer in the Grand Theatre in Poznań with A Midsummer Night’s Dreams. Standing ovation from the audience coincided with excellent press reviews. She cooperates with Poland’s most prominent opera producers.  So far she has prepared the choreography for such operas as: Turandot, Straszny dwór (The Haunted Manor), Galina, Salome, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Aida, Carmen, Der Freischütz (The Marksman), Nabucco, Eugene Onegin, Faust, Halka and Julius Caesar. These operas have been presented on the most important Polish stages as well as in the USA, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland. The turning point in her career was the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Krzysztof Penderecki prepared in the Grand Theatre in Poznań.
Having seen this performance, Jiri Kylian invited her to the Nederlands Dans Theater to undergo choreographic training there. Numerous stays with the team of one of the greatest choreographers of our times gave her a chance to perfect her skills at his side as well as with such artists as Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot, Sol Leon and Saburo Teshigawara. Within the framework of the Malta 2000 Festival she prepared the performance Four Seasons by Vivaldi in the interpretation of Nigel Kennedy. Upon seeing this choreography he offered her his cooperation in a new project to which he would write the music himself.

In 2005 she produced the ballet …from Heaven with Michał Lorenc’s music. The following production of a spectacle-length ballet Eurasia, to which she personally wrote the libretto and selected the music representing the distinctiveness of the European culture and the culture of the Orient, had its premiere in the Wrocław theatre Capitol and opened the way to fulfill her dream of creating her own group. She started working on a project for the Warsaw Dance Theatre of Montownia Arts Centre. She suspended the project, though, after receiving a proposal from the Baltic Opera, where she produced the spectacle 4&4 to the music of Lisa Gerrard, Alessandra Marcello, Vivaldi and Bach as well as recordings of Nigel Kennedy. Her next premiere was her own spectacle Eurasia again after it had undergone numerous modifications. The work with these productions, stretching over numerous months, allowed for creation of an excellent modern dance company in the Baltic Opera. Its youth dynamics and quality has been praised not only by reviewers but also by the audience, coming to the Opera in greater numbers every time. The crowing of this work was the third premiere – Romeo and Juliet – a ballet based on the Shakespeare’s drama, whose plot has been move to the modernity. As usual, Izadora Weiss put the music together from her favourite fragments of masterpieces of such composers as Glass, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Lisa Gerrard and Santaolalla. In Autumn 2009 in Warsaw Chamber Opera a premiere of Haendel’s triptych Tre donne – tre destini with Olga Pasiecznik as the main character took place. Izadora Weiss was the producer of this spectacle and the author of its choreography. She also took part in the spectacle as a dancer. Rzeczpospolita, one of Polish biggest daily newspapers, considered this production of two most important events of the life of music theatre in Poland in that year. Izadora Weiss’s most recent spectacle is Out with the music by Saint Colombe, Marais, Bach, Górecki and other composers whose masterpieces always accompany her work and the work of her dancers performing under the name of Baltic Dance Theatre starting with this premiere.