Jarosław Staniek – director, choreographer
Born in Sandomierz, Poland.
His dance career starts from the street dance. Historical first Champion of Poland in breakdance. Trained in other dance techniques / modern dance, classical, pantomime, acrobatics, etc. /.
After receiving diploma he starts professional career as a dancer and choreographer. In 1992 together with a his legendary dance group P’ 89 Dance Company is awarded the Polish Journalist’s Prize.
First work in theatre was choreography for West Side Story / 1992, Musical Theatre in Gdynia /.
He directed and prepared choreography for polish versions of musical hits such as: Chicago, Hair, Chess, Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose, Fame.
As a choreographer he was working in Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Netherland.
The artist is a winner of polish prestigious prize / Golden Mask / for the choreography for musical Footloose.
He is the creator of the first Polish dance show Opentaniec, broadcast “live” during the concert “Welcome Europe” for 300 million viewers across Europe and in special exhibitions in Brussels and Athens. Production was prepared to celebrate of Poland’s accession to the European Union.
Staniek received an Gdynia City Mayor Award for the choreography to Midsummer Night Dream, “trans-opera” based on Shakespeare’s play with the music of the most popular Polish jazzman of the last years, Leszek Możdżer.
He is a director and a choreographer of hip-hop musical 12 ławek / 12 benches /. The performance was his back to the street culture, freestyle and the rhythm of the city. It was a great artistic success with the participation of the biggest stars of polish hip-hop.
Jarosław Staniek is also an author of the script, director and choreographer of the show Carmen TV based on Bizet’s Carmen and presented during IV Festival Sacrum – Profanum in Cracow in 2006.
In 2006, in an abandoned mine has created a dance performance Chodnik 05. The performance inspired by the film Metropolis is constantly played dozens of meters under the ground in Poland, and was presented at several dance festivals in Europe.
One of the biggest recent production was the performance Vichry. Show based on the legends of three nations: Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia have been presented in major concert halls in Prague, Warsaw and Bratislava. The play, directed and choreographed by Jaroslav Staniek was enthusiastically reviewed by critics and audiences.
Great success was the performance Swing! based on the unforgettable compositions of great Duke Ellington. The performance is presented in the Musical Theater Capitol in Wroclaw.
Jarosław Staniek was also the choreographer of polish version of Star Academy and the author of choreography for many tv shows, films and cinema productions.
The newest production was choreography for THE FLYING MACHINE, 3D family movie starring Heather Graham with music of Chopin played by Lang Lang. The film will be premiered in Nov, 2011