Katarzyna Chmielewska

A dancer and a creator of theatre choreography. In 1993, together with Leszek Bzdyl, she was involved in the Dada von Bzdülöw theatre. In the years 1984-1993, she was the student of the National Ballet School in Gdańsk, from which she graduated with a classical dancer degree. At the age of eighteen, Ms Chmielewska read the biography of Isadora Duncan, the dancer who was the first to revitalize ballet with natural moves and expression, ‘throwing off her ballet shoes’ to dance barefoot on the grass. The dancer inspired the young artist to search for artistic fulfillment in other areas of dance. Dance, according to Isabela Duncan, is a natural movement which rejects all tension and artificiality. From that moment, Katarzyna Chmielewska was aware of the fact that she wanted to search for dance which would express honest emotion. She has rejected the position of a soloist in the Ballet Opera in Bydgoszcz and instead became involved in modern dance.
Since the year 1993, she has been co-working on the Dada von Bzdülöw theatre, in which she has danced in more than thirty plays. She teaches dance techniques and prepares original choreographies. Until the year 1994, she was a dancer in the Baltic Opera Gdańsk Ballet team, and in the next year, she co-operated with the Melisa Manteros Gdańsk Dance Theatre. Ms Chmielewska received the Flemish Community and European Union scholarships, she studied modern dance in Brussels as part of the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) under the tutelage of Anna Theresa De Keersmaeker.  In the years 1997-2000, she was a guest actor in the Municipal Theatre in Gdynia. Until the year 1998, together with Leszek Bzdyl she took part in the Eurallen international theatre project in Stockholm, acting in The Abduction of Europa play. In the year 2000, she worked in Brussels and in co-operation with Magdalena Reiter, she completed “Wszystkie a propos” (All apropos) and the original Enter project, as part of an international project called X-group, a P.A.R.T.S. initiative for young creators of modern dance.
For many years, she has been preparing original choreographies.

A fragment of the “So beautiful”  performance.

A fragment of the ” Punkt Zwrotny” (Turning Point) performance – Katarzyna Chmielewska/ Bożena Elterman

The dancer’s original choreographies:
1998 “Sonata”
2000 ” Si ”
2001 “Dialogus in conventione”
2002 “So beautiful”
2003 “Fragment”
2005 ” Bonsai”
2005 “Juicy Flesh” (choreography prepared in co-operation with Anna Steller)
2005 ” Zwłoki” (The Corpse)
She has worked together with Tatiana Baganowa in the year 2000 on the Papugaj project conducted by the Baltic Dance University in Gdańsk. In the year 2001, in co-operation with Roberto Olivan, she prepared the Natural Stron Days performance, among others.
Similarly to Leszek Bzdyl, she often works on stage movements for performances of drama theatres: “Nie przerywajcie zabawy” (Don’t Stop the Fun), the Municipal Theatre in Gdynia, 2002- Monologi Waginy  (The Vagina Monologues), “Mewa” (The Seagull), the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, 2002- “Opowieści lasku wiedeńskiego” (Tales of the Viennese forest), the S. Jaracz Theatre in Łódź, 2002 “Mewa” (The Seagull), the Studio Theatre in Warsaw, 2003 “Opowieści o zwyczajnym szaleństwie” (Stories of Ordinary Madness, the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk.
Ms Chmielewska also conducts modern dance workshops. For her, dance is a method of presenting deep feelings and showing a true story in a non-verbal way. Dance helps to develop both the body and the mind, helps to open up and come closer to other people on an aesthetic and emotional plane.
Education:
1984 -93 The State Ballet School in Gdańsk
1996 -97 Modern Dance School in Brussels, in P.A.R.T.S ( Performing Arts Research
and Training Studios, under the tutelage of Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker )

Scene movement in drama Theatres:
1997 “Nie przerywajcie zabawy”  (Don’t Stop the Fun), The Municipal Theatre in
Gdynia
2002 “Monologii Waginy”  (The Vagina Monologues), The Wybrzeże Theatre in
Gdańsk
2002 “Mewa” (The Seagull), The Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk
2002 “Opowieści lasku wiedeńskiego” (Tales of the Viennese forest), the S. Jaracz
Theatre in Łódź,
2002 “Mewa” (The Seagull), The Studio Theatre in Warsaw