concept, choreography, performance
Art Stations Foundation
n a dream I was a poodle. A man bought me and became my master. He ensured I get my food and water. I was the upper class and the world was a friendly place. And then, in an instant, the bliss was gone. My master took the double-barreled rifle from the wall, aimed at me and shot. And I woke up.
Mikołaj Mikołajczyk graduate of ballet school in Poznań, for many years he was soloist with the Wielki Theatre in Poznań, where he also produced choreographies: "Kronika zapowiedzianej śmierci"[Chronicle of a Death Foretold], "Okłamuj mnie pocałuj też"[Lie to Me, and Kiss Me, Too], "Strofy na sopran i głos recytujący" [Strophes for a Soprano and a Reciting Voice]. Member of Henryk Tomaszewski's Wrocław Pantomime (1989-1990) and Polski Teatr Tańca (1990-1995), he spent a few seasons with ballet ensembles in Karlsruhe and Berlin (1999-2000). He has danced to choreographies by Mats Ek, Birgit Cullberg, Henryk Tomaszewski, Conrad Drzewiecki, Ewa Wycichowska, Emil Wesołowski, Olaf Schmidt, Anatol Fodor. For a number of years, he has been collaborating with Polish dramatic theatre companies, and has created movement for pieces by such recognised Polish directors, as Piotr Kruszczyński, Adam Hanuszkiewicz, Maja Kleczewska, Grzegorz Jarzyna Mikołaj Grabowski, Michał Borczuch. In years 2000-2001, Mikołajczyk ran his own company Teatr DNA - taniec zakodowany genetycznie affiliated with the Opera na Zamku in Szczecin, where he prepared spectacles "Żegnaj Polsko" [Goodbye, Poland], "Najpierw się zdziwisz a potem oddasz" [First, You'll Be Surprised, Then You'll Give Yourself], "ORWS - ostatni raz w Szczecinie" [LTIS - Last Time In Szczecin].... Currently a freelance artist, he creates own choreographies and continues intense collaboration with theatre companies. Waiting was his first solo spectacle (premiere: Stary Browar, June 2006); another, inspired by Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray, is under preparation (premiere: Stary Browar, December 2008).