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Zdjęcie: Bożena Klimczak

Anna Steller. Portret. Fot. Jakub Wittchen

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Bożena Klimczak – Ballet director, and before that – a soloist in the Wrocław Opera since 1985. She graduated from the Ludomir Różycki State Ballet School in Bytom and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (in ballet pedagogy). In 2003 she also graduated in theory of dance (postgraduate programme) from the same University. In 2004 she earned her PhD in artistic dance. Since 1996 she has lectured dance (contemporary, character and classical dance) at the Faculty of Drama of the State Drama School (PWST) in Wrocław, and since 2004 – as a senior lecturer. In 1994–96 she worked as a lecturer of stage movement at the Vocal Faculty of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. In this time (1997–98) she also worked as a choreographer of Theatre No. 12 at the Centre for Art Impart in Wrocław; this is the beginning of her career as a choreographer. Since 2005 she is the deputy dean of the Faculty of Drama at the State Drama School (PWST) in Wrocław. As a soloist, she was excellent both in classical and contemporary ballet repertoire of the Wrocław Opera. She created many choreographies for graduation performances at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music (Faculty of Vocal) and the State Drama School (PWST) in Wrocław (Faculty of Drama and Puppetry). She directed one part of the ballet performances Bal życia based on Agnieszka Osiecka’s works. In October 2006 she created a choreography for Białe Tangano with music by Piazolla, and in February 2007 – The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. She collaborated with Theater der Stadt Goerlitz in Germany and Teatro Delle Salline de Cagliari in Sardinia. She was honoured with a medal for the 200th Anniversary of Polish Ballet, the Badge of Merit to Culture, Silver and Bronze Iglica, a president’s award of PWST in Wrocław; in 2005 she was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit.

Most important parts:

Ballet impressions: Exodus music by Kilar (Ewa), Tangos music by Piazolla, Nostalgia music by Bach, Albinioni, La valse music by Ravel, Giselle music by Adam (Mirta), Pas de quatre music by Pugni, The Symphony No. 3 music by Górecki (Matka and Mateczka), Mass music by Bernstein (Girl), Trzy kroki stąd… music by Oldfield (Woman), Les Sylphides with music by Fryderyk Chopin (prima ballerina), Bolero music by Ravel (Woman), Diagilev’s Evening: The Three-Horned Hat music by de Falla, Jeux music by Debussy, Four Temperaments music by Hindemith (Choleric), Flamenco, miłość i śmierć music by Rodrigo (Angustias), Pan Twardowski music by Różycki (Pani Twardowska, Ewa, Queen of the East), Peer Gynt music by Grieg (Ase’s mother, Ingrid), Cinderella music by Prokofiev (Cinderella, Drizella), Swan Lake music by Tchaikovsky (pas de six, dances of swans, Two Merry Makers).

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