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Zdjęcie: Ewa Głowacka

Ewa Głowacka w roli Giselle

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Ewa Głowacka was a dancer, pedagogue, and ballet mistress. A graduate of the State Ballet School in Warsaw, she was a long-time soloist and eventually first soloist of the Grand Theatre in Warsaw.

Odette-Odile, a fragile Giselle, Sylphide, a majestic Lilac Fairy and the Snow Queen, a passionate Carmen: these are but a few of amazing roles played by Ewa Głowacka. Her impeccable technique, charm, elegance and appearance would be enough to bring the audience to their knees. However, Ewa Głowacka also had the indefinable quality that made the characters she played tangibly real. She made her debut in the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, starring as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by Bernadetta Matuszczak, directed by Adam Hanuszkiewicz. After graduating from the Ballet School in Warsaw in 1972, she was engaged by the Teatr Wielki. In 1974 she became a soloist and, for the first time, she danced a role of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. In 1977 she became a first soloist of the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. In 1978 she studied at the American Ballet Theatre and School of American Ballet.

Apart from the aforementioned roles, some of Ewa Głowacka‘s other outstanding renditions included Dulcinea, Grazioza and Carmenita in Don Quixote, Anna in Stanisław and Anna Oświęcim, Dying Swan, Sylphide in Graduation Ball, Pani T. in Gry, Delfina Potocka in Chopin’s Muses.

Upon retiring from her stage career in 1999, Głowacka took up pedagogical activity. She worked as a classical dance teacher (repertoire and interpretation) and as a classical repertoire consultant in music schools and theaters as well as at festivals and dance workshops. Her collaborations as guest pedagogue included the Polish National Ballet and the Opera Nova ballet company in Bydgoszcz.

Głowacka served as a jury member of numerous ballet contests, including the International Ballet Competition “Golden Points” in Szczecin, and was an active promoter of classical dance.

In 2018, together with Zofia Rudnicka she developed and staged an original choreography Giselle based on Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot’s concept.

Głowacka was a winner of the Grand Prix of the Third National Dance Competition in Gdańsk (1979), the Third World Ballet Competition in Osaka (1980), the First Level Wyspiański Youth Award (1985), the First Level Minister of Culture and Art Award (1985). She was also a recipient of the Gold Cross of Merit and the Vaslav Nijinsky Medal.

She died in the fall of 2020.





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