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Jacek Przybyłowicz

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Jacek Przybyłowicz is a dancer and choreographer. He graduated from the Graduate of the State Ballet School and the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Between 1987 and 1991 he was a dancer at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. After leaving Poland, he danced in Germany and Israel until the end of his performing career. He spent 7 years as a dancer with the Kibbutrz Contemporary Dance Company led by Rami Be’er. He also performed with the Batsheva Dance Company in Ohad Naharin’s performance Kyr, presented as part of the Yair Shapiro Awards.

After returning to Poland, he focused exclusively on choreographic work, producing more than 20 performances for the Polish National Ballet, Polish Dance Theatre, Kielce Dance Theatre, Baltic Opera ballet company, Wrocław Opera ballet company, Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theatre ballet company in Poznań, Łódź Grand Theatre ballet company, and the Opera Nova ballet company in Bydgoszcz, among others. For many years, he has also developed original performances abroad, collaborating with the likes of the Dantzaz Kompainia in San Sebastian, Beijing Dance LDTX in Beijing, Prague Chamber Ballet, Balet Narodni Divadla in Brno, and TanzKompanie Giessen. Performed by Polish and foreign companies, Przybyłowicz’s pieces have been showcased at dozens of festivals around the world, including the Czech Republic, Cyprus, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Tunisia, Ukraine, the United States.

Przybyłowicz’s major productions include Dove NecklaceBarocco,  BoleroAutumn – Nuembir45A Few Short SequencesAlpha Kryonia Xe, Symphony No. 3 – “Song of the Night,” Six Angel WingsViolin Concerto no. 2, InfoliaThe Card GameMonochromeBeyond the HorizonGlobeMistic VaporVerlorenheitSono neroSolo no. 63 for 13Whispers and ShadowsHumani Corporis Fabrica, among others. He also choreographed two solos for Viktoria Nowak and Paulina Bidzińska (Piece in Old Style), who won the Eurovision Young Dancer Competition in 2016 and 2018, respectively. A live performance of his opera piece King Oedipus with music by Igor Stravinsky, which he directed in 2013, was recorded by Arte at the Seged Opera Festival.

From 2009 to 2014, Przybyłowicz held the position of Ballet Director of the Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theatre in Poznan. He is the co-creator of the outreach and education series Teren Tańca – Reinterpretacje, organized in partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Since 2010, he has served as the curator of the Poznań Ballet Spring held at the Grand Theatre in Poznań. Between 2015 and 2017, he was the curator of the China – Central & East European Countries (CEEC) Dance Program).

Between 2014 and 2018, he was a member of the Programme Board for Dance at the Institute of Music and Dance, also serving as its chairman from 2018 to 2020. Since 2015, he has been teaching at the Department of Dance at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In 2018-2020 he was the curator of the ballet program at the Wrocław Opera House.

Jacek Przybyłowicz is the winner of the 1st prize at the 2nd National Choreographic Competition held at the Łódź Grand Theatre. He is also the laureated of the Annual Award in the “Dance” category, presented by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and a recipient of the Medal for Merit to Culture “Gloria Artis.”





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