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Janusz Orlik

  • choreographer
  • dancer
Zdjęcie: Janusz Orlik

Live on stage. Photo: Jakub Wittchen.

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Janusz Orlik is a dancer and choreographer. After graduating from the Turczynowicz Ballet School in Warsaw, he became a student of the Brucknerkonservatorium Linz (AT). During his studies he became a founding member of x.IDA Dance Co. and performed in productions created by Olga Cobos, Peter Mika, Catherine Guérin, Rebekka Murgi, Nicole Caccivio, Charlotte Vincent. Since 2002 Janusz has been a regular member of the Vincent Dance Theatre (GB).

For more than a decade Janusz has also been creating his own choreographic works, including Exérse monobloc (2004, a collaboration with Pia Libicka), thy neighbour as thyself (2006, Solo Project residency), Live on stage (2008), The Rite of Spring (2011, a collaboration with Joel Claesson and Nicholas Keegan), Insight (2013, a collaboration with Joanna Leśnierowska). In 2007 he performed in nothing by towarzystwo gimnastyczne.

In 2009 Janusz performed in Happy by Nigel Charnock, in which he was also involved as choreographers assistant. In 2010 he joined Ugo Dehaess Kwaad Bloed Company (BE), performing in Forces. In 2011 he joined Nigel Charnock + Company (GB) to create Ten Men. In the same year he collaborated on the production of Reconstruction by Joanna Leśnierowska, also performing in the piece. In 2012 he performed in a revival of Horsemeat by Gary Clarke (GB). In 2013 he began a collaboration with Daniel Landau (IL).

In 2014 he performed in  (Rooms by the sea) from the series Exercises in Looking by Joanna Leśnierowska and in Unintended Consequences by Sjoerd Vreugdenhil, whose premiere at the Malta Festival in Poznań marked 10 years of the Old Brewery New Dance programme. Janusz’s other works include High heels for the ballet of the Kraków Opera, Alpha for the Contemporary Dance Scene in Poznań, and Adagio for the Musical Theatre in Poznań.

In 2014, he was cast in Back to Bone by Rosalind Crisp and Collective Jumps by Isabelle Schad. In 2015, he performed in an excerpt from Shirtology by Jérôme Bel. In 2016, he created the choreography for Homeland at the Polish Theatre in Poznań. That same year, he collaborated in the creation and performance of the Polish-Brazilian project “Yanka Rudzka Project: Levening.” In 2018, he collaborated in the creation and performance of the Polish-Brazilian-Georgian-Armenian project “Yanka Rudzka Project: Polyphony.” His othher works include High Heels for the Krakow Opera ballet company, Alpha for the Contemporary Dance Stage in Poznań, and Adagio for the Music Theatre in Poznań. In addition to his stage work, he conducts dance workshops at dance schools and other educational institutions in Poland and abroad.

Janusz Orlik is a two-time recipient of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship (2011, 2018).

As well as performing, Janusz delivers dance workshops in Poland and abroad. He was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland in 2011.

Święto wiosny. Z lewej strony Janusz Orlik. Fot. Jakub Wittchen.
Święto wiosny. Z tyłu Janusz Orlik. Fot. Jakub Wittchen.
Live on stage. Fot. Jakub Wittchen.
Live on stage. Fot. Jakub Wittchen.
Live on stage. Fot. Jakub Wittchen.
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