Joanna Czajkowska – dancer, choreographer, dance teacher. She graduated in pedagogy from the University of Gdańsk and she completed a qualification course for contemporary dance instructors of SAK in Gdańsk. She received a certificate of artist-dancer from Polish Stage Artists Association (ZASP) which is honoured by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. A member of the Dance and Ballet Department of ZASP, of the International Federation of Actors (FIA) and the European Network of Independent Artists (EON). In 2005, 2009 and 2010 she won a scholarship for culture organizers from the Marshall of the Pomerania Province. Earlier she worked for Patrz Mi Na Usta Theatre and Wojciech Mochniej and Melissa Monteros’s Gdańsk Dance Theatre. As a choreographer and an independent artist, she made her debut in 1997 and one year later she started to collaborate with Jacek Krawczyk, forming the basis for the Sopot Dance Theatre (Okazjonalny Theatre till March 2010). They created together dozens of choreographies. Within the group Joanna Czajkowska has also created own solo performances, including YES (2007), Rosso realtivo (2008) and Zoom out (2009). 2012 is a special year for the founders of the Sopot Dance Theatre: Joanna Czajkowska (the younger part of the Sopot Dance Theatre’ team) celebrates 15 years of working as a choreographer and Jacek Krawczyk – 25 years of artistic activity. On this occasion, on 1 May a benefit performance took place in Sopot, not only with the founders, but also dancers and artists friends with the group.
She choreographed or co-choreographed over thirty performances of Okazjonalny Theatre and many other performances and projects, including Paper Mill (International Festival of Theatre and Visual Arts – Tczew – Europa, 2005), Solidarity ‘80, Goldwasser, etc. In 2008 she created The Moment – a performance for German Goerlitz Tanz Theater. As a teacher, she worked for Culture Promoters Studio (SAK), Alternative Integration Club WINDA in Gdańsk, FETA Theatre and Sopot Scene Off de Bicz. In 2006 she was nominated to “Artist of the Year 2005”, chosen by readers of Gazeta Wyborcza-Tricity. In September 2006, invited by the Director of Dance Advance, a programme for professional dancers, she attended Live Art Festival and Philly Fringe in Philadelphia (USA).
She is also interested in theory of dance: in the semester 2007/2008 she gave a series of lectures on history and theory of dance in Club “Żak” Club in Gdańsk; in 2008 she took part in a scientific conference “Language of Dance” organized by the University of Gdańsk, in 2009 – in Baltic Movement Conference at the Gdańsk Dance Festival. On the Polish Culture Congress 2009 she wrote a publication Contemporary Dance in Tricity – Report for the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Since 2010 she has been a guest expert, together with Anna Harcz, in a series of programmes broadcasted live on Gdańsk Radio, entitled Dance Classes. In April 2010 Joanna Czajkowska received the Honourable Mention “For Merit to Polish Culture” from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In November 2010 she gave a series of lectures Dance Theatre. Its History and Artists organized by TwO Windows Theatre and the Theatre Studies Department of the University of Gdańsk.