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Zdjęcie: Magdalena Jędra

Junkie. Fot. Tomasz Zerek.

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Magdalena Jędra – dancer, choreographer, teacher. In 1997–1999, she danced in the Gdańsk Dance Theatre (GTT) of Melissa Monteros and Wojciech Mochniej where she performed in Pola zaginionych dusz, Cienie, Tabula rasa and others. She performed with GTT at foreign festivals, in Sweden, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Hungary, etc. During this same time she created solo projects: Po rozmowie z księżycem and Bez makijażu. In the years that followed she worked with many dance artists from Poland and abroad, i.e. Joe Alter, Rafał Dziemidok, Edyta Kozak, Leszek Bzdyl, Paula Ross, Alexander Pepelyaew, Anita Wach, Krzysztof “Leon” Dziemaszkiewicz and Artistic Group Koncentrat. She also collaborated with culture centres and drama theatres: The Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Łaźnia in Gdańsk, Witold Gombrowicz Theatre in Gdynia, Wytwórnia Theatre in Warsaw, Akademia Ruchu Theatre.

She took part in the project Fisher of man, man the fisher of a Canadian choreographer Paula Ross; the premiere took place as part of the once famous Baltic University of Dance (BUT, 1998) at Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk.

She also worked with Joe Alter Dance Group which at that time operated in Warsaw, by taking part in successive performances such as: The Learning Curve, Hammering String, Samotny: zawsze nigdy. She also performed in the project MAZOWSZE 1 which aimed to promote contemporary dance theatre throughout Poland, but mainly in small towns normally excluded from mainstream culture.

She co-created with Rafał Dziemidok Sny o wełnianej rzece which had its premiere at Mały Theatre in Warsaw at the “Dance and Movement Soiree” (other presentations: Festival C/U 2011; Baltic University of Dance). She also co-worked with Dziemidok in performances created by him within the group Koncentrat, i.e. a solo Nawrotnik (2007) and a group performance Nut. Squirel (2010). This performance began the transformation of the Group Koncentrat into a team of co-operators with whom Jędra also works.

In 2001, she founded Plastique Dod Group, together with Zbigniew “Zibi” Bieńkowski, a musician and composer. In their performances, they would go beyond dance theatre, exploring the fine arts and music and using new media techniques. Dance, shrill live music and video sets created daring and dynamic performances. The group disbanded, but its ideas remained and are continued and developed by Good Girl Killer.

In 2005 Jędra teamed up with a dancer and choreographer Anna Steller and musicians as well as composers Grzegorz Welizarowicz and Zbigniew Bieńkowski. Together they created an interdisciplinary group Good Girl Killer (GGK). The artists combine movement, music and multimedia. In GGK, apart from group projects, she also created solo performances, i.e. Parallel (2009) and Konfetti (2010).

In November 2001, she was invited to participate in Plik 01, a performance created together with the group Made Inc. of Edyta Kozak. In 2003 she collaborated with Beata Sosnowska who was creating a multimedia book of verse W cieniu szumiących wind. In 2004 she participated in Odys – Seas; the performance took place in the former Gdańsk Shipyard as part of the international Project SEAS.

She also created own performances in and outside of the group, i.e. Teletransis (2002), Konstrukcja Symboliczna (2004), Junkie (2006), Yes Prince, no prince (Teatr Wytwórnia, 2007). Konstrukcja Symboliczna of Plastique Dod was created with a cultural scholarship from the city of Gdańsk.

Since 1999 she has run contemporary dance and improvisation workshops.

Magdalena Jędra. Portret
Konfetti.Fot. Jakub Wittchen.
Konfetti.Fot. Jakub Wittchen.
Junkie.Fot. Tomasz Zerek.
Junkie. Fot. Tomasz Zerek.





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