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Zdjęcie: Małgorzata Matuszewska

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Małgorzata Matuszewska is a dancer and choreographer, founder and director of Teatr Tańca NTF (TTNTF), the sole dance company in Poland combining Spanish dance techniques with other dance and theatre forms. She is also the founder and president of Fundacja Tradycji i Transformacji Sztuki.


Matuszewska has worked with Spanish dance since 1990. She has participated in numerous courses and individual classes with outstanding flamenco and Spanish dance performers, including Spains most eminent artists (Eva La Yerbabuena, Matilde Coral, Gala Vivancos, Antonio Najarro), as well as artists from France, Austria, Germany and Poland. As a participant in a number of courses, she studied the fundamental techniques in Spanish historical and folk dances, working with such specialists as Manuel Segovia and Ana Yepes; she also became familiar with a range of dance and acting technique, including dance improvisation and composition (Ewa Wycichowska), Tadeusz Kantors Cricot 2 theatre technique (Andrzej Wełmiński, Marie Vayssiere), contemporary butoh dance (Ko Murobushi), Labans system of dance analysis and notation (Urszula Loba-Wilgocka), and Indian dance (Gitanjali Koland). She has also worked as a researcher in the history of Spanish dance.  


A holder of the professional dancer diploma issued by the Association of Polish Stage Artists (ZASP), Matuszewska has implemented numerous artistic projects and dance theatre pieces with Teatr Tańca NTF. Her work has been inspired above all by fine arts, including Camille Claudel (Camille Claudel Kyojo produced in 2002 for the International Meeting of Live Arts CROSSROADS), Tadeusz Kantor (Infantka wedle Kantora produced in 2009 as part of the residency competition Rezydencja/Premiera), Paul Delvaux (theatre piece/film Miasto Syren Nocny Pociąg produced in 2012 at the former railway station Warszawa Główna).


Matuszewska has performed with a range of flamenco and classical music artists, including harpsichordist Elżbieta Stefańska, guitarist Leszek Potasiński, and vocalists Beatriz Blanco and Magdalena Navarrete.


Matuszewskas collaborations as dancer and choreographer include such companies as the Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw, Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, Wrocław Opera, and the Cracovia Danza Court Ballet. She has also been featured in TV and radio shows, in television theatre; she has appeared at numerous festivals and presented at a range of music conferences.


As a dance pedagogue, Matuszewska has collaborated with many dance schools and festivals nationwide. A pioneer of the Warsaw flamenco milieu, she was the first teacher and professional flamenco dancer based in Warsaw, and one among the first in Poland.

From 2004 through 2013, Matuszewska ran her own dance school. In 2000, she founded Teatr Tańca NTF (Not Only Flamenco Dance Theatre), and in 2009 she established Fundacja Tradycji i Transformacji.


Matuszewska is the author of Tropem Carmen tytułowej bohaterki opery Bizeta (In the footsteps of Carmen, the eponymous heroine of Bizets opera), published in 2014 as part of the conference proceedings by the University of Białystok (ed. Ludmiła Furman).


Since 2015, Matuszewska has been a regular collaborator of the Cervantes Institute in Warsaw, where she has implemented such projects as the Meetings with Spanish Dance Danza Espaola (February 2016). She is a member of the Warsaw-based artists associated within the Centre for Dance Art in Warsaw.

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