Ryszard Kalinowski – dancer, choreographer, teacher. He graduated in cultural and educational pedagogy (theatre and dance) from the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology, 1994). In 1992-1993 Kalinowski studied and acted in the pantomime theatre of Halina Studniarz in Lublin. Since 1996 he has participated in many theatre workshops in Poland and dance workshops in Poland and abroad. From 1993 to 2001 he was a dancer in the Contemporary Dance Group at the Lublin University of Technology (GTWPL); In 2001 he joined the Lublin Dance Theatre and he has been its art director since 2006. He has co-organized the International Dance Theatre Festival in Lublin and Contemporary Dance Forum in Lublin. In 2009–20011 he was a partner-coodinator of the Leonardo da Vinci’s project “Tour d’Europe des Choregraphes.” In 2011 he coordinated the panel Dance Institutions and Networks: a Need, an Opportunity or a Must at the 1st Dance Congress in Warsaw. He is also the author of the regional report on the status of dance in Lublin and Lublin Province, created especially for the Congress.
While in GTWPL, he created Pomiędzy, Soliloqium – on, ona, oni (together with Hanna Strzemiecka and Tomasz Siwek), Głosy (together with Hanna Strzemiecka) which was awarded 1st Prize at the 7th International Presentations of Contemporary Dance Forms in Kalisz (1999), and Z rachunku prawdopodobieństwa. He won the special prize for a dancer for his role in DC 586494 at 9th International Presentations of Contemporary Dance Forms in Kalisz (2001), and an honourable mention for a dancer for his role in Akrobaci, kwiaty i księżyc pomiędzy of the Lublin Dance Theatre, choreographed by Hanna Strzemiecka at the Łódź Theatre Festvial (2002). He created for the Lublin Dance Theatre the choreography Ku dobrej ciszy, which won an award at the 10th International Presentations of Contemporary Dance Forms in Kalisz (2002), received honourable mention at the Łódź Theatre Festival (2004) and was presented at the prestigious Internationaler Wettbewerb für Choreographen Competition in Hanover (2005). For his subsequent original choreography Bellissimo (2003), he received 2nd Prize at the International Competition Das Beste Deutsche Tanzsolo in Leipzig (2005) and was invited to participate in two another competitions for contemporary dance, i.e. Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart and Internationaler Wettbewerb für Choreographen in Hanover (both in 2006). His subsequent choreographies for the Lublin Dance Theatre are: I znów, i jeszcze raz (2006), 48/4 (2007), NN. Wacławowi Niżyńskiemu (2008), endo (2009) and nano (2011). Together with the Theatre, he participated in many festivals in Poland and abroad, including the USA, France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, Spain and Finland. He also co-created, together with Łukasz Witt-Michałowski, Głód Knuta Hamsuna for Centralny Theatre in Lublin.
He also has produced choreographies for drama theatres, i.e. for Don Juan for Ostrewa Theatre in Lublin and Pasja Lubelska directed by Jerzy Połoński. His work in the field of culture and dance was twice rewarded, i.e. he received the Prize of the Mayor of Lublin for career achievement in the field of culture (2001) and the Theatre Prize of the Mayor of Lublin for his artistic and cultural work for the city (2003).