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Zdjęcie: Tomasz Kajdański

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Tomasz Kajdański is a dancer, choreographer, and head of the ballet of the Poznań Opera House. He graduated from the State Higher Ballet School in Warsaw and danced on the stage of the Teatr Wielki. In 1979 he left Poland and continued his career in Germany. He was a soloist of the ballet of the Theater der Stadt Heidelberg and the Bayerischer Oper in Munich, where he danced for John Neumeier, John Cranko, Jirí Kylián, Hans van Manen, and Youri Vmos. From 1992 to 2003 Kajdański was the director of the ballet of the theatre in Rostock. At the same time he led the ballet of the Landestheater in Coburg (1995-97) and of Kieler Bühnen in Cologne (1997-98). In 2004 he took over as the head of the ballet company of the Thüringer Landstheater in Eisenach, while in 2009 he was appointed the director of the ballet of the Anhaltischen Theater in Dessau. 


He has choreographed his own versions of a range of ballet classics: Cinderella (Prokofiev), The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky), The Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky), Carmen (Bizet), Carmina (Buran Orff). He has developed ballet adaptations of major literary pieces: Otello, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Lulu, The Ring of the Nibelung, Peer Gynt, The Lower Depths, Kasper Hauser; biographical ballets: Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn, and pieces for children: Max and Moritz and Snow White and Seven Dwarfs. He has devised choreographies for numerous operas, operettas, and musicals. His ballet Tchaikovsky was nominated for the Faust theatre award in 2006.





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