Founders:

Tomasz Rodowicz

Tomasz Rodowicz

Artistic Director of CHOREA Theatre. An actor, director, musician, teacher, educator, theatre instructor, university lecturer, earlier also a historian of philosophy and bee-keeper. Born in 1951 in Warsaw. A graduate of the Department of History of Philosophy at the Warsaw Theological Academy. A co-founder of the first social therapy centre for the young addicts in Poland. He has cooperated with Jerzy Grotowski and Teatr Laboratorium between 1974-1979 on the para-theatrical initiatives. The co-founder and key actor of the Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice", its member and the leader of educational programs between the years 1977-2003. The co-founder of CHOREA Theatre Association and its leader since 2004. The artistic director of Fabryka Sztuki in Łódź since 2007. The artistic director of International Theatre Festival Retroperspektywyand the Nationwide Theatre Festival Perspektywy. The lecturer at the following universities: the University of Łódź, AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow (Bytom branch), The Leon Schiller National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź. The leader of multiple international educational, didactic, artistic projects and research expeditions for actors, theatre coaches and culture animators from around the world. Innovative musical and physical training expert and theatre workshop specialist. Worldwide authority in leading workshops for actors, dancers, singers, musicians, theatre instructors and culture animators. Author of a handbook "Actors phisical training. From individual to group actions". In 2014 he was awarded the Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Received "O!2017" award in the “Theatre” category by O.pl Polski Portal Kultury. In 2018 he was awarded by the Mayor of the City of Łódź in recognition of his artistic achievements, culture protection and popularisation. In 2019 he received a Zygmunt Hübner “THEATRE FIGURE” award, established by Fundacja Teatru Myśli Obywatelskiej im. Zygmunta Hübnera - this way becoming part of distinguished laureates, i.e.: Anna Augustynowicz, Jan Englert, Jerzy Trela, Piotr Cieplak and Jacek Głomb.

Dorota Porowska

Dorota Porowska

Actress, theatre director, choreographer, theatre workshop instructor, academic lecturer. Leading member of Centre for Theatre Practices 'Gardzienice' in 1984-2003. Leader of theatrical workshops in Royal Shakespeare Company, at the Acting Departments Columbia on Stanford University and in the Institute of Meyerhold in Moscow. In 2002 co-created a dance group 'Labyrinth Dances'. CHOREA Theatre Association co-founder and member since 2004. Constantly works as an educator running workshops for students of theater and cultural studies at the Universities in Poznan, Lodz, Wroclaw, Lublin, Warsaw and School of Theater in Liège (Belgium).
In her artistic biography, apart from acting and directing theatre performances, she is occupied with analytical work on human creativity and perception, and the mechanisms which control our way of being in a separated space dedicated to the creative act. It is an unusual and very concrete space, natural for everyone, and it is worth visiting.... from time to time.

Elżbieta Rojek

Elżbieta Rojek

Actress, vocalist, folk singer, musician, pedagogue, theatre instructor. Graduate of Ukrainian Philology at the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin. She started her vocal career in the musical group Orkiestra Św. Mikołaja, exploring the Lemko and Hutsul musical traditions. In 1994-2005 actress of Centre for Theatre Practices 'Gardzienice'. In 2002, together with Dorota Porowska, she founded a dance project 'Labyrinth Dances', based and inspired by the idea of recreating dance and choreography from ancient Greek iconography. In 2005, together with Tomasz Rodowicz, Dorota Porowska and Maciej Rychły, she co-founded CHOREA Theatre Association. Since 2005 she collaborates with: the University of Jan Józef Lipski in Teremiski, founded by Danuta and Jacek Kuroń, and the Association For Earth, which creates projects addressed to refugees. Among others, she cooperates with neTTheatre and the Sztuka Nowa Association. She co-creates many artistic and musical projects, including: 'Przystanek Poezja' with Waldemar Rychły and Mandar Purandare, and 'Koncert Jeden / Wiele' with Karolina Cicha.
Endless imagination, desire to learn and to gain different experiences are her main features. She likes to change places and activities, but she also likes to come back to what she left - and the returns are different and better each time. She loves to travel, and she loves animals and nature. Probably if she could, she would be an ornithologist or physicist. She really likes people and their stories. She knows how to listen. She has friends all over the world. Kalinka, her sister's daughter, once said that she is 'a joker sometimes as funny as a clown'. She speaks Ukrainian and English, and she learns Greek too.

Lodz Team:

Janusz Adam Biedrzycki

Janusz Adam Biedrzycki

Actor, dancer, choreographer, theatre instructor and coach. A graduate of the Faculty of Humanities, specialization: Cultural Studies, Folklore and Ethnology, Theatre Studies and Film Studies at the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin. A graduate of Cultural Management at the Institute of Theory of Literature, Theatre and Audiovisual Arts of the University of Lodz. Co-founder and member of CHOREA Theatre Association. Graduate of 'Educator in the theatre' course, organized by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw. Awarded with the scholar of the Ministery of Culture and National Heritage in 2010 and 2014 and scholar of the Office of the City of Lodz in 2013 and 2017. Co-author of a textbook titled "Actors phisical training. From individual to group actions" (2015), developed in cooperation with the Leon Schiller National Film School in Łódź with the support of Music and Dance Institute. Theatre leader and workshop instructor in the international educational project „TAKE OVER: Seeing young audiences through young people’s eyes” (2015-2017), within the framework of European Commission’s programme of “Creative Europe” with the participation of British Council. He collaborates with: neTTheatre in Lublin, Pinokio Puppet and Actor Theatre in Lodz, Cinema Theatre in Michalowice and Kana Theatre in Szczecin, Kerning Theatre in Minsk, Earthfall Dance Company form Wales, Teatr Limen in Warsaw, Teatr „A3”, occupational therapy workshops in Świdnik, Social Integration Association, J.J.Lipski University of Science and Technology in Teremiski, Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek (Croatia), University of Warsaw (Theatre education), Poleski Ośrodek Sztuki (Erasmus+ international project, B.I.G.D.E.A.L.), Butoh master Kan Katsurą (Japan), choreographer and dancer Robert Hayden (USA), and director Dara Weinberg (USA). He has been continually running The Youth Theatre Group under the auspices of CHOREA Theatre since 2014. Experienced in leading theatre and dance workshops all over Poland and abroad. Co-choreographer, co-director and actor in performances: "Roosteras, badgers and other goats" (2010), and "Fall - PsychoSomaticGaym" monodrama (2010). Creator and producer of the series of workshops completed by the "The Ugly" performance (2013), created with the participation of youth at the risk of social exclusion. Creator, director and producer of "Vidomi" project and "Vidomi-Continuation" project, which was a series of dance workshops with the participation of blind and visually impaired people, completed by two performances "Vidomi" (2014) and "Darkness. What is hidden" (2017). Originator and director of the performance „The Hive. Secret social life” (2018), created within the framework of the theatre workshop series for the blind and people with visual impairments. Co-creator of the choreography of the performance "Hamlets Case Study" (2017), directed by Waldemar Raźniak and created in cooperation with Teatr CHOREA and National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. Director of performances: "Right here. Right now" (2019), and “iGeneration?" (2020) performed by the youth theatre group. The project originator and coordinator: „Jak w ulu!” (the series of educational and integration, interdisciplinary workshops organised for the blind and people with visual impairmentsas well as young animators from the Łódź area, 2018), and three editions of “Laboratorium Kreatywnego Działania” (the series of interdisciplinary training sessions and workshops on theatre studies for teachers, cultural animators, senior citizens and youth, 2019, 2020, 2021).
Romantic rationalist, pessimistic optimist, who believes that the world can still be changed. Idealistic Extroverted Lady of the House, forgotten gardener searching in the concrete. Living without sacrifices, with all emotions, feelings and dreams. To be - You have to learn how to compromise, and how to learn all the time, and how to be humble. And the rest is just distraction. Not trivializing the real feelings, only covering them. Always chasing a dream, but not leaving corpses along the way. Specific individuality, egocentricity, crazyness, sometimes transformating into obsessiveness and madness, sometimes a loner without a choise, and generally going his own way.

Maja Caban

Maja Caban

Actress, dancer, performer, culture manager and ashtanga yoga teacher. Member of CHOREA Theatre Association where she is working on various fields and is responsible for planning, fundraising coordinating and producing performances, concerts, educational, theatre and social projects. She danced since she was 5 years old, starting with folk dance and ballet, then discovering contemporary technics and contact improvisation, falling in love for couple of years in argentinian tango. She practices Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, focusing on steady development and finding harmony between body and mind. She cooperated with various artists in dance and theatre projects, for example with: Yukari Uto 'Nigero' project, Zorka Wollny 'Museum' and 'Composition for 12 actors and Lido factory' projects, v-js ElektroMoon on "Octopus Mantra" project, short movies 'Tactum' and 'Grzeczny-grzeszny' and dace performances 'Agui y Ahora' and 'Flying Circus'.
She loves eastern flavours, cooking, dancing, laughing and occasionally leaving everything behindand and travel. Jan Wieslaw's wife, mother of Zosia and Wiesio.

Joanna Chmielecka

Joanna Chmielecka

Actress, vocalist, performer. Born in 1985 in Lodz (Poland). In 2000-2004 worked in independent Anilis Theatre, lead by Anna Ciszowska. In 2009 graduated M.A. in Culture and Theatre Studies at the University of Lodz. Since 2008 a member of CHOREA Theatre group, where she works as actress, vocalist, dancer, workshop instructor, coordinator of artistic and educational projects.
She cooperated with theatre directors, choreographers and composers: Tomasz Rodowicz (Poland), Ewgienij Korniag (Korniag Theatre, Belarus), Ruthie Osterman (Israel), Robert Hayden (USA), Jim Ennis and Jessica Cohen (Earthfal, UK), Janusz Adam Biedrzycki (Poland), Waldemar Raźniak (Poland), Juni Dahr (Norway), Konrad Dworakowski (Poland),  Łukasz Kos (Poland), Tomasz Krzyżanowski (Poland), Monika Dalach (Poland), Maciej Maciaszek (Poland), Verity Standen (UK), Zorka Wollny (Germany), Vagner Barbosa (Brasil), Łukasz Lach (Poland), Igor Gawlikowski (Poland), Paweł Odorowicz (Poland), Piotr Klimek (Poland).
In 2015 she performed and sang in a interdysciplinary outdoor performance 'Dialogus De Passione', performed in 'Concert of Spacial Music' in Lodz Philharmonic, recorded solo vocal parts to a soundtrack for theatre performance 'Hydro-Cosmos' in Pantomime Theatre in Wroclaw, sung in a performance 'Composition for 12 actors and Lido factory' created in cooperation of Nowy Theatre in Lodz and Museum of Art in Lodz, recorded solo vocal parts in a musical album 'Lullabies' published by Universal Music Poland. In the years 2015-2019 she singed and played percussion instruments in performance 'The Jungle Book' in Pinokio Theatre in Lodz. In 2016 she sung in a concert 'L.Story' created by a musical band L.Stadt, she performed in a musical project 'HUG' directed and composed by Verity Standen (UK), and recorded a solo vocal parts to a soundtrack for a performance 'Body' for Theatre O.de.la from Rzeszów. In 2017 she performed in site-specific performance "We live in the City of Revolution" directed by Ewa Otomańska, she recorded vocal parts to a soundtrack for a dance performance 'Psyche' directed by Ilona Gumowska, she performed in 'Samograj' performance directed by Konrad Dworakowski in Pinokio Theatre in Lodz. In 2018 she sung in Polish-Norway concert 'Foretell Livet' in Sandvika Tearer in Oslo, with participation of jazz musicians: Arve Henriksen, Tord Gustavsen, Kenneth Ekornes and Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat. In 2019 she performed in 'Urok Tuwima' musical performance and 'Don Kichot' performance, both directed by Konrad Dworakowski in Pinkio Theatre in Lodz. Since 2019, in a duet with Tomasz Rodowicz, she directs and performs in the performance 'me, god', based on the texts of Jerzy Grotowski. In 2020, she became the vocalist of the band Ładne Kwiatki, created by Piotr Klimek (music) and Konrad Dworakowski (lyrics). From December 2020, she performs as a guest actress in the performance 'Władczyni Much' at the Ludowy Theater in Krakow (directed by Konrad Dworakowski, music by Piotr Klimek, scenography by Marika Wojciechowska).

Joanna Filarska

Joanna Filarska

Culture animator and educator, coordinator of artistic, social and educational projects. Worked in the Community Center of Alternative Education in Lodz, in the common day-room for pre-school children 'Kraina Pełna Skarbów' in Lodz, and as an educator and animator at the University of Jan Józef Lipski in Teremiski. She coordinates artistic, social and educational projects in CHOREA Theatre and Fabryka Sztuki in Lodz. She leads and coordinates a year-round cultural education program 'Creative Workshops in Fabryka Sztuki in Lodz'. She works with youth and children groups, leading music and theatre workshops. She also works with the local community, cooperates with schools and organizes the audience. She was a scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2015. She studies Theatre Pedagogy" at Warsaw University. I CHOREA Theatre she leads Children Theatre Group and creates performances: "Theatre jokes" i „The City“. She sings with pleasure. She performs in CHOREA Theatre concerts: 'Songs of the World', 'Lullabies', 'Concert of Ancient Music', 'Engi Vengi', "Hello Pinky Mouse!", and in CHOREA Theatre performances: 'The Bacchae', 'Vidomi', 'Darkness'. 
In life and work she likes the uncertainty.

Julia Jakubowska

Julia Jakubowska

Theatre and film actress, physical theatre performer, theatre creator trying her hand at directing. Born in Lodz in 1986. In 2010 graduated Cultural and Theatre Studies on the University of Lodz. She works with several independent theatre groups and is an emerging creator. Since 2008 she is a member of CHOREA Theatre, acting in the following performances: "The Bacchae", "TOV/Good", "Oratorium Dance Project", "Grotowski - an attempt to retreat". She also works as an individual creator and community-art developer in CHOREA Theatre artistic projects, for example: "Wszędodomni/Panhabitants" - workshops and performance created with the participation of homeless people (2011, 2013), "Abramka Fest" - community art project and festival dedicated to the poorest communities and streets of the city (2013), "About Love" - experimental theatre performance still being explored with series of exhibitions, performances and workshops (2014). She cooperates with Stereo Akt Theatre in Budapest (Hungary). Her selected works in Stereo Akt are: "Promenade - Urban Fate Tourism" (2013), "Close Encounters of the Different Kind" (2014), "We Hear You" (2015), "Etiquette. The Perfect Human" (2016), "Last Chance Clinic" (2017), „Europen Freaks". She is based both in Lodz and Budapest. And so in Hungary she cooperates with various independent artists and professional scenes: Budapest Operetta, with Péter Kárpáti (performances: "Two Women", "Gala") and Veronica Szabó („Queendom”). She also appeared in the following film productions: "Sunset” directed by Laszló Nemes, „Guerilla” directed by Karpati Mór, „Simone, une femme du siecle” directed by Olivier Dahan, „Black Spider” directed by Markus Fischer. She was awarded for her “Dialogi" drama in the 1st edition of Polish Playwright Competition „Lustro. Obraz. Iluzja.” in 2009. She received Francesca Candel award in 2014 for her work connected with the immigrant integration into Catalonia. In 2019 she was nominated for critics' choice award of Hungarian Theatre Journal for actors. She received her Art Scholarship of Cultural Department of the City of Łódź in 2020, which allowed her to create and direct “Princesses" performance. Presently an employee of Górna Community Centre in Lodz, where she is responsible for project management and is an animator of children's theatrical group.

Małgorzata Lipczyńska

Małgorzata Lipczyńska

Actress, dancer, choreographer, culture animator and pedagogue. Born in Zamosc. Lives in Lodz. Graduated from Social and Cultural Studies on UMCS University in Lublin (Poland). Dancer in the 'Labyrinth Dances' group. Co-founder and member of CHOREA Theatre Association. In 2006-2008 worked as choreographer, theatre and dance workshop instructor in Juliusz Osterwa Theatre in Lublin. As an actress, dancer and performer she cocreated many interdisciplinary theatre and artistic projects, for example: 'maProject' (international dance project in Vilnus, Lithuania), 'Kukła-Kantor/Remix' (neTTheatre, Lublin), 'Project Mermaids' (dir. Gerald Tyler, Warsaw), 'From the other side' (Korniag Theatre, Minsk). In 2011 she created her monodrama performance „forsuremaybe”, based on texts of Romanian writer Aglaia Veteranyi. She also worked as a dance instructor in creating an awarded CHOREA Theatre musical and dance performance 'Oratorium Dance Project'. Since 2012 she cooperates as dancer, writer and choreographer with KIJO Dance Theatre - a contemporary dance formation. She is an experienced theatre and dance workshop leader. She cooperates with the Warsaw University andInstitute of Polish Culture in Warsaw as a theatre instructor.
She likes when, from time to time, it gets a bit difficult. She likes to curse, make love and travel. She likes to laugh and she likes it when people are smiling. She likes a little sarcasm. She used to be crazy, but she got bored with it. She can't not to dance.

Anna Maszewska

Anna Maszewska

Actress, coordinator of artistic and entertainment events with high commercial potential. Since 2015, she has been involved in the production of cultural events as well as film and theatre education. A graduate of Cultural Studies with a specialization in Film Studies at the University of Lodz, and a student at the Faculty of Film Art Organization in Lodz Film School. In 2011-2015 she was an actress in ab'Teatr theatre group. In 2015 she worked as a coordinator at the 20th European Cinema Forum ORLEN Cinergia, and as a leader and an actress in Take Over theater group, working in CHOREA Theatre in Lodz, (performance "Error4040"). In 2016 she was a coordinator of the Skoda Mobile Cinema, organized as part of the Transatlantyk Festival. In 2016-2017 she worked as a production coordinator in art and event agency Ferment Kolektiv in Poznan, creating - among others - such projects as: 'Animator On Tour', 'Film Summer with Orange', and accompanying events during the 43rd Forum on the Cinema. In 2017 she was a production coordinator on the 22nd Forum of the European Cinema. Since 2018 general Cordinator of Retroperspectives International Theatre Festival. Since 2018 actress in CHOREA Theatre, she performs in: "Tragedia Jana" (dir.. W.Raźniak, 2018), "Księżniczki" (dir. Julia Jakubowska, 2020), video-performance "W wież zamknięta" (dir. Julia Jakubowska, 2020), "Good Morning Pinky Mouse!" (dir. Ola Shaya, 2021), "Death on a pear tree" (dir. Łukasz Kos, 2021).
With fierce curiosity and consistency, she expands hers reality. She admires people whose ideas fascinate her. In spite of all, she continuously falls in love with the ugly city of Lodz. She hates being late. She always eats everything from the plate. She has allergies to cats and all kinds of pollens. She always forgets all possible anniversaries. In old age, she plans to swim in a thick sweater on the Finnish lakes.

Wiktor Moraczewski

Wiktor Moraczewski

Cultural and theatre expert and teacher, graduate of Cultural Studies and Theatre Studies at the University of Lodz (Theatre in Contemporary Culture, Department of Drama and Theatre). Between the years 2014-2017 he cooperated with Górna Culture Centre in Lodz, where he co-organized, participated and developed Polish and international projects - like 'Radar' (2017), created by a method of Sensory Labirynth Theatre, of which he is a certified instructor. He gained experience and an european certificate in this field by participating in international theatre project 'Ritual Beyond Roots' held as part of the Erasmus+ program in Romania, and during international projects like 'Calypso - il teatro per il sociale' in Italy. Between the years 2015-2018 he cooperated with the Foundation - Theatre Institute of Mieczysław Hertz in Lodz. In 2016 he was adapting the text and creating dramaturgy for a performance of Anna Cichy-Fatyga 'Towards a Big Sea', directed by Jacek Orłowski. His involvement with the Institute spanned onto the preparation of the photo exhibition entitled “7.15 p.m.” within the framework of ”"(m)Łodzi” project. The exhibition was part of his BA dissertation („Teatr 7.15 of Grand Hotel in Łódź. Project description”), written under the supervision of professor Małgorzata Leyko. The dissertation covered the history of theatres located in the Grand Hotel of Łódź. The second part of this exhibition was presented in Art_Inkubator in Fabryka Sztuki duringThe National Theatre Festival Perspektywy 2017: Theatre - the avant-garde in action, and also during the 3rd Congress of Polish Theatre Studies Society. Has been working with Teatr CHOREA in Łódź since 2017 on various artistic, educational and social initiatives. And so he dedicated his MA thesis to this theatrical group (“Fifteen years of Teatr Chorea. The operation between the years 2004-2019”). He was the scriptwriter of the following performances staged for CHOREA Theatre: "Darkness. What is hidden"(directed by Janusz Adam Biedrzycki and Magdalena Paszkiewicz, created with the participation of youth with visual impairments, 2017), “The Hive. Secret Social life” (performance meant for children, youth and adults, 2018), “iGeneration?”(the performance with the participation of Youth Theatre Group, 2020). As an directors assistant and actor he participated in the performance of “Tragedy of John” (production of CHOREA Theeatre and Warsaw Theatre Association, 2018, directed by Waldemar Raźniak). He was also an animator at the theatrical and literature workshops within the framework of “Jak w ulu!” educational and integration project (CHOREA Theatre, 2018) “Laboratorium Kreatywnego Działania” educational project (CHOREA Theatre, 2019, 2020, 2021). In his role of a theatre teacher he has cooperated with pre-schools and schools of the Łódź area. Between the years 2019-2020 he cooperated with the Teachers’ Club in Łódź where he conducted classes in theatre and literature studies meant for teachers. Since the beginning of his studies he has been very active as a critic of festival magazines published during the following theatre events: Łódzki Festiwal Szkół Teatralnych and Ogólnopolski Festiwal Teatru Młodych „Dziatwa”. He published his texts in the following Łódź newspapers - “Kalejdoskop” and “Dziennik Łódzki”. He is the co-author of the publication on 15 years of CHOREA Theatre.

Ewa Otomańska

Ewa Otomańska

Dance instructor and student of Theatre Studies at the University of Lodz. Since 2011, she has been working with the CHOREA Theater as a workshops participant, dancer and performer in artistic and educational projects. Practitioner, theoretician and observer of off-theatre. In her work she wants to combine theoretical knowledge with practice, thus expanding the horizon of her own theatre search.
In 2010-2013 she was a participant, animator and instructor in a dance theatre workshops, directed to the youth, in terms of PaT program (Prevention and Theatre). Since 2014 she works with blind and visually impaired people, studying methods of working with the body in the context of this type of disability, as part of projects and performances: 'Art-Impulses', 'Vidomi' and 'Darkness'. Since 2016 she is directing outdoor performances 'You live in a city of revolution!', organized annually as part of celebrations of the anniversary of Lodz Uprising - Revolution of 1905. In 2017 she coordinated the volunteer groups during Perspektywy Theatre Festival. In 2017 together with Tomasz Rodowicz, she worked on the script and direction of the performance 'IN-NI', created in terms of the 40th Theater Meetings in Lodz. She also collaborated with: Pinocchio Theatre in Lodz, Nowy Theatre in Lodz, Piccolo Theatre, Górna Culture Centre, Kijo Dance Theatre, Centre of Culture and Art in Skierniewice.

Ola Shaya

Ola Shaya

Ola Shaya - curator, theater producer, culture animator, international projects creator, director and coordinator. A graduate of Cultural Studies at the University of Wrocław and Postgraduate Studies in Cultural Marketing at the University of Warsaw (in cooperation with National Cultural Centre). Scholarship holder of the Federation of the Scottish Theatre (2014/2015) and of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2015). Creator and Artistic Director of the Picture-Book Festival for Children "Dot + Dash" in Lodz (Poland) and the Festival of Polish Art for Children "Kite and Trumpet" in Edinburgh (Scotland) and Lodz (Poland). 
A lover of surrealism, ghosts, blue rabbits and pink mice. Her life motto is "Hey adventure, adventure!

Elina Toneva

Elina Toneva

Actress, vocalist, singer, performer, theatre instructor. Born in Sofia (Bulgaria). Graduated from Graphic Design Faculty in the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz. Instructor of Sport and Recreation in Academy of Physical Education in Poznan. Instructor of stage movement and singing in Film School in Lodz. Instructor of Krav Maga - Israeli self-defense and combat system. Training expert of marshal arts, combat and self-defense systems. One of the founders of 'Ancient Orchestra' - musical project in Center of Theatre Practices Gardzienice. Member of CHOREA Theatre Association since 2004. One of the leaders in CHOREA's educational and workshop program. Instructor of traditional Balkan vocal and dance techniques. Experianced in leading fisical, vocal, and dance workshops for actors, musicians, dancers and theatre instructors all over the world. Theatre workshop leader, physical theatre training specialist.

Ongoing cooperation:

Joanna Jaworska-Maciaszek

Joanna Jaworska-Maciaszek

Dancer, choreographer, actress. She cooperates with O.de.la Theatre in Rzeszów, she has danced in the following productions: "Koniec, początek – soma” / "The end, the beginning - SOMA" (2018), "Macondo" (2010) and "Harey", choreographed by Marta Bury. Dancer of Pracownia Fizyczna (Physical Studio), run by Jacek Owczarek in Lodz. During the work of the group, she has danced in the performances "Meandrująca rzeka” / ”Meandering River", "A3" and "Re:akcja” / ”Re:action", presented at the Polish Dance Platform. She has cooperated with choreographers from Poland and abroad, among others as a dancer with Rosanna Gamson World Wide (Los Angeles), as an assistant to choreographer Robert M. Hayden in the second installment of the "Oratorium Dance Project" of the CHOREA Theatre, in the performative project "Topologie” / ”Topologies" by the French group Les gens d'Uterpan. Originator of the performance "ĆMY" / ”MOTHS”, which she created together with three dancers of Pracownia Fizyczna. Dancer in the performance "Matryca [Prześwit 1/8]" / ”Stencil [Clearance 1/8]", directed by Paweł Grala, awarded in ”The Best Off” competition for the best Polish independent theatre performance. She created or co-created the choreography for CHOREA Theatre performances: "2.0.4.5. Metaphysical mini-opera”, "Salto mortale", "me, god", "Schulz: Scraps", Schulz: Loop"She is a dancer and actress in CHOREA Theatre performances: "Oratorium Dance Project", "2.0.4.5. Metaphysical mini-opera", "Tragedy of John", "Locked in a tower") Co-organizer of interdisciplinary improvisation meetings KIPISZ in Lodz. She teaches dance and movement. She performs, improvises, and as far as dance is concerned, she is fascinated in intuition, energy flow, and work on conscious being in her own body.

Tomasz Krzyżanowski

Tomasz Krzyżanowski

Composer, musician, arranger, producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist. Music director in CHOREA Theatre. Born in 1983 in Swidnik (Poland). Draws inspiration from different musical cultures and musical styles, mainly from the Middle and Far East, India, Iberian Peninsula, Ancient Greece and Balkans. Composition is his main occupation. He composes music for theatre, movies, art projects, performances, animation, computer games. He is a co-creator and member of CHOREA Theatre Association, where since 2004 he coordinates and leads the musical work. Since 2011 he is the leader of CHOREA Theatre Choir. He is a co-founder and percussionist in alternative Lodz music band The Blue Rabbit. Since 2006, together with CHOREA Theatre, he regularly leads theatre, music, rhythm workshops all around the world (in RedCat and CalArts in Los Angeles, Center for the Arts at Delphi, in St. Donats Atlantic College in Wales, in Old Tehelni Slovakia, Meyerhold Center in Moscow, at the Theatre Atalaya in Sevilla, in Espacio Espiral in Santander, at the Festival of Giving Voice in Aberystwith, at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw and many others). The workshops are intended for actors, musicians, dancers, performers.

Maciej Maciaszek

Maciej Maciaszek

An unconventional trumpeter, singer, musician, self-taught composer, actor. He began his musical education in the Grójec Fire Brigade Orchestra. However, it was not the solemn marches that captured him, but Jazz, whose theory he began to secretly explore. As a would-be Polish and Indian philologist, he dropped out of college, just to jump on alternative musical toplists, by performing music form few thousand years ago, along with the musical formation 'The Ancient Orchestra'. He became an actor when it turned out that 'The Ancient Orchestra' music group was in fact a camouflaged theatre collective. In the newly formed CHOREA Theatre Association as an actor, musician and composer, he insistently tried to smuggle the themes and threads of the so-called entertainment music, to ultimately contribute to the creation of a subversive project 'Antiquity/Trans/Formation'. As he does not go to the church nor the Philharmonics, in the 'Oratory Dance Project' as a composer he became a representative of the excluded culture from before Christ and Bach. He still hopes that it is possible to civilize a barbarian... or maybe to barbarize the Civilization?

Paweł Odorowicz

Paweł Odorowicz

Musician (viola), improviser, composer, arranger, sideman, recording engineer. Born in 1973 in Lublin (Poland). Graduated form Crakow Music Academy in 1998, and in 2011-2014 a lecturer at the Department of Contemporary Music, Jazz and Percussion at the Cracow Music Academy. In 2011 and 2014 he received the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarships for: 'Milosz in living pictures' - multimedia show based on poetry of Nobel's awarded polish writer Czeslaw Milosz (2011), and 'Zabawianki, wyliczanki, kołysanki, czyli Kolberg dzieciom' - songs and music plays for children based on traditional polish music (2014). In 2017 he received the President of The Lublin City scholarschip for composition of music for string quartet based on traditional polish music. In 2016 he became a laureate of the 'Real Musicians Tournament' in Philharmonic in Szczecin. He is a two-time Grand Prix winner in the 'New Tradition' Folk Music Contest organized by Polish Radio: in 2014 with the group Trzy Dni Później, and in 2017 with the original project 'Songs of Transition' performed by the duo Grochocki_Odorowicz. He is cooperating with famous polish theatre director Leszek Mądzik (Scena Plastyczna KUL), creating live music for his theatre shows 'Out of the darkness' (Warsaw, 2015), 'Furrow II' (Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015), 'Gate. Piotrkowska 26' (Lodz, 2016), '(She) leaves' (Wrocław, 2016), - 'Corset' (Lodz, 2016). Paweł Odorowicz tooks part in over 40 CD and DVD records. He cooperates with CHOREA Theatre since 2013. He performs in CHOREA Theatre projects, performanceas and concerts: 'Gilgamesh' (2013), 'Lullabies' (2013), 'After The Birds' (2016), and performs and composes music in: 'Spojrzystośc' (2017), 'IN_NI' (2017), 'The Hive' (2018), 'CHOREA. The Night of Music' (2019), 'iGeneration?' (2020), 'Schulz: Scraps' (2020) 'Schulz: Loop' (2020), 'We should be...' (2021).

Magdalena Paszkiewicz

Magdalena Paszkiewicz

Dancer, choreographer, Master of Physics, Doctor of Economics, modern dance instructor, senior lecturer at PWSZ (State College of Applied Sciences) in Skierniewice. Head of PRO Dance Theatre at Lodz Community Centre (since 1998 she has been connected with PRO Dance Theatre as a dancer). Major premieres, direction, co-choreography and dance: "Border Line" 2007 (directorial debut), "Roboczogodziny, czyli Kobiecość Krańcowa" / ”Man-hours, that is Extreme Femininity” 2009, "Historie być może prawdziwe" / ”Stories That Might be Real” 2012, "Wióry lecą!" / ”Breaking eggs!” 2012, "Pokojówki" / ”Maids” 2013. Actress of the Theatre of Several People. Premieres: directed by M. Glinkowski: "Słowa pomieszane ze snami" / ”Words Mingled with Dreams” (based on prose poetry by Zbigniew Herbert) 2010; "Orfeusz" / ”Orpheus” (stage adaptation of a poem by Czesław Miłosz ”Orpheus and Eurydice” and texts by Virgil, Herbert and R.M.Rilke) 2012. Director and choreographerof CHOREA Theatre performances: ”Vidomi” (2014), “Brzydal” / ”The Ugly” (2013), monodrama “Upadek. Psycho-Somatic-Gaym” / ”Fall. Psychosomatic-Gaym” (2010), ”Ciemność. To co jest ukryte” / ”Darkness. What is Hidden” (2017), ”Rój. Sekretne życie społeczne” / ”The Hive. Secret Social Life” (2018). Creator of choreographic workshops for blind and visually impaired teenagers during such projects as ”Art-Impulsy” / ”Art-Impulses” (2014), “Vidomi-Kontynuacje” / ”Vidomi-Continuation” (2015). Dance instructor in the project ”Jak w ulu!” / ”As in Hive!” (2018). Workshop instructor in two editions of educational and artistic project "Laboratorium Kreatywnego Działania” / ”Laboratory of Creative Actions", led by CHOREA Theatre.

Nonresident Team:

Hubert Domański

Hubert Domański

Actor, singer, performer, educator, cultural animator, theater teacher and pedagogue, leader of young theatre groups. Constantly cooperates with CHOREA Theatre, Association of Own Initiatives 'Inspirations', Association "This Way." Multiple laureate of awards form the Starost and the President of Puławy. In 2017 he was awarded for his work in the field of culture by the Marshal of the Lublin Province. Constantly cooperates with the Community Self-Help Center and the Special Educational and Social Center in Puławy.

Małgorzata Jabłońska

Małgorzata Jabłońska

Theatre and culture researcher. Deals with the history and problematics of actors training and the methodology of describing the dramaturgy of the body in a theatre performance, mainly in the alternative theatre area. Preparing a doctoral thesis: 'Towards the dramaturgy of the body. Influence of the biomechanics of Vsevolod Emilevich Meyerhold on the concepts of actors training in the European theatre of the 20th Century' at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Permanent cooperator of Jerzy Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, where in 2013 she organized first in Poland international conference devoted to the work of Vsevolod Meyerhold - 'Theater Practices of Vsevolod Meyerhold'. In Grotowski Institute she was also a coordinator of scientific projects, created as part of the International Theater Olympics 2016. Co-author of the handbook 'Actors phisical training. From individual to group actions'. A member of the Polish Theatre Research Society, the Nationwide Theater Offensive and the International Platform for Performer Training. Co-creates the Theatre Researchers Forum - a collective working for the democratization of the discourse in theatre. Cooperates with 'Didaskalia' and 'nietak!t' theatre periodicals.

Paweł Korbus

Paweł Korbus

Visual artist, performer, author of video works and installations, actor. He combines techniques of working with body, voice and various media from the field of visual arts. Interested in corporality and body under the influences and pressures of culture, experiences and emotions, mental sphere in a state of uncertainty, the suspension in a situation of conflicting needs and a subject to cultural disciplines. He crosses geographical and social distances. He enters relations and tests his behavior in situations of being a stranger. Korbus is a graduate of Art Education at the Institute of Fine Arts of the Faculty of Art at Maria Skłodowska-Curie University in Lublin, and also a scholarship holder of the Visegrad Artist Residency Program 2016, and Art Scholarship of President of City of Lublin 2017. He performed on many internationals festivals, like: Performance Platform Lublin (Poland, 2009), Performance Month (Berlin, Germany, 2014), Supermarket Independent Art Fair (Stockholm, Sweden), Bruno Schulz Festival (Drohobych, Ukraine), Bedesten Festival (Antioch, Turkey), Forgetting/Remembering Performance Art Meeting (Istanbul, Turkey, 2017).
All the time on the road, travels back and forth. Always gloating. Occupied with love and pleasure. Independent, visual, performative.

Dominika Krzyżanowska Gorzkiewicz

Dominika Krzyżanowska Gorzkiewicz

Culture manager, producer, actress, singer. Master of Arts in Cultural Studies. She graduated from the 'Gardzienice' Academy of Theatre Practices. She co-founded CHOREA Theatre Association, for which she settled in Lodz for 10 years. In addition to her artistic work in CHOREA, she coordinated the finances of the theatre, under the grateful nickname 'Budget Mama'. Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. She loves to lead educational, theatre, music and art workshops for children. Currently she works in the Center of Culture in Lublin, where together with Pracownia Sztuczka, she organizes, executes and leads educational and artistic projects - including the innovative on a national scale the 'Wild Children's Reserve'. She knows almost everything about financial art grants, funds and subsidies, she distinguishes 'gross' from the 'net' and likes to make financial reports. Antek's mother. Co-owner of the 'Znaki Specjalne' ('Special Signs') brand. A beginner in snowboarding. Car driving enthusiast, with a tendency to develop the speed.

Sean Palmer

Sean Palmer

Born in 1977. Dad, husband, independent vocal/theatre artist. Sean primarily works in theatres as an actor, composer or director, and lives in Warsaw, Poland since 2008. He has been a member of the Chorea family since its first incarnation - Orkeistra Antyczna - in 2001.
As actor he has performed in the Meyerhold Centre in Moscow ('After the Birds', CHOREA Theatre), Covent Garden Opera House, London ('Mac//Beth', Teatr De Oscuro) and the National Opera in Warsaw ('Oresteia', dir. Michał Zadara). 
Since 2016 he increasingly specialises in performances for younger audiences. Most notably, directing the final project of 'PODAJ DALEJ' youth project (for Stuka Nowa Association, 2016), composing live beatbox music for 'DOM' (Teatr Baj, dir. Sebastian Świąder, 2017), Co-directing, co-composing and devising '10 Śmiesznych Wierszyków. Niepiosenki' (commission for 21.Biennale Sztuki dla Dziecka, Poznan, 2017) and writing, directing and co-composing 'PIG IN A WIG IN SPACE' (Pig in a Wig Theatre, his own company, 2017).
He is now co-devising 'Biblia 3' (Nowy Teatr, dir. Michał Zadara, 2018), and preparing an experimental radio play on the topic of Janusz Korczak entitled 'The Dreamer in Our House' for the Theatre Institute in Warsaw.
Sean is also an unorthodox (read ‘untrained’) composer and conductor leading two large choirs in Warsaw. POLIN Choir (2014, with Kuba Pałys) a community choir resident at the POLIN Museum, and Gre Badanie Chór Eksperymentalny - his own experimental group founded in 2010. Both are active artistically with at least two concerts a year with original music.
Sean loves to run and writes about it on his blog a 'Vegan Not-Quite-Ultra Runner’s Diary'.

Paweł Passini

Paweł Passini

Born in 1977. Awarded Polish theatre director, playwright, composer, musician, performer and actor. Creator and director of neTTheatre - the world's first online theatre, placed in Lublin. The winner of Konrad Swinarski Award for the best director in season 2012/2013 - for a loud performance "Morrison/Śmiercisyn". He studied philosophy and cultural studies at the University of Warsaw. He graduated from the Academy of Theatre Practices in Gardzienice. In 2004 he graduated from the Directing Department at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. He became one of the precursors of interactive theatre in Poland, in which - in contrast to traditional theatre - media are used. Paweł Passini was nominated for Polityka Passport Award twice.

Izabela Śliwa

Izabela Śliwa

MA in philosophy, scriptwriter, vice-president of the Sztuczne Artistic Association, director of theater performances, including: 'Mamałyga', 'Ubu roi' with the participation of actors from Nancy (France), 'Milarepa' together with a vocal ensemble from Tibet, as part of the Multicultural Lublin Festival - Merdytacje. She is artistically connected with CHOREA Theatre (participation in performances: 'Theseus in the Labyrinth', 'After the Birds', 'Oratorium Dance Project', 'Antygone'). She directed performances for children: 'Fju, fju', 'Flea Sza', 'Bobo Bu', 'Nano Ka', 'Wio!Sny', 'Latamy', 'Je-sień-nie-sie', 'O!Zima', and a concert of the Zespół Deficytu Natury. She designs and creates scenography and costumes for all her performances, which always are a complementary element of each one of them. She was a scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2014. Co-founder of Pracownia Sztuczka at the Center of Culture in Lublin. Initiator and coordinator of the 'Wild Children's Reserve' project. Currently she is studying psychology - as part of expanding her competences in working with children and for children. Privately she is a mother of two children.

Iga Załęczna

Iga Załęczna

Culture animator, actress, choreographer, dancer, theatre director. A graduate of Theatre Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She graduated from the Academy of Theatre Practices in Gardzienice (2003) and Choreography and Dance Techniques at the Academy of Music in Łódź (2012). A member and co-founder of CHOREA Theatre Association, in which she produced her own theatre projects ('Wind in pines', 'Roosters, Badgers and other Goats', 'Daughter of her own mother', 'Isla Cisneros'). She collaborates with Paweł Passini, director of Nettheatre, performing in his productions: 'Szczeźli', 'Drugi pokój', 'Tehillim/Psalms', 'Wszystkie rodzaje śmierci', 'Turandot', 'Kukła.Księga Brzasku', 'Ala ma sen', 'Widma'. She takes part in independent theatre projects, including: 'Vulva' (dir. J.Lewicka, Lublin 2014). She leads workshops and training sessions for people working in the area of artistic education. Since 2012 she is leading regular classes of directing and stage expression techniques at the Post-secondary School for Culture Animators in Wroclaw. In 2015, she completed the course of Forum Theatre, and started her independent work using this theatre method. In the same year she received a scholarship under the Program 'Knowledge - Education - Development' 2014-2020 (PO WER) - International Internships, which was associated with a two-month training and course in Fabbrica Europa Foundation in Florence and at the Teatro Era Centro per la Sperimentazione e la Ricerca Teatrale in Pontedera. The completed project won the competition organized by the Foundation for the Development of Education System: EDUinspiracje 2017. Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2010, 2011 and 2017. As part of the art scholarship granted in 2017, she completed the project: 'Forum Theatre - an annual cycle of workshops and performances'. Currently she is gaining coaching qualifications at the School of Drama, run by the Drama Way Foundation in Warsaw.

Cooperation:

Cooperation:

Adrian Bartczak
Marcin Cecko
Tomasz Ciesielski
Jessica Cohen
Marina Dashuk
Konrad Dworakowski
Jim Ennis
Bartosz Figurski
Rosanna Gamson
Paweł Głowaty
Robert M.Hayden
Tomasz Hołubowicz
Dominika Jarosz
Katarzyna Jasińska (Gra-Fika)
Michał Jóźwik
Paweł Klepacz
Katarzyna Knychalska
Jewgienij Korniag
Tomasz Jimmy Kowalski (Harmony Art)
Milena Kranik
Tomasz Krukowski
Kuba Krzewiński
Aleksandra Kugacz-Semerci
Ruthie Osterman
Kuba Pałys
Maria Porzyc
Michał Ratajski
Wldemar Raźniak
Mertcan Semerci
Rami Shaya (HOLLYBABA)
Justyna Sobieraj-Bednarek
Maciej Staniecki
Daria Szymańska
Katarzyna Tadeusz
Wojciech Traczyk 
Robert Wasiewicz
Dara Weinberg 
Hubert Zemler

Kwartet Smyczkowy Befane
Electro Moon Vision
Teatr Tańca KIJO
Teatr Figr Kraków
Zespół Kormorany
Zespół L.Stadt

CHOREA Theatre Choir:

CHOREA Theatre Choir:

Elizabet Araj, Joanna Chmielecka, Barbara Cieślewicz, Joanna Filarska, Sandra Gierzek, Barbara Guzek, Katarzyna Haniszewska, Dominika Jarosz, Michalina Jędrzejczak, Majka Justyna, Joanna Kłos, Milena Kranik, Anna Przybyt, Anna Redlin, Aleksandra Rutowicz, Justyna Sobieraj-Bednarek, Marta Sterna, Aleksandra Szałek, Elina Toneva, Paulina Tralewska, Alicja Tranda, Maciej Bednarek, Jacek Czapnik, Marcin Kobyliński, Tomasz Krzyżanowski, Jacek Witych

Special Thanks:

Special Thanks:

Berenika Barczak
Mariusz Bartosiak
Sławomir Bobula
Anna Bogdanowicz
Marcin Brzozowski
Krzysztof Candrowicz
Mateusz Cieślak
Anna Ciszowska
Bibianna Chimiak
Monika Dąbrowska
Melania Dominiak
Lech Dzierżanowski
Małgorzata Gaduła-Zawratyńska
Piotr Grabowski
Natalia Grosiak
Daniel Jacewicz
Hanna Gzella-Jastrzębska
Monika Kamieńska
Kan Katsura
Anna Kaźmierak
Sebastian Klim
Maciej Kobalczyk
Irena Lewkowicz
Grzegorz Lindenberg
Wojciech Machajek
Pola Matuszewska
Ludmiła Mielczarek
John Moran
Robert Niżnik
Marcin Polak
Natalia Przybysz
Anna Raczkowska
Arkadiusz Rogoziński
Piotr Rogucki
Maciej Rychły
Piotr Starzyński
David Sypniewski
Krzysztof Szmytke
Aleksandra Ścibor
Maciej Trzebeński
Kamila Turkowska
Grzegorz Wierus
Piotr Witkowski
Grzegorz Woźniak
Jakub Wiewiórski
Barbara Zajączkowska
Krzysztof Zalewski
Stanisław Zaremba
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