Kaya Kołodziejczyk

dancer and choreographer

Photo: Magda StarowieyskaA graduate of the Warsaw Ballet School and PARTS in Brussels, she also holds a degree from the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK). From 2004 to 2009 she worked with Rosas, Brussels, performing in: Rain, Grosse Fuge, Bitches Brew Tacoma Narrows, D’un soir un jour, and Steve Reich Evening. She has danced in pieces by the top choreographers of the turn of the 20th and 21st century: Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Trisha Brown, and William Forsythe, among others. In 2009 ballettanz critics named her the most interesting young dancer of the year. She has also worked on pieces by Mette Ingvartsen, Kris Verdonck, Szymon Rogiński, David Wampach, Rafał Urbacki, Anu Czerwiński, and Aleksandra Wasilkowska. At the Teatr Wielki ‒ Polish National Opera she performs in Mariusz Treliński’s production of The Flying Dutchman (2012) and Maja Kleczewska’s La voix humaine (2016).

From 2007 to 2013 Kaya worked as part of an independent artistic collective U/LOI − Universal Law of Impermanence. Their performances were mostly shown outside of theatres, in urban, post-industrial, or gallery spaces, and included :PK: (Łódź 4 Cultures Festival, 2009), Brith out (premiered at the Crossroads International Meetings of Live Arts, Warsaw, 2008), and Off Żak Projekt (Gdańsk Dance Festival, 2010).

Currently, she is an independent artist, devising her own pieces and collaborating with other artists, both at home and abroad. Her choreographies incorporate different  art disciplines, aesthetic approaches, and dance techniques. Noteworthy examples include: Legendy (Rozbark Theatre, Bytom, 2014), the solo SOL (Maat Festival, Lublin, 2013), Exkurs set to music by Szymon Brzóska (Trafostacja Sztuki, Szczecin, 2013), or Oh, Noh set to music by Szymon Brzóska (Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2012).

Her pieces are distinctive for their authenticity, sensitivity, and a spatial approach to musical layers. Her preference for the interdisciplinary and openness to experimentation manifested themselves in her open-air production of Karol Szymanowski’s opera Harnasie (Music on the Heights Festival, Zakopane, 2012), and Aria di Prefiche, which forms a part of the triptych Ogniwa (Chains) set to Witold Lutosławski’s music (Opera na Zamku, Szczecin, 2013, awarded a Bursztynowy Pierścień).

Kaya Kołodziejczyk devised choreography for Krzyczcie, Chiny! by Paweł Łysak and Księgi Jakubowe by Ewelina Marciniak staged at the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw. She also created choreography for the following films and television plays: Wasza wysokość (dir. Agnieszka Smoczyńska), Panie Dulskie (dir. Filip Bajon), Demon (dir. Marcin Wrona), Córki dancingu (dir. Agnieszka Smoczyńska).

Photo: Magda Starowieyska