The generally recognised accolades have been awarded for the 48th time this year. Originally established to honour translators of literature, the ZAIKS Authors Association Awards now recognise artistic achievement and culture promotion endeavors in nine categories. To date 300 prominent figures representing a wide array of artistic disciplines have been honoured with a ZAIKS Award. The jury comprises their peers, members of ZAiKS. This year’s awards gala is to be held on 23 April, The World Book and Copyright Day, at the ZAIKS headquarters in Warsaw.
Krzysztof Pastor, a graduate of the Gdańsk Ballet School, has been working as choreographer since 1985. To date he has produced around 60 ballets for theatres around the world, often set to music by Polish composers. Since 2009 he has been the director of the Polish National Ballet, while serving as resident choreographer at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. Since 2011 he has also acted as the artistic director of the Lithuania National Ballet and Opera Theatre in Vilnius.
“Boris Kudlička is one of the most interesting and inspiring stage designers in Poland. He has gained general recognition through his work for the opera. Together with stage director Mariusz Treliński Kudlička forms a creative duo whose productions do away with the conventions of opera performance. They have made opera an intriguing spectacle that employs visual arts and design, among other means, to successfully tug at the audience’s heartstrings,” reads the ZAIKS website.
Pictured: Krzysztof Pastor and Boris Kudlička during the ZAIKS awards gala, photo by Jolanta Paluszkiewicz