Katarzyna Pastuszak

Katarzyna (Kasia) Pastuszak is a dancer and artistic director of the Amareya Theatre based in Gdansk, Poland, curator of the Gdansk Dance Festival (Club ZAK Gdansk, Poland), dance/theatre researcher, culture animator and interpreter. She graduated from Scandinavian Studies (Gdansk University, MA Tracing the Essence of Odin Teatret), Theatre Studies (Theatre Academy, Warsaw, MA Introduction to Butō) and Doctoral Studies at the Gdansk University. The title of her dissertation is Hijikata Tatsumi’s Ankoku butō – The Theatre of Body-in-crisis. Katarzyna Pastuszak was awarded the stipend prize of the Minister of Polish Culture for her achievements in 2005. She has a broad experience in such techniques as butō, contemporary dance, improvisation and composition.

She began her dance and theatre education in 1995. Since then, she participated in various workshops and conferences on dance, butoh dance, contemporary dance, improvisation, contact improvisation and various theatre methods. She visited Japan twice (2008 and 2011) to perform and research butoh dance and Japanese theatre and culture.

In 2003 she co-founded Amareya Theatrehas has created performances presented on festivals in Poland and abroad. In 2010 she founded Gdansk School of Butō where, together with the members of Amareya Art Association, she organises butō lectures, workshops and performances of butō artists from Poland and abroad. She also directs various theatre projects with handicapped and blind people.

Since 2003 Katarzyna Pastuszak is also strongly devoted to her work as the dance/theatre programmer in Club ZAK Gdansk where she is the curator of Gdansk Dance Festival.

2007-2009 she gave lectures on culture animation and Japanese theatre at the Department of Cultural Studies of the Gdansk University where she. Since 2009 she is also a member of CID Council, Polish Cultural Studies Society and since 2010 she has also become a honourable member of the Gdansk Culture Council.

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