Leszek Bzdyl

Leszek Bzdyl (1964) is the founder and artistic director of Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre. Professional stage career since 1987 (Henryk Tomaszewski’s Wroclaw Pantomime Theatre 1987-1990; Wojciech Misiuro’s Expression Theatre 1990-1992). Graduated from the Department of Philosophy and History, the University of Wrocław, in 1990.

In 1993, he founded Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre, where he works as a director, choreographer, dancer, and performs in most of its productions; as yet, has performed at numerous festivals in Poland and Europe, as well as India, USA, Israel, and Palestine.

For artistic achievements awarded by the Mayor of Gdańsk (1998), the Mayor of Gdynia (1999), the Minister of National Education (1999), the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship (2006), Theatre Pasta International Theatre Awards – India (2007). In 2010 awarded a medal “Meritorious for Polish Culture” by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Frequently supported with art grants by Gdańsk City Council and the Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship.

As a director, choreographer and stage movement creator, he has co-operated with many theatres in Poland. The drama performances he has recently directed are: Cyrano de Bergerac, in Modrzejewska’s Theatre in Legnica, and Green Zoo, in OCH Theatre in Warsaw. As a choreographer, he has yet participated in over 50 productions, such as: Short Stories for Children (dir. by P. Cieplak, The National Theatre, Warsaw), Tango and the Cosmos (dir by J. Jarocki, The National Theatre, Warsaw), The Power (dir. by J. Englert, The National Theatre, Warsaw), Acropolis Reconstructions (dir. by Michael Marmarinos, Contemporary Theatre, Wrocław), Delhi Dance (dir. by I. Wyrypajew, The National Theatre, Warsaw). Lead roles in Polish Drama Theatres: Charlie (Charlie A Boxer, Piotr Cieplak), Caliban (The Tempest, William Sheakspeare), David (Unidentified Human Remains, Brad Fraser), Clarin (Life Is a Dream, Calderon de la Barca). He has participated in many international productions, e.g.: The Rape of Europe – Landscape X (Intercult, Stockholm), In the body, and Papugaj (Baltic Dance University, Gdańsk), Drop Dead Gorgeous (co-production with Vincent Dance Theatre, UK), Several Witty Observations – Trans Danse Europe (Avignon, Brussels, Helsinki, Prague, Reykjavik), Out of Bounds and Factor T (Dance Advance, Philadelphia, USA), Co-Operation (CDN – Paris, Festival La Batie – Geneva, The Baltic State Opera House – Gdańsk), ODYS-SEAS – a project held on the premises of Gdańsk Shipyard.

Between 1997-2000, in Gombrowicz’s City Theatre in Gdynia, he patronized a cycle of artistic events titled “A Day of Beautiful Society”. Between 2002-2007, he coordinated the artistic programme of Gdańsk Dance Corporation Festival. Since 1990 he has given theatre workshops and dance classes in Poland: The State Ballet School in Gdansk, School of Acting and Singing at the Musical Theatre in Gdynia, The Theatre Academy in Warsaw, and abroad: The Czech Republic, France, Finland, Germany, Israel, Sweden, UK, Ukraine, USA, Zimbabwe.

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