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Leszek Bzdyl
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Leszek Bzdyl began his professional stage career in 1987 (Henryk Tomaszewski's Wroclaw Pantomime Theatre 1987-1990; Wojciech Misiuro's Expression Theatre 1990-1992). In 1992, together with Katarzyna Chmielewska, he founded the Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre, where he's directed and choreographed most performances, including "Magnolia" (2002), "Several Witty Observations" (2004), based on the "Diaries" by Witold Gombrowicz, "Factor T" (2008) created in the USA, or "Le Sacre" (2010). With Dada Theatre, he has yet performed at numerous festivals and theatres in Poland, in more than 20 European countries as well as in China, India, South Korea, the United States, Israel and Palestine. He's taken part in the making of dozens of performances on the stages of Warsaw, Gdansk, Legnica and Wroclaw. As a director, he's also made drama performances eg. "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand in Legnica (2009), or "Green Zoo" - according to his original screenplay - in Warsaw (2010). In 1997-2000, together with the other Dada von Bzdülöw artists, he led a series of artistic events called "A Day of Beautiful Society"; in 2002- 2007 the coordinator of Gdansk Dance Corporation Festival. Bzdyl participated in many international projects, including Landscape X (Interkult, Stockholm), In the body and Papugaj (Baltic Dance University - Gdansk), Drop Dead Gorgeous (Dada Theatre 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 (Paris, La Batie Festival - Geneva, Gdansk), ODYS-SEAS - a European project held on the premises of Gdansk Shipyard. He regularly leads dance and acting workshops in Poland and abroad, including England, France, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Zimbabwe and the United States. He has yet taught at the National Ballet School in Gdansk, the Vocal and Acting School in Gdynia, and the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. As an actor, he has starred in the performances of Gdynia Municipal Theatre, directed by Julia Wernio: in "The Tempest" by Shakespeare, and in "Life is a Dream" by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, and in "Charlie a Boxer" by Piotr Cieplak (2010) at Wybrzeze Theatre in Gdansk. He has won many awards, including the Award of the City of Gdansk in the field of culture (1999), the Theatre Prize of the Marshal of the Pomerania Region (2006), Storm of the Year Award, from the readers of Gazeta Wyborcza (2007), the International Theatre Pasta Award - India (2007). In 2010 he received a medal of honor - "Meritorious for Polish Culture" by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
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