About

photo by Ida Zenna

Matjash Mrozewski - classicist, fusionist, dance dramatist - is a choreographer whose work has won over audiences and critics in North America, Europe and Australia.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Matjash started creating dance while studying at Canada's National Ballet School. He continued to choreograph after he joined the National Ballet of Canada. Matjash danced for two years in Europe, and on his return to Canada launched his choreographic career with A Delicate Battle, for the National Ballet in 2001.

In the past ten years, Matjash has created original works for, among others, The Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Royal Danish Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and The Royal Ballet of Flanders.

Matjash has also worked extensively in contemporary ballet and modern dance. In 2003 he was the first recipient of the National Arts Center Youth Commission for Dance, which led to his first full-length work, Break Open Play. Matjash has choreographed for musical theatre, special events, and the catwalk. Six dance films have been made of his original and adapted choreographies.

He can work comfortably in all kinds of situations - any type of music, venue, circumstance or cast - from a single dancer to a cast of 300 non-professionals. Matjash always seeks to surprise - and embraces new challenges and collaborations.

In the fall 2013, Matjash will begin a two-year MFA program in Stage Direction at York University in collaboration with Canadian Stage.

 

"Matjash is a hybrid. He can be highly classical and he can be highly emotional and gritty as well." David McAllister, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet
"Mrozewski's ballets differ markedly, but mutability, uncertainty, impermanence and human isolation are recurrent themes. He weaves surrealism and naturalism into unique theatrical experiences ..." Michael Crabb, Critic
"Mrozewski has an off-the-wall sensibility, and that's what makes his work so interesting."
Paula Citron, Critic
Ein Sommernachtstraum – Ballett Augsburg

photo courtesy of Ballett Augsburg

Amarant – Royal Ballet of Flanders

Altea Nuñez and Wim Vanlessen

photo by Costin Radu

Secret Self – MOVE: the company

Lara Barclay and Reid Colton

photo by Lydia Nagai

I Feel It All

Over 300 members of The National Ballet School community participate in a dance flash mob at Toronto’s Eaton Centre, choreographed by Matjash Mrozewki to a remix of Feist’s I Feel it All

photo courtesy of Sun Media

Semele – Australian Ballet

Juliet Burnett and Robert Curran

photo by Jeff Busby, courtesy of The Australian Ballet

Pavillon d’Armide – Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

Jennifer Brie and Stephan Bourgond

photo by Hans Gerritsen

Sonata

Kate Franklin and Matjash Mrozewski

photo by Dylan Tedaldi

Flora and Zephyr – Ryerson Dances

Roney Lewis, Amanda Weaver, Kelly Shaw and Courtney Starsiak

photo by Kristy Kennedy

Concordia – San Francisco Ballet

Courtney Wright and Joanna Mednick

photo by Erik Tomasson, courtesy of San Francisco Ballet

A Delicate Battle – National Ballet of Canada

Je-an Salas and Christopher Body

Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann, courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada

30-Minute Beauty Makeover – The National Ballet School

photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Planet Wonderful – Royal Danish Ballet

Kristoffer Sakurai

photo by Henrik Stenberg, courtesy of the Royal Danish Ballet

Chevalier – ProArteDanza

Julie Pécard

photo by Bruce Zinger

Break Open Play – National Arts Centre Youth Commission for Dance

Keiko Ninomiya and Anisa Tejpar

photo by Bruce Zinger

My Love – Tulsa Ballet

photo by Christopher Jean-Richard

The Great Attractor – Houston Ballet

Andrew Murphy and Kim Wagman

photo by Jim Caldwell, courtesy of Houston Ballet