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