I make shows happen.
Live theatre, performance – that’s what I’m passionate about.
Movement. Text. Music. Performers: in whatever combination, these are the elements I work with.
Funny, true story: When I was in grade eight, my English teacher told my mother that I was a cross between Oscar Wilde and Joan Rivers. Plus ça change...
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MATJASH MROZEWSKI - BIO
Matjash Mrozewski is a Toronto-based choreographer and director with an international career.
In 2016, Matjash choreographed Gefärhliche Liebschaften (Dangerous Liaisons) in St. Gallen, Switzerland and directed Jordan Tannahill’s new play Botticelli in the Fire for Canadian Stage, which won a Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Production. He also choreographed Now, What, Like, When for Ballet Kelowna. In 2015 Matjash directed Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors for Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park.
Matjash trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, studying under Betty Oliphant, Glenn Gilmour, Sergiu Stefanschi and Peggy Baker. Upon graduation he joined The National Ballet of Canada, and later danced with Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. He has performed in most major works of the classical repertoire as well as in the choreography of William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Ohad Naharin, Jean-Pierre Perreault, James Kudelka, and Marie Chouinard.
In 2001, Matjash stopped dancing in order to devote himself exclusively to choreography, and launched his career that year, creating A Delicate Battle for The National Ballet of Canada. Since then, Matjash has created works for, among others, The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, The West Australian Ballet, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Houston Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.
He has also choreographed numerous films, flash mobs, and galas as well as for classical music concerts and other special events. In 2003, Matjash was the recipient of the NAC Youth Commission for Dance, which allowed him to create his first full-evening work, Break Open Play. Matjash also provided the choreography for two new Canadian musicals: Mimi (Tarragon Theatre) and The Bricklin (Fredericton Playhouse/Theatre New Brunswick), both directed by Alisa Palmer.
In 2009 Matjash choreographed and performed a duet commissioned for The National Art Centre’s 40th anniversary gala. That year he also won the inaugural Choreography Award at the Eighth Annual Competition for the Erik Bruhn prize, for a duet performed by The National Ballet of Canada’s competitors. In 2012 he attended the DanceEast (UK) retreat for Future Leaders in Dance and choreographed Romeo und Julia, for Tanz Luzerner Theater, which premiered in Switzerland in September 2012.
Matjash is the recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore award nominations for Outstanding Choreography, and one for Outstanding Direction.
In June 2016 Matjash completed the two-year York University/Canadian Stage MFA in large scale theatre direction.
MATJASH MROZEWSKI - RESUME
2016 Canadian Stage, Botticelli in the Fire (winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production)
2015 Canadian Stage, The Comedy of Errors
York University, Scenes from The Ecstatic Bible (semi-mounted production)
2014 Canadian Stage, Tragedy: A Tragedy (workshop)
York University, Much Ado About Nothing,The Penelopiad, Tough! (unmounted productions)
2016 Konzert und Theater St. Gallen – Gefärliche Liebschaften (Dangerous Liaisons)
Ballet Kelowna – Now, What, Like, When
Arts Umbrella Vancouver – Some Country Dances
2013 Tanz Akademie Zürich – Black Birds
2012 Tanz Luzerner Theater – Romeo and Juliet
Oregon Ballet Theatre – The Lost Dance
Against The Grain Theatre – Piano Phase and The Seven Deadly Sins (chamber opera, dir. Joel Ivany)
2011 Ballet Augsburg - Ein Sommernachtstraum (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Royal Ballet of Flanders - Amarant
National Ballet School - International Dance Day celebration flash mob
Move: The Company – Secret Self
Canadian Opera Company Free Concert Series – Tenebrae
Ballet Jörgen – A World To Shake (work for school children)
2010 Fredericton Playhouse/Theatre New Brunswick - The Bricklin (musical, dir. Alisa Palmer)
National Ballet School - International Dance Day celebration flash mob
Canadian Opera Company Free Concert Series - Sonata
2009 Les Ballets de Monte Carlo - Pavillon d’Armide
Tulsa Ballet - My Love
National Ballet of Canada - Dénouement
Tarragon Theatre - Mimi (musical, dir. Alisa Palmer)
National Arts Centre - Bringing The Tiger Down from The Mountain
National Ballet School - 30-Minute Beauty Makeover
Ryerson Dances - Flora and Zephyr
Nureyev (film, dir. Moze Mossanen)
Sophia (film, dir. Shervin Kermani)
2008 Australian Ballet - Semele
Royal Ballet - Agitator
2007 Royal Danish Ballet - Planet Wonderful
San Francisco Ballet - Concordia
Washington Ballet - Lovers Speak
National Ballet of Canada - Wolf’s Court
ProArteDanza- Chopper and Chevalier
2006 National Ballet of Canada - C.V.
Royal Ballet - Castle Nowhere
West Australian Ballet - Soft Punch
Canada Dance Festival, Dances for a Small Stage - Editrix
16th International AIDS Conference - Opening Ceremonies
2005 Royal Swedish Ballet - Dreamland
Stuttgart Ballet - Avatar
2004 Houston Ballet - The Great Attractor
Royal Ballet - A World of Art
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre - Straight Life
fFIDA Grande Scale Event - No One Dies
A Delicate Battle (film adaptation, dir. Mark Adam)
Lepidulterous (film, dir. James Cooper)
2003 West Australian Ballet - A Delicate Battle (restaging)
National Ballet of Canada - Monument
A Pairing of Swans (film adaptation, dir. Veronica Tennant)
National Arts Centre Youth Commission for Dance - Break Open Play
National Ballet School - Adventures in Classicism
Dusk Dances - Lam
2002 Toronto Dance Theatre - Virgin Queen
Copenhagen International Ballet - Flames and Ashes
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre - Lost and Found
Year of the Lion (film, dir. More Mossanen)
Milwaukee Ballet - Another Space
National Ballet School - Charged Airs
Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Dreams Come True Gala – The Swan Sees His Reflection
2001 National Ballet of Canada - A Delicate Battle
Toronto Dance Theatre - People Are Scary
Celebration of the Works of Canadian Artists for HRH Prince Charles - Worlds Collide
2000 Dancers for Life - Movers and Shakers
fFIDA - Naughty Bijou
National Ballet School – Suggestion and Sphinx Without A Secret
1995 National Ballet of Canada Concert Group - Three French Words
2016 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Outstanding Direction (Botticelli in the Fire)
2009 Distinguished Guest Artist in Residence, Ryerson University Dance Department
Inaugural Choreographic Award, Eighth Annual International Erik Bruhn Prize
2008 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Performance – Ensemble (24 Preludes by Chopin, chor. M. Chouinard)
2005 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Outstanding Choreography (Break Open Play)
2002 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Outstanding Choreography (A Delicate Battle)
Second Place and Audience Award, Milwaukee International Choreographic Competition
2000 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Performance – Ensemble (one hundred words for snow, chor. D.Dumais.)
1994 YTV National Youth Achievement Award
1993 Peter Dwyer Award, Ondaatje Award, City of Toronto Award, Stanley E. Greben Award
1992 Queen Margarethe II Award, Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School
Workshops And Internships
2016 Participant, The Creative Gesture, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
2014 Intern, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, dir. Peter Sellars, English National Opera (London, UK)
Participant, New Aesthetics, Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)
Directing Intern, The Seagull, dir. Peter Hinton, Segal Centre (Montreal)
Assistant director, As You Like It, dir. Nigel Shawn Williams, Canadian Stage
2012 Participant, Future Leaders in Dance, Retreat, Dance East (Suffolk, UK)
2001 Participant, New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute
Selected Performance History
2001- 2012 occasional guest artist, The National Ballet of Canada
2008- 2009 occasional guest artist, Compagnie Marie Chouinard
1999 – 2001 corps de ballet, The National Ballet of Canada (second soloist in 2000)
1998 -1999 dancer, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo
1997 -1998 dancer, Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève
1994 -1997 corps de ballet, The National Ballet of Canada
2003 - 2016 Guest Ballet Teacher: National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Les Ballet de Monte Carlo, Move: The Company,Bern Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, Ballet BC, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Tanz Luzerner Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Kelowna, Harbour Dance (Vancouver), Ryerson University, DanceTeq (Toronto), Danse à la Carte (Montreal),
2011-2012 Guest Ballet Master, BJM Danse Montreal
2016 MFA Theatre (Large-Scale Stage Direction) - York University in collaboration with Canadian Stage, Toronto ON
1993 The National Ballet School of Canada, graduate -Teachers included Betty Oliphant, Sergiu Stefanschi, Glenn Gilmour, Peggy Baker