HEDWIG DANCES is a contemporary dance theater ensemble celebrating its 28th year under the artistic direction of its founder, award-winning choreographer Jan Bartoszek. Named after her paternal grandmother, Hedwig Dances' bold, interdisciplinary collaborations combine poetic choreography with sculptural artifacts, projected images and haunting original music. The resulting dances resonate with complexity and depth and provoke emotion, connection and wonder. Hedwig Dances reaches out into the community through public performances, collaborations and dance education.
Hedwig Dances has performed over 1,500 times at venues throughout Chicago, including the Ravinia Festival, the Dance Center of Columbia College and the Athenaeum Theater. The company has also appeared at noteworthy events in Chicago such as the Grand Openings of Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Hedwig Dances tours to numerous colleges, festivals and theaters, most recently to the Spring to Dance "Best of the Midwest" Festival in St. Louis and Joyce SoHo in NYC. The Company has been honored with two Ruth Page Awards and a Chicago Dance Award.
Founded in 1985 by Artistic Director Jan Bartoszek, the critically acclaimed Hedwig Dances has inspired audiences with bold performances and innovative collaborations. Hedwig Dances is unique in the way it integrates theatrical elements with themes such as history, memory, and forms of personal and collective identity. Bartoszek uses projected images, sculptural artifacts, dolls and masks, together with signature dance movements to stimulate the soul and the imagination. Hedwig Dances develops new artistic talent and promotes dance as a discipline that strengthens body, mind and spirit.
Each season, Hedwig Dances programs a series of intensive dance workshops in a variety of contemporary and world dance forms. These workshops are geared to professional dancers and serious students of dance. The excellent national and international artists selected to teach these workshops bring unique cultural perspectives to their work and often address cultural and social issues of contemporary significance.