Mathew Janczewski

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October 16, 2016
 

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An award winning choreographer based in Minneapolis, MN. Mathew creates work on his own company, Mathew Janczewskis ARENA DANCES. Collaborating with such prominent dance companies as: Minnesota Dance Theater, Cleveland Repertory Co., aTrek Dance in St. Louis, MO, and Zenon Dance Company. He was awarded the Sage Award for Outstanding Performance (2005), a McKnight Choreographers Fellowship (2005), and cited as one of Dance Magazines “25 to Watch (2008),” and is the recipient of numerous grants through the Minnesota State Arts Board and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

While serving as the Artistic Director of Mathew Janczewskis ARENA DANCES, Janczewski has created over thirty dance works, enhanced educational outreach programs, developed commissions with local artists, as well as launching regional, national and international touring. He is currently preparing for ANTHEM, a 20th Anniversary Celebration performance for one night only on 11/11/16 at The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN

Biography

Mathew Janczewski was born and raised in Round Lake, IL, and received his professional training at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Janczewski worked closely with many internationally renowned directors, choreographers and teachers, including: Maria Cheng, Bill T. Jones, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Cathy Young, Shawn McConneloug, Robin Steihm, Morgan Thorson, Beth Corning and Hijack.

In 1992, he made his professional debut as a company member with JAZZDANCE! by Danny Buraczeski, becoming a lead dancer in the company. In 1997 Mathew joined the acclaimed Shapiro & Smith Dance Co., receiving worldwide acclaim for his evocative physicality and emotive performances with the company. Mathew has also toured locally and internationally with such artists as Bebe Miller and Jacek Laminski.

An award winning choreographer based in Minneapolis, MN. Mathew creates work on his own company, Mathew Janczewskis ARENA DANCES. Collaborating with such prominent dance companies as: Minnesota Dance Theater, Cleveland Repertory Co., aTrek Dance in St. Louis, MO, and Zenon Dance Company. He was awarded the Sage Award for Outstanding Performance (2005), a McKnight Choreographers Fellowship (2005), and cited as one of Dance Magazines “25 to Watch (2008),” and is the recipient of numerous grants through the Minnesota State Arts Board and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

While serving as the Artistic Director of Mathew Janczewskis ARENA DANCES, Janczewski has created over thirty dance works, enhanced educational outreach programs, developed commissions with local artists, as well as launching regional, national and international touring.

Résumé

Mathew Janczewski

2201 Third Avenue S., #301Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone: 612-804-0238 - Email: [email protected]

Website: arena-dances.org

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

My responsibility is to pose questions and incite awakening, not only for

myself, but for collaborators and audiences. As an artist in contemporary

society, I seek personal growth and back-and-forth expression achieved

through creating new work and offering lectures, master classes, workshops

and continuous dialogue with dancers, directors, and the general public. I am

deeply aware that to achieve my goals, my work must be relevant, engaging,

and accessible to the broadest community.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance 1994

Mass Communications Minor University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

CHOREOGRAPHIC HIGHLIGHTS

Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES 1995 – Present

Founder / Artistic Director

• Choreographed more than 30 modern dance works

• Co-presented Minnesota seasons: Southern Theater (home for more than

10 seasons),  Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, Walker

Art Center, SpaceSpace, Red Eye Theater, The Lab, The Loring

Playhouse, Intermedia Arts, College of St. Benedct/St. John’s

University, St. Joseph, MN, University of Minnesota-Morris

• Co-presented over 20 national engagements: Joyce SoHo, NY; Symphony

Space, NY; Central College, IA; Temple University, PA; Wellspring

Theater, MI; Red Fern Arts Center, Keene, NH; South Milwaukee

Performing Arts Center, South Milwaukee, WI

• Accomplished three international engagements: St. Petersburg, Russia

(2005,2012); Budapest, Hungary (2008)

• Featured in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in January 2008

COMMISSIONS (partial listing)

Kevin J. Mossier Foundation 2016

Perpich Center for Arts Education 2015, 2014, 2011, 2009, 2006

St. Paul Conservatory for the Arts 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007

Carleton College 2015, 2009, 2006, 2004

College of St. Benedict’s/St. John’s University 2013

American Composer’s Forum 2013, 2008

aTrek Dance Collective of St. Louis, MO 2010, 2008

PROFESSIONAL DANCE EXPERIENCE

(partial listing)

• Shapiro & Smith Dance 2006 – 2008, 1997 – 2002

Company Member  

• JAZZDANCE! by Danny Buraczeski 2003 – 2005, 1992 – 1995

Company Member

• Dancing People Company 1999 – 2004

Company Member

TEACHING EXPERIENCE (partial listing)

Zenon Dance Company & School, Instructor 2002 - 2011

University of Minnesota, Adjunct Faculty 2005-2010

EDUCATION PROJECTS/RESIDENCIES (partial listing)

Minnesota State Arts Board, arts education roster 2005-present

Jones Harrison Senior Living/Benilde St. Margaret’s H.S. 2016

Morris High School Gay Straight Alliance 2016

The Emily Program Panel Discussions 2015

South Milwaukee High School 2014

Minnetonka West Middle School 2014, 2011

Field Middle School/Ebenezer Tower 2014

Cowles Center for Performing Arts, Educ. Outreach 2005-2011

GRANTS AND AWARDS (partial listing)

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Fund 2014

New England Foundation for the Arts Prod/Touring Grant 2012-2016

Minnesota State Arts Board, Artists’ Initiative Grant 2013, 2007, 2005, 1996

RDDI (Regional Dance Development Initiative; NEFA) 2011

DanceUSA Engaging Dance Audiences consort. member 2010

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