Aleksandra lives as an embodiment artist, dancer, choreographer, writer, teacher, …

She started her physical training with fencing. As a teenager she trained in athletics (100 m sprint) and horseback riding.

Kama Jankowska and Witold Jurewicz introduced her to dance. 

In 2005 Aleksandra joined Alter Dance Theatre and for the next three years she trained in the Jurewicz Movement Technique. The choreographies she co-created with Alter are The Claw (2006), What Would You Do if You Could Do What You Can’t Do…(2007), Shitty Dance Shitty (2008), And What… (2009) and Lovers (2010).

Alongside she was exploring improvisation and Contact Improvisation.

Having researched into the translation of dance terminology within her first MA Thesis Analysis of the Translation of Texts on Dance on the Example of the Syllabus of Graham Movements (2005), she then also engaged in interpreting the language of dance for, among others, Nigel Charnock, Ray Chung, Clara van Gool, Julien Hamilton, Daniel Lepkoff, David Zambrano, and Polish Dance Theatre.

Aleksandra’s collaborations include co-creations with Nigel Charnock (Happy 2009), Rafal Dziemidok (Nut. Squirrel. 2010), Robert M. Hayden and Tomasz Rodowicz (Oratorium Dance Project 2011 and Bacchantes 2012), Jacek Owczarek (Occurrences 2011), and Nunka Stawieray (…, Full Moon/Obsession, Sushuma Echoing I, II, III) to mention but a few.

She holds a Master of Arts Degree in English Philology, Specialisation: Conference Interpreting (Department of Translation Studies, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland); a Postgraduate Degree in Cultural Management (Collegium of World Economy, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland); and a Master of Arts Degree in Contemporary Dance Education (Department of Contemporary and Classical Dance, Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, Germany). Her second M.A. Thesis created within MA CoDE Stimulating Internal Core Support Through Developmental Movement Patterns researches into the reawakening of navel space radiation. In September 2014 Aleksandra joined the Somatic Movement Education Program
of Body-Mind Centering®.

She taught dance and English at several institutions of higher education in Poland (Department of English Studies, Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts of Adam Mickiewicz University in Kalisz 2005-2008; Dance Department of Academy of Languages and Economy 2010-2012 and Department of Choreography and Dance Techniques of Academy of Music in Łódź 2011-2012; Dance Department of University of Arts and Sciences in Kielce).

Currently Aleksandra is working as an adjunct professor at the Acting Department, Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.

The essence of her research is embodiment. Embodying what is is for her the pathway to freedom. She explores becoming of what is within dance, theatre, and all the in-between spaces, and creates embodiment-motivated choreographies (Still Here 2016, Sushuma 2016), improvisations (Just 2018, Ave! 2018), articles (Ku Innej Jakości [Inviting a Different Quality] 2017, Remembering a Different Quality 2019), and poems.

Asking What do we know that we have forgotten that we know?, she develops Back Home dance practice – an invitation to self-love. Encouraging living in, with, and through the body, Aleksandra accompanies everybody ready to meet themselves on their journey to reconnecting with the wisdom of their living body.

photography: Karolina Kraußer