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Katarzyna Kozielska


Katarzyna's video reel is here.

Born in Zabrze, Poland Katarzyna Kozielska received her initial ballet training at the State Ballet School in Beuthen. She went on to attend the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart from which she graduated in 2000. 

In 2000/01, Katarzyna joined the Stuttgart Ballet and  was promoted to Demi-Soloist in 2006/07. In her 18 years with the Company, she danced a wide variety of classical, neo-classical and contemporary roles in works by, among others, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, Mauro Bigonzetti and Marco Goecke.


In July 2011,  Katarzyna created her first choreography for the renowned Noverre-Society’s “Young Choreographers” Programme. Der richtige Ort, for four Stuttgart Ballet dancers,received acclaim from audiences and critics alike and was subsequently presented by the Stuttgart Ballet in its main season. In 2012 she was  named as Young Choreographer to watch in the German dance magazine “Tanz”.

In January 2013, Katarzyna choreographed Symph for the Noverre Society, which was immediately taken into the Stuttgart Ballet repertory. This led to a commisson from Ballett Augsburg in May 2014, where she created Palpitation for Ballett Augsburg. That same month, Stuttgart Ballet presented the world premiere of Katarzyna's A.Memory, a collaboration with the American sculptor Janet Echelman.

In March 2016 her second piece for the Stuttgart Ballet, Neurons, received its world premiere in the Stuttgart Ballet's playhouse. Her third work for the Company, Dark Glow to a commissioned score by Gabriel Prokofiev receive its world premiere in the Opera House in February 2017.

In 2018, Katarzyna created new works for Germany's Chemnitz Ballet (Unleash); The Czech National Ballet (Aspects) and Stuttgart Ballet (Take Your Pleasure Seriously).  Creations in 2019 included world premieres for Stuttgart Ballet on 28 March and for Hessisches Staats Ballett in Wiesbaden on 22 May.

In September, 2021, Katarzyna made her US debut with the creation of Ode for Tulsa Ballet and she returned in 2023 to create Within.  

In 2022, Katarzyna created a new ballet for Germany's Chemnitz Ballett. 


In 2023, Katarzyna is creating works for English National Ballet Schools, Arles Youth Ballet in France and made her choreographic debut with Estonian National Ballet with a new creation, Open Door. In 2024 she returns to the USA to stage Ode for Rhode Island Ballet.


The Press


"A stunning opening section.... Her choreography requires vigorous speed and laser-focused precision.. which adds to the visceral quality of the movement..." Tulsa World, Sept 2021

“Aspects" is by Polish choreographer Katarzyna Kozielska and the clean execution, together with the deocincractic choreographic design, reserve moments of pure emotion. , Italy

"The evening opens with a world premiere. Katarzyna Kozielska created the piece Unleash specially for Chemnitz.  In Unleash - unleashing - she feels the question of whether security and stability are always associated with limitations. It's about shackles that limit the dreams and the creativity, and the attempt to free themselves from it. To material expresses this emotional imprisonment, and costumes by Ines Alda create a web of nylon straps. Every dancer hangs on to a band, where they can get entangled , but also free themselves from it."

"The pointe shoe is used in Unleash as a stylistic means for self-discovery. "You can see that a lady is choreographing here, in contrast to the two men," says (Sabrina) Sadowska (Artistic Director, Chemnitz). For the first time she saw this feminine signature in the deceased Pina Bausch in 2009, "and now again with Katarzyna Kozielska.”

'Katarzyna Kozielska’s A.Memory incorporates a mesmerizing scultpure by American artist Janet Echelman into her exquisite choreography, resulting in a unique visual experience for the viewer and providing the dancers with a completely new element with which to interact.'



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