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(Dance Theatre of Harlem) 'Robert Bondara’s Take Me With You, was a wonderful vehicle for Smith and Elias Re. This slick, athletic pas de deux was set to Radiohead’s Reckoner.It is very hard to pull off the pairing of popular music with ballet, but Bondara proved himself to be a member of the very small club of choreographers who can manage it, along with Kyle Abraham, Twyla Tharp (sometimes) and William Forsythe....  Bondara also designed the lighting and the chic costumes: unisex white button-down shirts with mini black shorts. Smith and Re showed off their great lines and danced with soul, echoing but not overselling Thom Yorke’s wistful vocals.'  

- Faye Arthurs, Fjord Magazine

'(Take Me With You, Dance Theatre of Harlem) - 'As the choreography flickers between sharp and dreamy, the dancers — sleek yet still somehow vulnerable — are swept along by the music. Bondara, a Polish choreographer, makes room for give and take. Even as the dancers roll on the floor or grab each other’s limbs, you get the sense that this is a partnership.

When Smith bends over Re’s chest and taps her fingers on his torso to the beat of the music, he doesn’t flinch but arches backward. Take Me With You is both unstuffed and unsentimental: There may be darkness swirling around the world, but they have each other, strangely and endearingly like a modern-day Nick and Nora.' 

- Gia Kourlas, New York Times

'Bondara’s, Take Me With You, finds a soulmate in Radiohead’s restless beat, so skilfully employed that the medley of numbers binds the work into a perfect wrap. The body language is searingly honest connecting social relationships and inner feelings. There is innovation every step of the way from the line of dancers, dressed in trim black shorts and crisp white shirts, sitting across the breadth of the stage,
cross-legged and arms in a chrysalis twist, to the final clap and blackout. His uninhibited use of pointes allows freedom to venture where toes have seldom dared. Rhythmic body percussion and clapping reverberates like a clandestine mating call, marking boundaries and designating partners.
The original duet remains central, danced with panache by Saeka Shirai and Mateusz Sierant. It is daring and dangerous, the timing precipitous but never losing the poetic undercurrent visible in brief shared glances. Duets, solos, the dynamic male skirmish where competitive virtuosity comes to the fore and the energetic closing ensemble, all demand this mix of audacity, skill and artistry structured with Bondara’s keen eye in a work of superb quality. '  -Maggie Foyer, Danza

 

'Bondara proves his skills in creating rich and emotional dance language which is both contemporary and very physical.'

- Maggie Foyer, Dance Europe

 

'Bondara exploited the interesting opportunities the situation offered , showing a distinctive talent for shape and movement.'

- Maggie Foyer, Dance Europe

 

'Persona, a quirky and disturbing trio, was created by dancer Robert Bondara, a name to watch out.'

- Maggie Foyer, Dance Europe

 

'It is one of the most brilliant ballet careers of the last decade in Poland'

- Rzeczpospolita, Jacek Marczyński

'The Polish National Ballet's Persona was my favorite of the entire evening... Choreographer Robert Bondara, a "rising star" in the Polish National Ballet, has turned the push and pull of role reversals in relationships, and in ourselves, into a stunning piece of contemporary dance.'

- Abby Koenig, Houston Press

 

'The Polish National Ballet, making their Salad debut, offered four works, of which Robert Bondara's trio excerpt of his minimalist Persona, proved the strongest.'

- Nancy Wozny, Dancemagazine

Robert Bondara

Robert's video reel is here.

Robert Bondara is a Polish choreographer and, since 2018, Artistic Director of Poznan Opera Ballet in Poland.

Robert graduated  from the Feliks Parnell State Ballet School in Łódź and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Warsaw School of Economics. He began his career at the Music Theatre in Łódź and later  joined the Grand Theatre in Poznań and in 2005, Polish National Ballet.

Robert has received numerous prizes for his work including the 2nd and the special prize of the Witold Lutoslawski Society at the Bronislava Nijinska National Choreography Competition in Warsaw (2008) and Jan Kiepura Award for Choreographer of the Year 2011 in Poland.  In 2018, Robert was awarded Le Prix de Biarritz in Emergent Choreographers Contest in Bordeaux and the Bronze Medal for ‘Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis’ in 2016.

Robert began creating works for the Polish National Ballet’s Choreographic Workshops many of which were later included in the Company's repertoire. He has gone on to create as a guest choreographer for companies in Poland and around the globe, including Czech National Ballet, Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vilnius; Hungary National Ballet Academy; Company E, Washington (USA);  Kielce Dance Theater (Poland);  Royal Ballet School Antwerp; Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz (Poland); Opera House in Wroclaw (Poland); Silesian Opera House in Bytom (Poland).

His choreography has been presented at the Polish Dance Competition in Gdańsk; the 43rd International Dance Festival in Kuopio, Finland; the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow; Dance Salad Festival in Houston, Texas; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington; Roberto Bolle and Friends Galas in Italy; and Xinjiang International Dance Festival in China.

In 2019, Germany’s Chemnitz Ballet premiered Robert's Winterreise and in 2021 premiered his The Rite of Spring. Opera Ballet Nova in Bydgoszcz recently presented the world premiere of Robert’s full-length Alice in Wonderland. He also made his USA debut in June 2019 with the staging of 8m68 for Moving Arts Festival in Kansas City and Cincinnati. 

​Robert has created numerous works for Poznan Ballet including  a full-length production of Don Juan which won the Jan Kiepura Music Theatre Award for best performance and best choreography in Poland in 2021. More recently he created new productions of The Snow Queen and Bolero.

Robert’s acclaimed duet, Take Me With You, originally performed by Roberto Bolle and Melissa Hamilton, to music by Radiohead, has been staged  for the Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow; Czech National Ballet and in 2024 for Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Over the past few years, Robert has developed a strong partnership with West Australian Ballet with whom he has staged his extended version of Take Me With You in 2022 and returned in 2023 to stage Verses and Persona. He returns in 2024 to create a new ballet.

www.robertbondara.com

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