Helena Ganjalyan – actress, dancer, choreographer. She graduated from the Ludwik Solski State Theatre School in Cracow, Dance Theatre Department in Bytom (2013) and participated in an exchange program with the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre (USA). As part of her diploma, she performed in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? directed by Jerzy Stuhr and Waldemar Raźniak, and danced in Swan Lake choreographed by Idan Cohen (Israel)
In recognition of her artistic achievements, Ganjalyan has been awarded the scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Cultural Scholarship of the City of Gdańsk, and the Marshal of the Silesian Province Scholarship for Culture, also becoming a laureate at the “Off: Premieres / Presentations” residence competition organized by the Theatre of the Eighth Day in Poznań (together with Agnieszka Wąsikowska).
Her solo choreography Lady Ł – Unicut won the 2nd prize and the Audience Award at the International Solo Dance Contest 2012 in Gdańsk (President of the Jury – Ann van den Broek), also bringing Ganjalyan awards at the 3…2…1… DANCE Choreographic Competition in Cracow and SoloDuo + Friends in Cologne. For Shakespeare it, a piece co-produced with Magdalena Fejdasz, Nina Minor and Paulina Giwer, she won the 1st prize at the Residence Contest “Entrée” organized by the Entertainment Theatre in Chorzów. For her performance in Agnieszka Wąsikowska’s monodrama Press to reset the world…, Ganjalyan won the main prize at the National Festival of Independent Theatres in Ostrów Wielkopolski. 2014 saw Ganjalyan co-operate with the Harakiri Farmers collective (Dominika Knapik, Wojciech Klimczyk) in delivering I wanna be someone great, produced as part of the METAMORPHOSES project, which premiered at the Les Brigittines in Brussels, CK Zamek in Poznań, and La Briqueterie in Paris, respectively (all in 2014).
Ganjalyan’s own pieces include a duo with Korina Kordova titled Une femme masculine, a remix of works by Belgian choreographer Ann van Den Broek (2013), and a solo piece Private maps, produced as part of the Gdańsk Dance Festival (2015).
Ganjalyan’s engagements as actress / dancer include co-operations with the Wybrzeże Theatre, H. Modrzejewska Theatre in Legnica, Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre, as well as projects with such artists as Kaya Kołodziejczyk, Victor Choi Wo Ma, Naomi Goldberg Haas, Anna Piotrowska, Jolanta Dylewska, Marcin Wrona, and collaborations with such collectives as Dzikistyl Company, Flesh System, and Les Gens d’Uerpan in Paris (Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet)/
She honed her dancing skills under Joe Alter (USA), Louise Frank (Holland), Victoria Fox (Great Britain), Georga Blaschke (Austria), Werner Bechter (Austria), Harmen Tromp (Holland), Dan Safer (USA), Alexandra Beller (USA), Jacek Łumiński (Poland), Sylwia Hefczyńska-Lewandowska (Poland), Hilke Diemer (Holland), Tomasz Rodowicz (Poland), and David Zambrano (Belgium).
Ganjalyan considers performing in The four seasons restaurant, staged by Romeo Castellucci of the Societas Rafaello Sanzio at the 2013 Malta Festival in Poznań, as the highlight of her professional career to-date.