Marta Wołowiec (1991) – dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, cultural manager. She graduated from cultural studies and media studies at the Jagiellonian University and a two-year qualification course in contemporary dance, organised by the National Centre for Culture. She comes from the Wrocław area and lives in Cracow. She is the head of the Krakow Choreographic Centre (KCC) based in the Nowa Huta Cultural Centre.
She began her dance and theatre education under the supervision of Jacek Gębura and Anna Krych at the MTT Studio of Contemporary Dance (currently operating as Wrocław Dance Studio) at the Capitol Musical Theatre. Afterwards, she co-operated with Krakow Dance Theatre (KDT), where she performed in dance productions choreographed by Eryk Makohon (Poliamoria, Takarazuka camp, Net, Ruch Gallery), and Aleksander Kopański (In Between). In 2014, as a dancer of KDT, she took part in a Polish-Norwegian dance co-production realised within the framework of the International Festival of Theatre of Form “Materia Prima” and choreographed by Ole Martin Meland (Carte Blanche). The Polish-Norwegian coproduction was later presented in Poland and Norway. For many years, she has also worked with the contemporary dance group a g i t a t u s, and her choreographies for the group have been awarded many times at dance festivals in Poland.
She participated in numerous dance master classes in Poland, Israel, Belgium and Austria, e.g. Gaga Intensive (encompassing Batsheva Dance Company repertoire), ImPulsTanz in Vienna (special focus on the repertoire of Rosas and Ultima Vez).
Currently, she coordinates the artistic and educational programme of the Krakow Choreography Centre, which she co-founded in 2014, and functions as its head since the end of 2018. As part of her work at KCC, she produces her own performances, teaches contemporary dance and organises the following events: Contemporary Dance Festival SPACER, BalletOFFFestival, Choreography Contest 3…2…1…DANCE!, KCC Dance Intensive, Polish Dance Network and Krakow Dance Festival.
In the years 2015–2019, together with Agata Moląg and Monika Węgrzynowicz, she co-created a dance collective Around Centre Group. She performed in the following performances choreographed by Agata Moląg: Makia, Płaczki, Dobre wychowanie and 38°C. She also performed in spectral layers of movement – a dance project implemented by the Group together with a musician – Marcin Janus and a multimedia artist – Grzegorz Kaliszuk. This performance initiated the Groupʼs work on a series of dance productions combining movement, multimedia and live music. Among the Groupʼs from this series were: Wyspianskiʼs Women and Naturgemälde. In 2020, Naturgemälde was awarded a special prize by the Cracow City Council in the 9th edition of Stanisław Wyspiański Theatre Prize Competition.
Marta Wołowiec is also the author and performer of two solo performances: Hold on created in collaboration with Marcin Janus (premiered in May 2018) and Tens, with live music by Wojciech Kiwer (premiered in September 2020). Tens also has its film version created by Aleksander Hordziej using the master shot. The film was produced and premiered in 2020 within the Culture online programme organised by the National Centre of Culture.
In her original choreographic works, Wołowiec explores the energy and progressive-trance movement. She focuses on the natural flow of movement and its logic. She is also interested in the strategies of engaging the spectators by stimulating their corporeal and mental awareness and attentiveness.
As a dancer, Wołowiec also performs in Iwona Olszowska and Ferenc Fehérʼs performance Trans_Miss(i)on, produced by the Around Centre Group in collaboration with the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the Choreographic Commissions 2018 programme.
In 2018–2020, she worked as the producer of the performance it will come later and the international project International Contemporary Dance Collective (iCoDaCo), developed in collaboration with co-producers from Hong Kong, Wales, Sweden and Hungary. The International Contemporary Dance Collective (iCoDaCo) project was realised within the framework of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
As an educator, she gives regular contemporary dance classes in Cracow. She also teaches numerous workshops in Poland and abroad. Daily, she teaches in the Studio at the Krakow Choreography Centre.
In November 2020, at the KCC, she launched an experimental creative group “Body Laboratory” geared on the process. As the groupʼs leader, she develops her own movement methods and creative tools, which are then tested and analysed together with the Labʼs participants.