Karol Urbański

Dancer, choreographer and teacher. Between 2012 and 2019, he was the director of the Castle Opera Ballet in Szczecin. He graduated from the State Ballet School in Łódź and the Faculty of Philosophy at Warsaw University. Early in his career, he initiated a partnership with the Grand Theatre in Łódź, where he worked for nine years as dancer and soloist, with a two-year hiatus when he completed his military service in the Central Artistic Ensemble of the Polish Army.

Since 1991, he has been working with the Grand Theatre–National Opera ballet in Warsaw. In 1995–1997, he also danced at the Norwegian National Ballet, in choreographies by Mats Ek, Birgit Cullberg, Krzysztof Pastor and Emil Wesołowski. In 1997, he returned to the National Opera in Warsaw, where he worked until 2010. He has taught at the ballet schools of Łódź and Warsaw. He is currently working as a classical and modern dance teacher for professionals and amateurs in Poland and abroad, running a range of workshops and projects.

In 2007, together with Zbigniew Czapski, he founded the Modern Dance Centre Foundation. In 2008, he was an intern at The Place in London. He was one of the coordinators of the 1st Dance Congress in Kielce. In 2010–2012, he was a specialist for the professional reorientation of dancers at the Grand Theatre – National Opera. As a choreographer, he has authored shows at the Grand Theatre – National Opera (Creations, Requiem for Hollow People), the Kielce Dance Theatre and Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz (A Midsummer’s Night Dream). In 2017, he was awarded the Gloria Artis Merit for Culture bronze medal.
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