Jan Bartoszek is the founder and artistic director of Hedwig Dances, a Chicago-based contemporary dance theater ensemble. Throughout her career, she has fostered a spirit of collaboration with other artists; merging choreography, objects, media, text and music to create dances that resonate with emotional complexity and depth.
Ms. Bartoszek has choreographed over 65 dances in her career that critics have described as “intelligent, accomplished, moving” (Chicago Tribune) and “poignantly human” (Chicago Reader). These dances have been presented in national performance venues and internationally in Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Brazil and Canada. In 2014, she received a National Performance Network Creation Fund Grant to develop and tour Trade Winds, a dance collaboration between Hedwig Dances and the Havana-based contemporary dance company DanzAbierta. She has garnered numerous choreography fellowships including one from the National Endowment for the Arts and eight from the Illinois Arts Council. The Chicago Dance Coalition granted her a Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Dance Community for “keeping the spirit and vision of MoMing alive through her work at the Chicago Cultural Center, serving as an educator, mentor, presenter, administrator, and promoter of dance in the city with inspirational excellence.” Today’s Chicago Woman included her in “100 Women Making A Difference” for her contribution to Chicago’s cultural landscape. She was one of twelve Chicago dance artists selected to participate in the Regional Dance Development Initiative sponsored by NEFA and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum. Her dance film, Arch of Repose, received a 2016 Emmy nomination.
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