Paweł Sakowicz is a choreographer and dancer. He graduated from the University of Warsaw with a degree in political studies and holds an MA in performance and choreography from the London Contemporary Dance School. He has collaborated with Ramona Nagabczyńska, Marta Ziółek, Iza Szostak, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Rebecca Lazier, Isabelle Schad, Peter Pleyer, Joanna Leśnierowska, Magda Szpecht, and Anna Smolar. For the last few years, he has been working with various artists, curators and theatre makers across Europe.
In the summer of 2013, Paweł was a resident at Berlin’s Uferstudios, where he started to work on a solo inspired by Thomas Bernhard’s language. Bernhard premiered at the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw in June 2014. The piece was selected to be presented at the Polish Dance Platform 2014. In 2015, Sakowicz was an artist in residence at the Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk (as part of the Solo Project Plus 2015). In December 2015, he presented TOTAL, a piece that problematizes the issues of virtuosity and examines speculation as a potential choreographic tool. The piece was selected to be presented at the Polish Dance Platform 2017. In 2017, he was developing another solo work: JUMPCORE was premiered in December 2017 in Lublin (MAAT Festival) and Warsaw (Studio Theatre). As the first choreographic work in Polish history, Jumpcore was purchased to the collection of the Zachęta – National Gallery of Art. In autumn 2018, Paweł and Anna Smolar collaborated on Thriller: a theatre/dance piece for the young audience. In January 2019, Paweł premiered MASAKRA: his first group piece focusing on the latin ballroom dance and its problematic genesis.
Sakowicz’s artistic development was supported by a scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, a residency programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw, by the Alternative Dance Academy of the Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, and by the Centre National de la Danse in Paris. He collaborated as choreographer with Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, Studio Theatre in Warsaw, the Szaniawski Theatre in Wałbrzych, Polski Theatre in Poznań, Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz, Schauspiel Hannover, and Lithuanian National Drama Theatre in Vilnius. Paweł was the curator of two editions of the dance education program Poruszyciele#Wałbrzych. He was awarded for the choreography („Schubert” directed by Magda Szpecht) at the National Competition for the Polish Contemporary Play Staging. He was nominated for the 2016 Polityka Passport Award. 2017 danceWEB scholarship holder. Aerowaves Twenty19 priority artist.