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Dance / Choreographer

Wiesław Dudek

Wieslaw Dudek is a Dance Artist and Pedagogue. Wieslaw graduated from the State Ballet School in Lodz in Poland and was awarded the prize for “Best Graduate of ballet schools in Poland” in 1996 awarded from Ballet Foundation in Szczecin. His stage works consists of numerous solo roles which he had the pleasure of creating during his professional career initially at the Great Theatre National Opera in Warsaw, then as the first soloist at the Great Theatre in Lodz. 

He joined Stuttgart Ballet in Germany before moving to the Staatsballet Berlin as a soloist in the year 2003, where he continued his career for the next nine years as First Soloist. Wieslaw is an outstanding dance artist with a very rich artistic output, which was appreciated by numerous international choreographers such as M. Bejart, J. Neumeier, U. Scholz, K. MacMillan, J. Cranko. Particularly noteworthy and internationally recognised is his interpretation of Onegin in the choreography of J. Cranko. Wieslaw has collaborated with world-leading ballet ensembles, such as Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Royal Opera in Stockholm. He has performed around the world, in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, USA, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, China, France, Spain, Russia, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Sweden, Greece and Poland.

Particularly remarkable in his artistic biography is the fact that in 2013 he was the first polish ballet dancer to star with the ballet Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, interpreting the role of Onegin in J. Cranko’s “Onegin”.

Thanks to his artistic success and stage experience Wieslaw is invited to sit on the jury and conduct dance lessons at many prestigious international competitions and youth dance workshops. He has also been on the jury of ballet competitions in Poland. 

In 2014/15 he took on the role of Ballet Master at the Hungarian Dance Academy and Opera in Budapest. Since 2015 he lives and works in Tokyo mostly with Architanz open studio and Tokyo City Ballet. In the year 2021-2022 he was teaching ATP program for professionals. As a guest teacher he works with the Stuttgart Ballet, the John Cranko School, Tokyo City Ballet and others. 

In 2015 he was awarded the special prize for the sum of his artistic achievements by the Marshal of the Lodz Province as well as the “Silver Medal of Gloria Artis” awarded by the Minister of Culture and Art.

Wieslaw is the originator and director of the Polish-Japanese project “Youth Spirit of Dance” that had its premiere on September 2017. The show has been a huge success in the country and internationally.

In 2018 he was honoured by the city of Ostrow Wielkopolski, where he was born, with the

Wojciechy award for outstanding achievements in the field of culture. In June 2019 he was awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for promoting Polish culture in the world. In 2021 he was awarded the special ballet prize in Poland “Pearls of dance”, same year he received the title of “Ambassador of Polish Culture” awarded by KGHM Poland.

One can now read about his career and life in the book of Jan Stanisław Witkiewicz, “Shoko
Nakamura and Wieslaw Dudek” which was published in 2015 in Germany and Poland.

From June 2022 Wieslaw is a Founder and President of “Wieslaw’s Dudek Spirit of Dance Foundation”.

In March 2023 he graduated from Cultural Studies – Creative Producent and Manager of Culture at the Academy of Humanities and Economics in Lodz.