Agnieszka Laska – choreographer
danced 25-plus years with Balet Form Nowoczesnych AGH — a top Polish modern dance company, touring Europe and North America. She also choreographed extensively for leading Polish theatre companies in award-winning productions across Europe and at festivals: Edinburgh and Avignon, etc.
In Portland since 2001, she launched Agnieszka Laska Dancers in 2003, creating numerous works, often to music of local composers Tomas Svoboda and Jack Gabel among others, usually with musicians on stage. ALD performs regionally and in several occasions toured to dance festivals in Mexico and Poland. Ms. Laska was a finalist in the choreographic competition Lenguaje Contemporáneo in Monterrey, Mexico 2005.
As a choreographer, Agnieszka is known for creating provocative works related to the most painful issues of our time. Her multimedia productions The Fall ’01, Lamentatio, Homeland Insecurity have taken us to 9/11′s ground zero, Middle East battle fields, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, through airport body scans and into the very heart and soul of humanity’s suffering. Her most recent work Broken Flowers, addressing the painful subject of teen sex slavery and human trafficking, was presented last year in Portland and Mexico.
Ms. Laska collaborates closely with artists in various disciplines in the USA, Mexico and her native Poland. She served as Assistant Director for Astoria Music Festival’s opera productions: Wozzeck (2010), The Marriage of Figaro (2011) and The Magic Flute (2012). She was Stage Director for The Canticle of the Black Madonna (2013); an opera/oratorio by Ethan Gans-Morse. Agnieszka works as a freelance choreographer, light designer, director, producer, video editor, medical and legal interpreter.