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Hedwig Dances creates and performs contemporary dance works from a variety of choreographers that convey the essence of the human experience via movement and expression. Through its training and mentoring programs, Hedwig Dances teaches dance and movement to professional dance artists, thereby enriching the cultural life of the individuals and communities it reaches.
Hedwig Dances is a contemporary dance theatre ensemble under the artistic direction of its founder, Jan Bartoszek. Hedwig Dances' bold, interdisciplinary collaborations combine poetic choreography with sculptural artifacts, projected images, and haunting original music. The resulting dances resonate with complexity and depth and provoke emotion, connection, and wonder. In 1992 Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Lois Weisberg invited Hedwig Dances to become the dance company in residence at the Chicago Cultural Center. Hedwig Dances reaches out into the community through public performances, collaborations, and dance education. The company is named after Ms. Bartoszek's paternal grandmother.