Michaił Zubkov - Poland Artistic Director of the Summer Artistic School
Michał spent 23 years on stage as a dancer. Currently he is a classical dance pedagogue in the „Śląsk” Song and Dance Ensemble (since 2002). Michał finished the ballet school in Perm (Russia). In 1980, he began his career as a dancer in the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Niżnij Novgorod (Russia). He continued in the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vilnius (Lithuania). Since1992 Michał was a soloist of the Kraków Opera (Poland). He danced in classical ballets (“Swan Lake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, ”Nutcracker”, “Giselle”) and in modern pieces. In the Vilnius period he made his first attempts to create choreographies, collaborating with the ‘Fajerleh’ Jewish Dance Ensemble. Drawing on the experience he gained in the group he created a choreography for the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”, staged in the Kraków Opera (1993).
In 1995 he founded his own ballet ensemble - the ’Oranim Dance Group’. There he created successive choreographies for the spectacles: ‘Jewish Wedding’, ‘My Chopiniana’, ‘Only Jokes’ and others In 2000 the ‘Oranim Dance Group’ was a prize-winner of the ‘Music World’ Festival in Fivizzano, Italy. The Ensemble performed on numerous stages in Poland and abroad. In 2002 it performed in Paris.
In 2001, together with Kinga Szblowska, Michaił Zubkov won the 2nd prize at the ‘Le Printemps de la Dance’ Contest in Bordeaux (France). In 2005 he was the finalist of the 10th International Competition of Ballet Artists and Choreographers in Moscow (Russia). In 2012 he was the finalist of the 6th International Sergei Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art in Łódź (Poland).
Michał is a founder, and since 2006, has been the Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Dance Summer School in Koszęcin. As pedagogue, he cooperates with many groups and dance schools in Poland and abroad (Germany, Italy, France, Lithuania and others). He conducts classical and modern dance workshops all over Europe.