Artist of the body, the image and the light
Initially interested in the body, images, and light, Stéphane Gladyszewski studied and worked in photography before completing his B.F.A. in fine arts (Université du Québec à Montréal – UQAM), Concordia University). By the end of his studies, his multidisciplinary orientation was evident.
Attracted to movement, his initiation to dance comes through contact improvisation. A happy—and soon to be challenging—circumstance brings him to audition for Daniel Léveillé Danse in 2004; he will dance in Amour, acide et noix, La pudeur des icebergs and Le crépuscule des océans. His investment in dance also takes form in scenographic objects created for different choreographers, such as Peter James, Anne Thériault, and Hinda Essadiqi. With the work Aura (2005) that Stphane Gladyszewski consolidates the elaboration of his own surrealist language by combining matter, the body, and incantatory dreams.
In 2008, he creates a ‘thermal video’ projection system which he first uses in the project Corps noir. Using the same technological principles, he choreographs the duet Chaleur humaine, presented as part of the project Danse à 10.
With Tête à tête, Gladyszewski continues his research in identity and exploration of intimacy through the spectacle vivant. In 2012, he is honoured with the Prize Art + Émergence by the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, for his creations Corps noir and Tête à tête.