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Stefan Wenta

Stefan Wenta, fot. Edward Hartwig
 

Stefan Wenta was born in 1937 in Gdańsk. He worked different jobs as a child to pay for his dance lessons. That was his passion. He was the first dancer and choreographer of the Warsaw Opera.

Thanks to the scholarship awarded to him by the Ministry of Culture and Art for the most talented artists in 1957, together with Roman Polański, Zygmunt Cybulski, Bohdan Kobiela and Olga Sawicka he left for Paris. Due to numerous engagements, for instance at Salle Pleyel and a tour around Europe, Africa and Asia Stefan Wenta decided to stay in France. Later, thanks to a film shot on the basis of his own script, he went to Los Angeles where he settled. In the heart of California he created his own dance ensemble, Wenta Ballet of Los Angeles, and established a dance school that successfully operates to this day. Apart from teaching he was also a choreographer in such productions as Oscar-winning “Reds”, “Logan’s Escape” and “The Last Dance”. He often visited Poland making choreographies for the Warsaw Syrena Theatre and the Music Theatre in Gdynia.

He has been an active choreographer and teacher giving dance lessons to a group of his students six times a week at his own school, Wenta Ballet of Los Angeles.


Interview by Edi Pyrek in Los Angeles in 2011.
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Scholarship abroad
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Single citizenship
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“I’m more aware of my Polishness”
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Polish identity
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One commandment
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