Mathew Janczewski is the founder and artistic director of ARENA DANCES, founded in 1995. He received his BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota in 1994. Mathew was a company member of JAZZDANCE! by Danny Buraczeski from 1992- 1999 and Shapiro & Smith Dance from 1997-2005 while dancing freelance with many other Minneapolis independent choreographers. Garnering glowing and positive reviews as a dancer. From 2005-2010, Mathew was adjunct faculty teaching intermediate modern dance at the University of Minnesota.
Janczewski has been choreographing for over 20 years, creating dances for his own company, ARENA DANCES, and others. With all, he strives to give expression to human emotion and experience that is boldly honest while imbuing them with distinct physicality that draws dancers and audiences deeply into the work. He has received recognition for his choreography through grants and residencies, including; emerging choreographic residency at Bates Dance Festival in 2001, 2005 Sage Award for “outstanding performance”, 2008 Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.
Since 1992, Mathew has choreographed more than 30 contemporary works and several companies have performed Mathew’s distinctive movement. Special projects and commissions have included choreography for Minnesota Dance Theater, The Repertory Project of Cleveland, St. Olaf College, State University of New York – Potsdam, University of Minnesota, Perpich Center for the Arts, St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Zenon Dance Co. and the Walker Art Center. Mathew repeatedly creates works for colleges and university’s throughout Minnesota.
My responsibility is to pose questions and incite awakenings, not only for myself, but for collaborators and audiences. As an artist in contemporary society, I seek personal growth and back-and-forth expression achieved through creating new work and offering lectures, master classes, workshops and continuous dialogue with dancers, directors, and the general public. I am deeply aware that to achieve my goals, my work must be relevant, engaging, and accessible to the broadest community.