2017/18 Choreographer Medhi Walerski

Medhi Walerski has been dancing with Nederlands Dans Theater for more than a decade. In 2013 he was awarded the most important Dutch dance prize VSCD Zwaan 2013 for his role in School of Thought (Léon & Lightfoot). Walerski will create new work for the NDT 1 programme Strike Root in 2015.

After his education in classical ballet, modern dance and improvisation, Walerski joined the Paris Opéra Ballet and Ballet National du Rhin in Mulhouse, France, as a professional dancer. In 2001 he continued his dance career with NDT 2 and moved up to NDT 1 in 2003, where he has grown into a soloist dancer who is vital to the image of the company.

Walerski has worked with many choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, Emio Greco, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite and more.

It was with Mammatus (2008) for NDT 2, that the Frenchman made his official debut as a choreographer in the regular season’s programme. Soon after the premiere, it was presented in Germany and Scotland. He then created Underneath (2008), Blink of an Eye (2011) and Chamber (2012) for NDT 1, the latter was performed in Los Angeles and Chapell Hill in 2013, and in China in Fall 2014. Since 2009, Walerski has worked as a freelance choreographer for Bern ballet, Göteborg Ballet and Ballet BC. His choreographies Words failed me (Bern Ballet), LaLaLand (Göteoborg Ballet together with Alexander Ekman), Petite Cérémonie and Prelude (Ballet BC) have earned him rave reviews.

His latest work for NDT Chamber was mentioned as one of the 10 best performances of 2013 by the Los Angeles Times. “With this strongly build-up Chamber Walerski proves with what choreographic ease he can play the big ballet stage” (de Volkskrant).