Anna Akabalı

Anna Akabalı choreographer, educator, dancer.

She began her education at the Natıonal Ballet School in Bytom / Poland. She studied at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany where she had the opportunity to dance in works by Jiri Kylian, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Marguerite Donlon and Abou Lagra . She obtained her MA degree in Choreography and Dance Theory from Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw/Poland.

She joined Silesian Dance Theatre in 2008 where she took part in all performances from the theater repertoire, performing in Hong Kong, Iceland, Egypt. In 2011-18 she worked at Ankara State Opera and Ballet in Turkey. In 2018-2019 an academic lecturer at Girne American University – PERA School of Performing Arts in North Cyprus. Since 2020 a lecturer at the Hacettepe University, State Conservatory in Ankara, Turkey. Currently a PhD student at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. 

fot. Barlas Sahinoglu

It is worth emphasizing that Anna Akabalı also serves as an independent artist who is engaged in choreography. She creates works for dance companies and solo projects.
She has cooperated, among others, with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden / Germany, the Wrocław Opera / Poland, the National Opera and Ballet in Ankara / Turkey, the Sopot Dance Theatre / Poland, and the Konin Dance Theatre / Poland.

Her performances have been presented at festivals around the world, including Mexico, Portugal, England, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, and Moldova. 

fot. Barlas Sahinoglu

Scholarships, residencies, awards/honors:

Winner of the Choreographic Territories – New Paths for the Avant-Garde Programme – 2020 choreographic competition with the support of the National Institute of Music and Dance, the Cultural Center in Lublin, and Art Stations Foundation as part of the international cultural program coordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and implemented within the Long-term Program NIEPODLEGŁA for the years 2017-2022.

Polish Culture in the World

A scholarship holder of the Polish Culture in the World program organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Artist Residing Program

A resident of the Artist Residing Program at CerModern in Turkey, where she created the solo choreography Inexplicable.

National Competition of Young Choreographers

Distinction at the 2nd National Competition of Young Choreographers for solo Inexplicable - Poland

Choreographic Competition 3...2...1...DANCE!

Prize in the Choreographic Competition 3...2...1...DANCE! for solo Sitting – Poland