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She is an alumna of the Community Ballet School (studio of Prof. Marta Mirocka) in Krakow. She completed a degree in Art History at the Sorbonne in Paris. In France she became acquainted with the dance of several dozen nations of the world and acquired her specializations in the areas of character dance and historic dance (ÔÇśLe Ballet L├ęgendaire dÔÇÖIle de FranceÔÇÖ, ÔÇśLe Bal Par├ęÔÇÖ, the 7th conservatory in Paris, ÔÇśTh├ęatre Baroque de FranceÔÇÖ).
She is also a dancer of the Bharata Natyam classical Indian dance which she learnt from Smt. M. K. Saroja in Madras.
Romana Agnel has had many occasions to work with illustrious personalities of the music and ballet worlds. She created choreographies for numerous Baroque, classical, and Old Polish operas staged in Poland and abroad. She has participated in the production of performances under the direction of Jean-Claude Malgoire. She has also presented historical dance with the accompaniment of superb soloists: E. Stafa┼äska, U. Bartkiewicz, harpsichordist K. Weiss, and Baroque cello virtuoso J. Ter Linden.
Romana Agnel created the choreography of the performances staged in many theatres ( e.g. The Juliusz S┼éowacki Theatre, Krakow, Poland; The STU Theatre, Krakow, Poland; The 'Ludowy' Theatre, Krakow, Poland; The 'Groteska' Theatre, Krakow, Poland; The Kazimierz Dejmek New Theatre of ┼ü├│d┼║, Poland; The 'Rampa' Theatre of Warsaw, Poland) as well as in opera houses and music theatres (e.g. Atelier Lyrique Theatre of Tourcoimg; Champs Elys├ęes Theatre of Paris, France; 'Konserwatorium' Theatre of Oberlin, USA; 'Concertgebouw' concert hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands; The Margravial Opera House of Bayreuth, Germany; 'Pod Palmovkom' Theatre of Prague, Czech Republic; Warsaw Chamber Opera, Poland; The Krakow Opera, Poland).
She also cooperated with the outstanding musicians and conductors (e.g. E. Stefa┼äska, U.Bartkiewicz, M. Pomianowska, K. Baumann, T. Karolak, W┼é. K┼éosiewicz, V. de Kort, J. ÔÇô C. Makgoir, J. Ter Linden, S. Stadler, S. Standag, K. Weiss) as well as the directors (J. Stokalska, L. Adamik, A. Carr├ę, K. Dejmek, W┼é. Nurkowski, J.Polewka, R. Peryt, A. Weltsch, G. Wi┼Ťniewski, K. Zanussi).
Romana Agnel is the creator of the great majority of the choreographies of 'Cracovia Danza' Court Ballet performances. She is also the originator and the artistic director of 'Cracovia Danza' Court Dance Festival, which is held yearly in August in Krakow, Poland.
Besides, she regularly conducts the dance classes in music academies in Krakow, ┼ü├│d┼║ and Bialystok as well as courses and lectures within her specializations.
The artist has been promoting for years the classical Indian dance Bharatha Natyam in Poland and abroad and she is also the ambassador of Polish and European dance in India.
She is also author of a few publications on the subject of historical dance, amongst others:
ÔÇśThe Importance and Meaning of Gesture in the Opera and Ballet of the 17th and 18th centuriesÔÇÖ [in:] Improvisation in the music of the Baroque, ed. M. Zieli┼äski, the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Bydgoszcz 2004.;' ÔÇśThe Basic Forms of Court Dance in the BaroqueÔÇÖ [in:] Around Baroque Dance, ed. P. Grajter, the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in ┼ü├│d┼║, ┼ü├│d┼║ 2007.;
'Several remarks on the Wawel Castle court dance during the Golden Age' [in:] catalogue of the 'Dance in Krakow' exhibition prepared by 'Cracovia Danza' Court Ballet as a part of celebration of 750th anniversary of the location of the City of Krakow that took place during the 13th 'Cracovia Danza' Court Dance Festival, ed. H. Pietrzak, Krakow, 2007.
ÔÇśThe Origins and the Symbolism of the PolonaiseÔÇÖ [in:] Vom Sch├Ąferidyll zur Revolution. Europ├Ąische Tanzkultur im 18. Jahrhundert. 2. Rothenfelster Tanzsymposion ed. U. Schlotterm├╝ller, H.Weiner, M. Richter, Freiburg 2008.
Romana Agnel received 2nd Prize at the Parisian ÔÇśLa Sc├ęne Fran├žaiseÔÇÖ competition in the area of character dance technique and was honored with the Zofia Rayzacher Prize at the 9th Early Music Festival at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. In 2009 she was distinguished by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage with the ÔÇśMerit of Polish CultureÔÇÖ award and the Medal of the National Education Commission by the Chief Education Officer in the Ma┼éopolskie Region. In 2010 she received the ÔÇśHonoris GratiaÔÇÖ award for meritorious service to the City of Krakow and its inhabitants from the Mayor of the City of Krakow. In 2014 she received the Silver Cross of Merit, awarded by the President of the Polish Republic and the Legion of Honour ÔÇô the highest decoration awarded by the French Government,┬á in 2017 she received a Gloria Artis Medal.