Katarzyna Gdaniec was born in Poland. From the age of eight she dedicated herself to artistic gymnastics and won the Artistic Gymnastics European Junior Championships in 1974. She then studied at the National Ballet School in Gdansk, where she graduated. In 1983 she won 1st Prize at the Gdansk National Dance Competition, which enabled her to participate in the Prix de Lausanne and obtain the Johnson Foundation Prize. In 1985 she entered Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XX Siècle and remained with the company as principal dancer until 1991. Katarzyna has been a choreographer since 1987. She created her first works for the “Young Choreographers” workshop organised by the Ballet du XX Siècle. As of 1992 she devotes herself entirely to choreography, having left the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and founded, with Marco Cantalupo, Compagnie Linga, for which she has co-authored over forty choreographies.