Michaela born in Slovakia, is a UK based choreographer, dancer and movement director. She is also the Artistic Director of MCDC – Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company - which she founded in 2014.
Michaela’s unique style fuses elements of physical theatre and contemporary with Popping, Breaking and other Hip Hop styles. “The way Michaela dances and tells a story is quite remarkable. You can literally feel it oozing from her” – Theatre Full Stop
She’s become a prominent voice on the UK dance scene, and is now an associate artist of Walker’s 201 Dance Company. She was a dancer in 201’s break-through hit ‘SMOTHER’ (“Taking Hip Hop into thrillingly new terrain” – The Guardian), and last year took the lead role in the company’s second show - ‘SKIN’ (A masterpiece of human sensitivity – “Fringe Review”) - which recently completed a UK tour.
Michaela is a physical theatre and dance practitioner. In 2012, she completed her first class BA (HONS) Degree in Dance Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, where She began to train and develop as a contemporary dancer.
Michaela went on to achieve the Jasmin Vardimon PGCertificate in physical theatre; where the combination of character, narrative and physical theatre methods matched so well her own interests.
She is also leading an extensive performance career alongside her choreographic work. Performance credits include: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015/16/17, Breakin’ Convention at Sadler’s Wells, Resolution, Protein Dance, 201 Dance Company, Spoken Word and others.
Michaela experienced different styles of dance from Ballet, through African into Krump throughout her career. She focuses on Contemporary and Hip Hop Dance Theatre, where she finds strength, passion and space for expanding and exploring new possibilities and allowing her to add her personal characteristics as a performer.
"Michaela Cisarikova who exudes the most heart through her dancing."
Michaela Cisarikova is utterly beguiling. The way she dances and tells a story is quite remarkable. You can literally feel it oozing from her.
"Michaela Cisarikova plays the main character. She is equally at home as an actor with a natural emotional range and as a dancer of contemporary and hip-hop movement."
This is not my body. This is not my body. This is not my body. This is not my body.
After the sell-out international tour of Smother, 201’s award-winning hip-hop theatre returns with SKIN: a boy’s intimate journey of gender transition to discover a body that feels like home.
Fusing urban and contemporary styles with an original score, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of 7 dancers in a fast paced, emotionally driven story of family, identity and belonging.
★★★★★ “201 have created a masterpiece of human sensitivity” - EdFringe Review
★★★★★ “Thrilling...Thought provoking” - The Wee Review
★★★★★ “Beautiful...Uplifting” - Voice Mag UK
★★★★ "Packs an emotional punch,steering Hip Hop into fresh territory" - The Times
Can you stay true to yourself, when everything suggests you change? 201’s raw, contemporary hip-hop returns in Smother: a story of two men's broken encounter.
This groundbreaking production touches on themes of addiction, obsession, and the meaning of commitment. Choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of seven dancers in a fast-paced, intimate performance, exploring the relationship of two young men.
★★★★★ "UNPARALELLED BEAUTY...A striking dystopian fairytale reminiscent of Jamie Brittain's Skins" - EdFest Magazine
★★★★★ "OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY...Powerful, detailed and very relatable" - Edinburgh49
★★★★ "Takes hip-hop into thrillingly new terrain" - The Guardian
★★★★ "This is the new generation of street dance" - The Times
aLove Story takes you on a journey we can all relate to. In a digital age, this piece explores the attachment love can bring.
Are we more devoted to gadgets than our loved ones, seeking positive reinforcement and emotional attachment from our phones in place of other human beings?
The work has been performed at Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells, Camberwell Arts Festival at Longfield Hall and The Blue Elephant Theatre.
aLove Story is a first site - specific work showcased at Breakin' Convention.
"Breakin' Convention it’s a platform for big personalities and amazing moves"