W&M PHYSICAL THEATRE is the professional company created by Wojciech Mochniej and Melissa Monteros in 1994. The name of the non-profit organization supporting their works is W&M Dance Projects of Calgary; the umbrella name encompassing the contemporary dance initiatives under the artistic direction of Wojciech Mochniej and Melissa Monteros. Through the leadership of Monteros and Mochniej, the reputation of the performing company of W&M Physical Theatre has grown and their work tours often and broadly. The artists also create and produce dance films which further extends their visibility. In the community, both local and international, they are active as educators and facilitators. Their initiatives in the community include the Artists in Residence program, WM2 (apprenticeship), and the Surge Co (pre-professional) which are well established. It is a company that continues to demonstrate artistic excellence, audience growth, and strong initiatives in professional activity, education, and community development.
As artists, we are interested in remaining open; open to inspiration, to finding a connection between how we live and respond as humans and the political and social currents that surface in our environment, and to exploring the deeper and sometimes darker currents that lurk below the surface. We strive to use an abstract physical form to create a readable language. All of this is informed by our experiences from Poland and from Finland and influenced by European theatrical forms. The feeling is what drives the work. We try to create layers in images that stimulate thought. The artistic vision is hopefully evolving, maturing, deepening. We are trying to find a more precise, distinct voice; so that each work is a culmination of what we are discovering – to take that forward into the next process. We are looking for a sense that we have completed this era or phase, that all these layers and lines have come back to make a complete whole.