Performer, choreographer, teacher. Born and raised in Lublin, Poland. He was an original member of Silesian Dance Theatre, Poland, (1991-1994) which is identified as the first professional contemporary dance company in Poland. Since 2002 he lives and works in Canada. Mochniej has studied with and performed in the work of a number of prominent New York artists including Anna Sokolow, Talley Beatty, Mark Haim, Stephanie Skura and Risa Jaraslow. He has also performed in the work of Alpo Aaltokoski (Finland), Avi Kaiser (Belgium/ Israel), Paula Ross, Davida Monk and Darcy McGehee (Canada), and others. As an improviser he has studied with Ray Chung, Chris Aiken, David Dorfman and Martin Keough. Mochniej and Monteros launched the company Gdańsk Dance Theatre (1994 )and Gdansk Contemporary Dance School (1994 -2001) . In 2002 GDT has changed the name W&M Physical Theatre. His work has been seen ( over 20 years ) in Austria, Estonia, Finland, France, Poland, Germany, and Italy, as well as Canada.
Mochniej has been an artist in residence for the Bruckner Conservatory, Austria, and for many festivals in Poland and abroad. He created work for “So You Think You Can Dance” Poland. In Calgary, he was a member of Theatre Junction’s Resident Company of Artists based at The GRAND, and a frequent teacher for Decidedly Jazz Dancework’s company class. He has received awards for his contributions to dance in Poland from the cities of both Gdansk and Lublin. His solo work has been presented in Calgary, at the Full Moon Dance Festival in Finland, at the National Theatre in Warsaw and throughout Poland. “Dance Europe” named his performance of Solo Work, Just Po Prostu “Best Performance by a Male Dancer”.
In 2018 he created We_selle accomplished in cooperation with The Institute of Music and Dance as a part of the Choreographic Procurement Program 2018 and in 2019 he created „Intercepted” accomplished in cooperation with The Institute of Music and Dance as a part of the Choreographic Procurement Program 2019 for Kielce Dance Theatre.
Mochniej is a full-time dance faculty member at the University of Calgary. As Instructor in the Dance Division, Wojciech Mochniej teaches contemporary dance, choreography, dance and the camera, dance improvisation, and dance repertory and performance. A professional dance artist of international repute, Mochniej continues to perform and choreograph in Canada and Europe, an international profile which contributes significantly to his students’ global perspective on contemporary dance. Mr. Mochniej has very high expectations of his students’ commitment to their learning and personal development as dance artists. He believes passionately in challenging students to take risks and inspires students to push beyond their comfort levels.