BALLET COMPANY OF GYŐR – HUNGARY
The 39-year old Ballet Company of Győr has become one of the most decisive ensemble of the Hungarian dance life. Their repertoire encompasses almost all genres of the art of dance from classical ballet to contemporary dance or experimental projects, from the dance theatre to children’s productions.
The Company has toured almost the entire world over the past decades. They have advanced one of the companies touring the most.
They have succeeded to breed new and newer generations who worthily represent the name of the Ballet Company of Győr everywhere they step on stage.
Their cultural mission is to support the growth of an audience, from generation to generation, that loves and understands the art of dance in former industrial city.
The company have been the organiser of the Hungarian Dance Festival and the Children’s Dance Festivals since 1998. The feast of dance has become a tradition in the city and the region as well. The event is the largest celebration of Hungarian art of dance where a wide range of productions are presented from classical and contemporary styles to folk dance, ballroom dances and experience dance to urban folklore easy to understand and follow by everyone.
László VELEKEI – Artistic Director, Choreographer, Seregi- and Harangozó Award Holder
Born in Mosonmagyaróvár, he studied folk dance and show dance until the age of 10, and graduated as ballet dancer at the Art School of Pécs.
He started his career as a founding member of the Hungarian Festival Ballet in 1996. He joined the Ballet Company of Győr in 1997, and became a private dance of the company in 1999. He has worked for the company as choreographer since 2009 when he finished dancing. He has been the Artistic Director of the Company since 2015.
He was awarded several professional awards in the course of his career such as the Excellent Dance of the Pall Mark Foundation, Junior Lyra- Prize, Martha Graham Fellowship, Fülöp Viktor Fellowship, Philip Morris Prize.
As choreographer, he has received the TAPS (Clap) Prize, Harangozó Prize and Seregi Award. He was awarded the ‚Best Creative of the Season’ granted by the Association of Hungarian Dancers in 2016 and 2018.
The international jury awarded the ‚Best Outsider Choreographer’ prize in Vienna for his etude submitted to the 7th International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Contest choreographer’.
His best known choreographies:
In Memory of Ilona Tóth ’56 (2008) ,
Whirlwind or the Mystery of Imagination (2012, 2019),
Iron Rooster (2014),
Don’t Hurt! (2015),
The Room (2015),
Inner Voices (2016),
Anna Karenina (2016),
Romance – On Works by Zoltán Kodály (2017),
A Refugee from Warsaw (2017),
Romeo and Juliet (2017),
The Scarlet Letter (2017),
PianoPlays – Etudes on Works by Liszt and Wagner (2018),
Miss Julie (2018),
Passage – Symphony VII by Beethoven (2018),
Anna Karenina (2019)
BALLET OF SALZBURG STATE THEATRE – AUSTRIA
The Salzburg State Theatre is the leading and most influential institution for the performing arts in the City and State of Salzburg with a full season. The theatre is home to opera, theatre, dance and the theatre for young audiences »Junges Land«, four vivacious and distinguished companies together under one roof. The theatre is playing 400 performances each season which stretches from September to June.
The main theatre building is located next to the Mirabell Gardens and seats an audience of 707. A total of 25 new productions are presented at the State Theatre each season. Alongside modern and contemporary productions, classic productions in all sectors are staged. 340 persons from 35 different countries work at the State Theatre.
Since 2017/2018 Reginaldo Oliveira is Ballet director and choreographer of Salzburg State Theatre. Oliveira, who grew up in Rio de Janeiro, completed his dance training at the Maria Olenewa School, the Ballet Dalal Achcar and with Jorge Texeira. In 1998 he won the first prize at the Russian Ballet Competition in São Paulo and received a scholarship to the State Academy of Choreography of the Bolshoi Ballet Moscow. In 2000 he became a member of the ballet company at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, where he rose to the rank of soloist in 2003. With the 2006/2007 season he bacame member of the ballet company of the Baden State Theatre Karlsruhe, Germany.
His first choreography, “Attempt”, was presented by Oliveira in the 2009/2010 season as part of “Choreographers introduce themselves”, followed by “Torn” (2012). In a large-scale project, which was shown in several exhibitions throughout Germany, he worked together with Flavio Salamanka and Barbara Blanche 2012 for the Gerlinde Beck Foundation, choreographically and cinematically exploring sculptures by the late sculptor.
For the 2012 Gala of the Birgit Keil Dance Foundation, Oliveira also created “Across the border”, a solo for Flavio Salamanka. Following the premiere, this piece was performed at the 3rd International Ballet Gala Salzburg, at the Ballet Gala for the presentation of the German Tanzpreis 2013 as well as at the World Stars Ballet Gala Donetsk and most recently at the 6th Ballet Gala at the Baden State Theatre Karlsruhe. This was followed by “Presente” for the Gala “Ein Abend für Birgit Keil” (“An Evening for Birgit Keil”) in October 2014 and “Attacke” for Ballet Gala at Baden State Theatre in 2014 and “Eiskalt” in 2015. After its premiere, “Eiskalt” was also successfully performed in Brasília at the Festival Internacional de Dança de Brasília.
Also at the Baden State Theatre he created his first commissioned work “Der Fall M” as part of the ballet evening “Mythos” in 2014. Bruna Andrade, who danced the main role of Medea, received the German Theatre Prize “Der Faust” in the category “Best Actress in Dance” for her role interpretation in this work. A further success was the choreography for the State Ballet as part of the opening show for the 300th birthday of the city of Karlsruhe in 2015.
This was followed by Reginaldo Oliveira’s first full-length story ballet, “Anne Frank”, which premiered in April 2016 at the Baden State Ballet Karlsruhe and was a great success with the audience. This creation also received critical acclaim in various dance magazines, including Angela Reinhardt’s “Choreographer of the Year” nomination for Reginaldo Oliveira in the magazine “tanz”.
In autumn 2017, Reginaldo Oliveira made his debut as the new head choreographer of the Salzburg State Theatre with “Medea – Der Fall M.” as part of “Dionysien” in the Salzburg Festival Theatre Felsenreitschule, which was celebrated by the audience and the press. This was followed in May 2018 by “Balacobaco”, a ballet celebrating the Brazilian way of life. In November 2018, ballet director Oliveira created “Othello”, the first full-length story ballet for the audience of the Salzburg State Theatre, followed by his version of “Romeo and Juliet” in February and Haydn’s “Die Schöpfung” (“The Creation”) as part of “Mysterien” in March 2020.
Kammertänzer / Choreographic Assistant
The Brazilian dancer Flavio Salamanka won the gold medal at the Seminário Internacional de Dança de Brasília in 2002 after first years of training in his home country at the Academia Salamanka, Academia de Ballett Karla Ferreira in Vitoria as well as Studio de Danças in Recife. The Dance Foundation Birgit Keil awarded him the Grand Prix in 2002 and enabled him to train at the Akademie des Tanzes Mannheim. Since 2003/2004 he was engaged at the Baden State Theatre, in 2005 he was awarded the Deutscher Tanzpreis “Zukunft” (German Dance Prize “Future”), already in 2006 he advanced to First Soloist at State Ballet of Karlsruhe and 2011 he was awarded with the Goldener Fächer (Golden Fan) of Kunst- und Theatergemeinde Karlsruhe (Arts and Theatre Association) Karslruhe.
Guest performances have taken him through Germany, to Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Korsika, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and in Austria at the Salzburg Festival. His repertoire includes all major roles of the classical and modern repertoire, he danced pieces by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, William Forsythe, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Peter Schaufuss, Jaroslav Slavický, Jorma Uotinen, Youri Vámos, Hans van Manen, Uwe Scholz, Youri Vámos, Christopher Wheeldon, Richard Wherlock, Sir Peter Wright and Renato Zanella. Numerous choreographers, such as Ray Barra, Davide Bombana, Peter Breuer, Jiří Bubeníček, Ralf Jaroschinsky, Jörg Mannes, Tim Plegge, Heinz Spoerli, Philip Taylor created roles for him. In Reginaldo Oliveiras ballets Flavio Salamanka created the role of the companion of the summoned in “Medea – Der Fall M.” as well as Kitty in the full-length ballet “Anne Frank”. For the 2012 Gala of the Birgit Keil Dance Foundation, Oliveira also created the solo “Across the border” for Flavio Salamanka. Following the premiere, this piece was performed at the 3rd International Ballet Gala Salzburg, the Ballet Gala for the presentation of the German Tanzpreis 2013 as well as the World Stars Ballet Gala Donetsk and the 6th Ballet Gala at the Baden State Theatre Karlsruhe.
In 2010 and 2012 he presented his first choreographies “Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt”, “Das Haus der sieben Frauen” and “Super-stition” for the evening “Choreographen stellen sich vor” (“Choreographers present themselves”) and “Burn it Blue” at the Stuttgart Noverre Society, furthermore he choreographed the “Dance of the Hours” for the opera production “La Gioconda” at the Baden State Theatre Karlsruhe.
In a large-scale project, which was shown in several exhibitions throughout Germany, Salamanka worked together with Reginaldo Oliveira and Barbara Blanche 2012 for the Gerlinde Beck Foundation, choreographically and cinematically exploring sculptures by the late sculptor. 2017 Salamanka created a LED-enhanced choreography for the Bertelsmann Stiftung
In 2013 Flavio Salamanka was awarded the title “Kammertänzer” at the State Ballet of Karlsruhe.
For the 2017/2018 season he left Karlsruhe to join the ballet company of Salzburg State Theatre together with choreographer Reginaldo Oliveira. In the male lead role in Reginaldo Oliveira’s “Medea – Der Fall M.” he convinced press as well as audience, followed by the Prince in Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” and Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”.
In Summer 2018 Jiří Bubeníček invited him to be part of his creation “Má vlast” fot the 100th anniversary oft he founding of Czechoslavakia, presented on Old Town Square in Prague.
In the 2018/2019 season, he created the role of “Othello” in the choreography of Reginaldo Oliveira and presented himself as choreographer to the Salzburg audience with his first full length ballet “The Little Prince”. In February 2020 he created Romeo in Reginaldo Oliveria’s version of “Romeo and Juliet”, followed by his second full length evening as a choreographer, “Tanto … Tango!” in May 2020.
Mikino Karube began her classical dance training at the age of 5 in Japan at the Niigata Ballet School. At the age of 17 she was a finalist in the “Youth America Grand Prix” in New York. In 2011 she moved to the “Rudra Béjart Ballet School” in Lausanne. At the “Béjart Ballet” she danced among others in “Le Sacre du printemps” and “Firebird”. In 2013 she became a member of the Hungarian National Ballet before moving to the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in 2014. There she danced as a soloist in works such as “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker”, “Cinderella” and “Barocco” by J. Przybylowicz.
Since the 2015/2016 season Mikino is a member of the Ballet Company at Salzburg State Theatre, where she danced in Choreographies by Peter Breuer as well as in Reginaldo Oliveira’s “Medea – Der Fall M.” as part of “Dionysien”, “Balacobaco”, “Othello”, the role of The Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet”, Haydn’s “Die Schöpfung” (“The Creation”) as part of “Mysterien”, The Rose and The Fox in Flavio Salamankas “The Little Prince” and “Tanto … Tango!”.
In 2019 Niccolò Masini created the solo “Inerzia” for her and Flavio Salamanka the Pas de deux „FOLLOW INSTINCTS“ for the International Ballet Gala at Salzburg State Theatre.
In 2019/2020 Kristian Lever created a role for her in his choreography for the opera “Oberon”.
STATE OPERA AND BALLET TURKEY
Muge Bayramoglu studied at the classical ballet department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory. After graduation, she joined Istanbul State Ballet in 2008 and soon became a soloist and a principal dancer. During this time she had the opportunity to work with several nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers and danced the lead in many of of ballet productions.After eight years of classical ballet experience, she decided to move into the modern-contemporary field. She moved to New York and worked with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Upon returning to Turkey she joined Istanbul State Opera & Ballet’s “Modern Dance Theatre Istanbul” in 2017.
Berkay Kuskonmaz started with ballroom dancing at the age of 17.He then went onto his professional dance training at Codarts (The Netherlands).During his studies he had the opportunity to work with Jiri Kylian, Stephen Shropshire and Juanjo Arques. He did his internship at Konzert Theatre Bern before returning to his home country, Turkey.
He joined Istanbul State Opera & Ballet’s “Modern Dance Theatre Istanbul”in 2019.
BOLSHOI THEATRE OF BELARUS
The Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus was opened on 25 May 1933 with the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet starring the legendary Belarusian opera diva Larissa Alexandrovskaya in the leading role.
Thus, a professional centre of music, drama and other performing arts was founded in Belarus, making it join the world cultural process and its people familiarize themselves with European opera heritage. In the former Soviet Union, the theatre had a strong reputation as one of the brightest and most talented companies.
Modern history of the theatre began in 2009 when its doors opened again after the large-scale reconstruction of its building had been completed. As a result of the renovation and reconstruction, the stage of the theatre turned into a complex with modern technology and equipment that allow directors to fulfil the most daring ideas.
Among the premieres marking the new epoch in the theatre’s history, one can find opera productions, such as Il trovatore, Un ballo in maschera, Nabucco, Aida, Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi; Tosca, La bohème and Turandot by Giacomo Puccini; The Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini; Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner; The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Georges Bizet’s Carmen; The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Salome by Richard Strauss; and ballet productions, including Cinderella by Sergey Prokofiev, La Sylphide by Herman Løvenskiold, Scheherazade to the music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Anyuta to the music by Valery Gavrilin, Giselle, ou les Wilis by Adolphe Adam, Serenade and The Nutcracker, or Another Christmas Story to the music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sechs Tänze and Petite Mort to the music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Petrushka and The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky, Le Petit Prince by Eugene Glebov, Vitaut by Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, etc.
Today the repertoire of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus comprises over 90 opera and ballet titles, and each is unique in respect of its message, interpretation of music score, designs, vocal and dramatic execution.
The highlights of the theatre’s modern history include new large-scale projects, such as the Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum, the Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition, the Youth Opera Forum of the CIS Countries, the open-air opera and ballet festival “Evenings of the Bolshoi Theatre at the Radziwill Castle”, the Big New Year’s Ball at the Bolshoi Theatre, and the Ballet Summer at the Bolshoi, etc.
The Belarusian artists are in demand internationally, as evidenced by numerous engagements with renowned companies from different continents, as well as extensive touring.
In 2014, the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus was awarded UNESCO’s commemorative medal, the Five Continents Medal, in recognition of its considerable contribution to world culture and on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Belarus’ membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
VALENTIN ELIZARIEV (Artistic Director, Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus)
People’s Artist of the USSR
Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus
Valentin Elizariev’s artistic career began at the Vaganova Leningrad Academic Choreographic School (graduated in 1967) and Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad State Conservatory (graduated in 1973). In 1970 he won the all-union ballet competition in Moscow. In 1973 he was invited to the State Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus as the principal choreographer.
In his first works he announced himself as an artist, whose creativity and talent go hand in hand with the eternal problems of concern to mankind. In Belarus he staged productions, which became an epoch in the development of the national choreographic art. Among them: Carmen Suite (1974), The Creation of the World (1976), Till Eulenspiegel (1978,2004), Spartacus(1980), The Nutcracker (1982), Carmina Burana (1983), Bolero (1984), The Rite of Spring (1986, 1997), Romeo and Juliet (1988), Don Quixote (1989), Passions (Rogneda) (1995), The Firebird (1998), The Sleeping Beauty (2001). Elizariev’s productions had been professionally acclaimed by the musical and theatrical community as a phenomenon, whose importance goes far beyond the national art. They made him one of the most interesting figures of the European ballet theatre of the twentieth century and became a classic of the modern choreography.
From 1992 to 1996 Valentin Elizariev held the position of the artistic director of the ballet company of the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus. From 1996 to 2009 he occupied the post of the director and artistic director of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre. Since September 2018 he is artistic director of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.
In 1993 Valentin Elizariev was awarded the special prize for the best choreography at the 7th International Ballet Competition in Moscow.
In 1996 he was awarded the title “Best choreographer of the year” and prize “Benois de la Danse” in Paris. This event caused a global public attention.
Twice he was awarded the Special Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus for the achievements in the sphere of choreographic art and the contribution in the development of the foreign relations of the Republic of Belarus (1998, 2001). In 2001 he received the Letter of Official Thanks of the President of the Republic of Belarus for the participation of the theatre in the Days of the Republic of Belarus Culture in the Russian Federation. Elizariev is a recipient of the Francysk Skaryna Medal (1997) and Orders of Fatherland III and II degree (2003, 2007).
From 2003 he is a member of the Council of Europe in the sphere of culture.
Among his awards: the title “Honourary Citizen of the City of Minsk” (2007), National Theatre Award (2011), main prize of the Union of the Theatre Workers of Belarus “Crystal Paulinka” (2012), UNESCO’s Five Continents Medal (2016), title “The Person of the Year” (2017). Valentin Elizariev is also a winner of the Union State Literature and Art Award 2017-2018.
Valentin Elizariev also staged productions in Leningrad (Till Eulenspiegel at the Kirov Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theatre), Moscow (Moods at the Bolshoi Theater of the USSR, Classical Symphony and Poem for the State Concert and Choreographic Ensemble ‘Classical Ballet’), Ljubljana (Giselle at the Opera and Ballet Theatre), Istanbul (Don Quixote at the Opera and Ballet Theatre), Warsaw (choreographic triptych Valentin Elizariev’s Ballets at the Warsaw Bolshoi Theatre), Tokyo (Esmeralda, Swan Lake and Don Quixote for the NBA Theatre Ballet Company), Ankara (Spartacus at the Opera and Ballet Theatre), Cairo (Spartacus at the Cairo Opera House), etc.
During 2017-2019, at the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus Valentin Elizariev created new versions of Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian, Romeo and Juliet by Sergey Prokofiev, The Creation of the World by Andrey Petrov and renewed Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite.
Valentin Elizariev was elected Academician of the International Slavic Academy (1996) and Academician of the Petr I Academy of Science and Arts (1997). He is a Professor of the Belarusian State Academy of Music. He has been the head of the Belarusian choreographic training school for more than four decades.
Valentin Elizariev is the chairman of the jury of the International Festival of Modern Choreography in Vitebsk for many years. Also he is a member of the jury of the major international ballet competitions in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Novosibirsk, (Russia); Kiev (Ukraine); Jackson (USA), Varna (Bulgaria), Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya (Japan); Beijing, Shanghai (China), etc.
People’s Artist of Belarus (2019)
Irina Eromkina graduated from the Belarusian State Choreographic College. She joined the ballet company of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus in 1997.
The dancer has outstanding artistic individuality. She is a master of classical dance technique. Elegance and sense of style, purity of performance, legerity, graceful dance harmony, and musicality are her inherent features. Irina Eromkina’s interpretations of roles from classical and modern ballets are considered significant achievements of national choreographic art, and demonstrate the diversity of talent and the variety of the dancer’s artistic character.
Her repertoire includes the title role in Anastasia by Vyacheslav Kuznetsov; Aurora and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Phrygia in Aram Khachaturian’s Spartacus; the Beloved in Carmina Burana by Carl Orff; Rogneda in Passions by Andrei Mdivani; Nikia in La Bayadère by Ludwig Minkus; Medora in Le Corsaire by Adolphe Adam; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev; the title role in Giselle, ou les Wilis by Adolphe Adam; Maria in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by Boris Asafiev; the title role in Anyuta by Valery Gavrilin; Aysha in Seven Beauties by Kara Karaev; Anna in Vitaut by Vyacheslav Kuznetsov; the Girl in Boléro by Maurice Ravel; the title role in Cinderella by Sergey Prokofiev; the title role in The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky; Kitri in Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus; Pascuala in Alexander Krein’s Laurencia; Baijan in Love and Death by Polad Bülbüloğlu; the Beloved in Le Petit Prince by Eugene Glebov; the Soloist in Petite Mort to the music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; the Woman in Mikhail Krylov’s Orr and Ora; the title role in La Sylphide by Herman Løvenskiold; Dream in Sonnets to the music by Peter Warlock and Ralph Vaughan Williams; Eve in The Creation of the World by Andrey Petrov, etc.
Francysk Skaryna Medal (2014)
Gold medal in the category ‘Academic Dance’ at the 6th Open Youth Delphic Games of the CIS Member States (Armenia, 2010)
Grand prize of the Special Fund of the President of the Republic of Belarus for Support of Talented Youth (2010)
Igor Onoshko is a graduate of the Belarusian State Choreographic College. Since 2007, he has danced with the ballet company of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.
Igor Onoshko is a soloist of versatile talent, who is equally masterful at both tragedy and romance, classical and contemporary repertoire. The outstanding culture of his dance makes it possible for him to grasp the very core of the choreographic thought and the undertones of sentiment. His spirituality, intellect and exceptional professional consistency make the soloist one of the central characters in each performance.
His repertoire includes Simeon in Anastasia by Vyacheslav Kuznetsov; Basilio, the Slave and pas d’action in Don Quixote and La Bayadère by Ludwig Minkus; Albert in Giselle by Adolphe Adam; Siegfried and pas de trois, the Prince and Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, or Another Christmas Story by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; the Young Man in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by Boris Asafiev; Romeo, Tybalt, Paris in Romeo and Juliet by Sergey Prokofiev; the Goliard in Carmina Burana to the music by Carl Orff; God in The Creation of the World by Andrey Petrov; the Young Man in Thamar to the music by Mily Balakirev; the Golden Slave in Scheherazade to the music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Artynov and the Student in Anyuta by Valery Gavrilin; Waltz in Serenade to the music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Torero in Carmen Suite by Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin; the title role in Vitaut by Vyacheslav Kuznetsov; Shah Bahram in Seven Beauties by Kara Karaev; the Soloist in Flower Festival in Genzano by Edvard Helsted; Ivan in The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky; Frondoso in Laurencia by Alexander Krein; the Pilot in Le Petit Prince by Eugene Glebov, etc.
COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL DE DANZA – SPAIN
He was born in Alcoy (Alicante), where he began his ballet training in 1988. In January 2000, he joined Compañía Nacional de Danza 2, under the direction of Nacho Duato and Tony Fabre. During this period he danced choreographies of Nacho Duato, Tony Fabre, Yoko Taira, Nicolo Fonte and Patrick de Bana.
In 2001, he became part of the principal Company, dancing works by prestigious choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Jiri Kilyan, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, Itzik Galili, Marcos Morau, among others.
He leaves CND in 2008 to be part of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens of Montreal under the direction of Gradimir Pankov. In 2009, he returns to the CND where he remains at present as a principal dancer.
Kayoko Everhart was born in Tokyo (Japan). She studied from 1993 to 2000 at the Washington Contemporary Ballet under Kay Englert’s directorship and took summer courses in the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet School. In 2000 she entered the San Francisco Ballet School and in 2002 transferred to the Tulsa Ballet Theatre, directed by Marcello Angelini. Two years later, in September, 2004, she joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza. In 2012 she was promoted as CND Principal Dancer under the artistic direction of José Carlos Martínez.
Since joining CND she has danced principal roles in the Jardín Infinito, Cobalto, Gnawa and Alone for a second, de Nacho Duato, Carmen (the role of Carmen), by Johan Inger, Romeo y Juliet (Juliet role), by Goyo Montero, Herman Schmerman, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated and Artifact II, by William Forsythe, Sleepless, by Jirí Kylián. She as also danced in other ballets by prestigious choreogaphers such as Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin or Tony Fabre among others.
BUCHAREST NATIONAL OPERA – ROMANIA
He graduated from the Choreography High School in Cluj – Napoca in 1995. He has won numerous prizes, including the first prize at the National Ballet Competition in 1994 and the Silver Medal in the International Ballet Competition “Oleg Danovski” in 1997. he continued his studies within the University of Sciences and Arts “Gheorghe Cristea” – Choreography Section.
In 1997 he becomes first – soloist of the “Oleg Danovski” Ballet Theater in Constanța, where he works until 2006. During this period he dances in the shows: Mozartissimo, Requiem (Verdi), Steps (Steve Crosby and Barry Upton) – choreography: Gigi Căciuleanu; Seasons, Storm – choreography Sergiu Anghel; Carmen, The Miraculous Mandarin,Swan Lake,Sleeping Beauty – choreography Oleg Danovski.
In 2006 he joins the ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera as a first soloist and dances in the main roles in the shows: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, “Cinderella”, “Corsair”, “Don Quixote”, “Giselle”, “Casanova”, “Anna Karenina”, “Women”, “Serenade”, “Tango. Radio and Juliet ”and the Fantastic Symphony (Gigi Căciuleanu).
As a first soloist he has collaborated with prestigious institutions such as the “Oleg Danovski” Ballet Theater in Constanta, the Iasi National Opera in the shows: “The Nutcracker”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “La Fille mal gardée”, the National Opera Cluj-Napoca, Timişoara National Opera, Brasov National Opera and “Radu Stanca” National Theater in Sibiu.
Since May 2016 he holds the position of Ballet Director of the Bucharest National Opera.
He was born on June 3, 1988 in Bucharest. He graduated from the “Floria Capsali” High School of Choreography, where he studied several dance styles besides the classical one: modern dance, Romanian dance and character dance. Within the school, he followed classical dance internships with Gilbert Mayer, Sergiu Stefanschi and neoclassical internships, with Arlet von Boven.
In 2006, he obtained the training scholarship in Munich, at the Heinz Boss Stiftung Academy, where he studies with the master Alexandre Prokofiev. He joined the Ballet Company of the Bucharest National Opera in 2007, and in 2011 he became first soloist, having in the repertoire roles from the great classical and neoclassical ballets: Basilio in Don Quixote, Colas in La fille mal garde, Albrecht in Giselle, James in La Sylphide, Solor and the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, Konrad, Lankedem, Ali in Le Corsaire, Armand – Marguerite and Armand, Classical Symphony – Yuri Possokhov, The Fantasy Waltz by George Balanchine, Siegfried, Rothbart, Beno – Pas de trois in the Swan Lake , In the middle, Somewhat Elevated-William Forsythe, Petite Mort – Jiri Kilyan, Tango. Radio and Juliet – Edward Clug, In the night – Jerome Robbins Couple 3, The Blue Bird and Desire from Sleeping Beauty , The Dream – choreography Frederick Ashton, DSCH – choreography Alexei Ratmansky.
In 2014 she dances with Iana Salenko in La Sylphide and Alina Cojocaru in La Fille mal gardée and Marguerit and Armand, performances in the National Opera of Bucharest. In 2014 she dances in the “Alina Cojocaru Dream Project in Tokyo” project, in 2015 at the Asteras Tokyo Ballet Gala and in 2016 at the Osaka Artistic Ballet Gala. In 2015 he collaborates as a Guest Artist with Tulsa Ballet USA for a tour in Italy.
Was born in 1987, in Bucharest. At the age of eleven he is accepted as a student of the “Floria Capsali” High School of Choreography in Bucharest, a high school whose courses he will graduate in the summer of 2007. Also in the same year, he is employed at the Romanian Opera in Bucharest, but the collaboration with the institution had to start somewhere much earlier, since the young man was still a student. Here he had the chance to develop and grow professionally, both from an artistic point of view, as well as technically in solo and solo roles.
Within the repertoire of the Bucharest National Opera, the young man would dance numerous roles of some classics, both classic and modern: Ali, Birbanto from Corsaire Ballet, Prince from Nutcracker, Alberth from Giselle by Adolphe Adam, Solor, Bronze Idol from Baiadera, Brothers from Red and Black Ballet, Tango, Radio and Juliet by Eduard Clug, Acar from Anna Karenina, in the editing of the choreographer Ioan Tugearu.
In the winter of 2013 he is invited by the Croatian National Ballet to dance in the season ballet roles such as: Giselle, Coppelia on Montmarte in the choreography of Youry Vamos, Anna Karenina and Alice in the Wonderland in the choreographic vision of Ashley Page.
In the summers of 2005 and 2006 he collaborated intensely with the ballet company Europa Dance, founded in France. Here he worked and collaborated directly with sound names in the world of dance, such as: Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Matz Ek.
He has participated in numerous organizations and forums of artistic profile, galas and famous festivals.
In the summer of 2006 he is invited to the International Dance Congress organized in Monaco, also in the same year he participates as a guest at the International Ballet Gala organized in Bucharest within the National Opera. In 2009 he participates as a guest in the “George Enescu” Festival, playing the role of Siegfried in the ballet Lake of Swans by Piotr Ilici Tchaikovsky, in 2010, he wins with a contemporary dance band, the prize for best performance and best choreography, under the signature of Andreea Tănăsescu.
For the past two years he has lived in Taiwan, where he danced in a classical and neoclassical dance troupe, playing roles as Siegfred in the ballet Lake Swans, Le Sacre du printemps. He was also invited to teach at the Universities: Taiwan National University of Arts, National Taiwanese University of Arts.
Currently, he is the first Soloist of the Bucharest National Opera.
THE ROYAL DANISH BALLET – DENMARK
Oliver Marcus Starpov
Born and raised in Copenhagen he started dancing ballet at the age of 7 at the balletschool of The Royal Danish ballet. From age 14-16 he started getting interested in choreographing, and developed skills within the children’s company at the school called ‘Kompagni B’. At the age of 16 he got hired as an apprentice with the company and after finishing the apprentice program he got hired as corps de ballet with The Royal Danish Ballet at tha age of 18.
As a dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet he has danced in many various productions both classical and contemporary with highlights like ‘AfteRite’ by Wayne McGregor, ‘Vertical Road’ by Akram Khan, ‘Rubies’ by George Balanchine, ‘The Society of Lost Souls’ by Jo Strömgreen, ‘Minus 7’ by Ohad Naharin, ‘Symphony of Psalms’ by Jiri Kylian and the most goes on.
As a choreographer he got his big break when he created the Russian and Spanish diverts for Nikolaj Hübbe and Silja Schandorffs Swanlake and only 19yo. At the age of 20 he created his first own production with The Royal Danish Ballet called ‘Beginning & Ending’, and the year later he received the prestigious Reumert Talent award for that same production. In the recent years he has created various pieces for The Royal Danish ballet such as ‘Dreams Rewind’, ‘My Daddy Loves Sugar’ and ‘Duo’ to name a few. As a choreographer he is very versatile and creates everything from highly classical storytelling ballets to abstract contemporary work.”
Eukene Sagues Abad
Born in Spain and growing up in a theatre family, she started dancing at Ballet School of Navarra at the age of 6. Besides her dance training she also took violin and acting lessons, for many years. At the age of 15 she got a scholarship to go dance in Toulouse with VM Dance Studio, and later on got moved to their junior company where she won several prizes at different dance competitions around France such as ‘Concours International de Danse Classique’, ‘Le Chausson d’Or’ and ‘Je Monte Sur Scéne’.
At the age of 19 she got hired as corps de ballet with ‘Ballet du Capitol of Toulouse’ and has danced in many various productions such as ‘Coppélia’ by Charles Jude, ‘Romeo and Juliette’ by Rudolf Nureyev and ‘A Million Kisses to My Skin’ by David Dawson amongst many others both classical and contemporary works.
At the age of 23 she got hired at The Royal Danish Ballet. Here she got to broaden her repertoire even more with works from various choreographers such as John Neumeier, Balanchine, Wayne McGregor, August Bournonville, Jiri Kylian, Liam Scarlett, Oliver Starpov, Christopher Wheeldon and so on. While dancing with The Royal Danish Ballet she also performs in various galas around the world.”