National Ballet of Portugal

National Ballet of Portugal is the prime scene for dance art in Portugal since its establishment in 1977. It produces both classical and modern dance productions and its soloists are visiting Slovakia for the first time with the choreography Lento para Quarteto de Cordas by the renowned Portuguese choreographer Vasco Wellenkamp.

Peggy Konik was born in France where she started dancing guided by her parents, former dancers. She studied dancing at Rouen conservatory. She was a freelance dancer between 1989 and 1992, performing in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Limoges.

Peggy joined Opera Toulon in 1992 and artistically directed by Jean Louis Ivanoff, performed as soloist in productions of classical ballets. In 1997 she left for Madrid, where she was hired by Victor Ullate Ballet and in 2000 became the first soloist. Peggy has danced multiple roles of classical and modern repertoire such as Don Quixote, Giselle, The Firebird, Van Gogh and others. Peggy Konik has been with the National Ballet of Portugal as the first soloist since 2003 and is portraying lead roles in dozens of productions by worldwide renowned choreographers such as G. Balanchine, N. Duato, W. Forsythe, E. Clug and others.

She performed at the International Gala in Japan, international gala of the National Ballet of Portugal, dance festival Bodrum in Turkey, Gala Logroño in Spain and other gala shows in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, USA or in Mexico.

Peggy is also active as a teacher, she has been teaching dance at the National Ballet of Portugal since 2016 and has worked as an assistant choreographer at iTMOi / Akram Khan Company, as well as for the production of Swan Lake with Fernando Duarte. In 2017 she was a jury member of Faro-Dançarte dance competition.

João Pedro Costa is an upcoming talent of Portuguese dance, a graduate of Portuguese national dance conservatory. His first experience came as an internship at Companhía Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo, a contemporary dance company, where he worked with the prominent Portuguese choreographer Vasco Wellenkamp on the show Fado, Rituals and Shadows.

He has been a member of the National Ballet of Portugal since 2015 and performs in both classical and modern shows such as the Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Bayadére, Orpheus and Euridyce and others.