State Theatre Košice

Ballet company of State Theatre Košice is one of the leading artistic bodies in Slovakia and abroad. The ballet company was founded in 1947 and has gone through different forms and transformations accordingly to the era it existed in. Its renaissance started in 2000 when the the renowned Slovak choreographer Ondrej Šoth took over the artistic directing. His choreography and directing work, as well as suggestive perception of art and theatre, left a deep professional footprint on the ballet company of Košice State Theatre. Šoth created many ballet productions that have succeeded both home and abroad. The company received numerous awards under Šoth’s lead and its quality has put it among the top European professional companies.

Currently led by Andrii Sukhanov, the company commands a fine roster of dancers and varied repertoire of all genres typical for a theatre house. The repertoire includes wide-known classical titles such as the Swan Lake, the Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker, Giselle, Bayadère, neo-classical ballets such as Anna Karenina, Romeo & Juliet, Carmen or Spartacus and also contemporary pieces like Death in Venice, Sándor Márai, Verdi Requiem, Charlie Chaplin, the Diary of Anne Frank, Hamlet and others.

Sergii Iegorov was born in Kiev where he studied dance at conservatory and university. He became soloist of the Ukrainian National Theatre in Kiev while still studying and spent 8 years at its stage. In 2006, he became soloist of the State Theatre Košice, went on to be soloist of the Slovak National Theatre in 2010-2011 and came back to Košice since. His repertoie includes solo parts in pieces such as the Swan Lake,  Carmen, Romeo & Juliet, Requiem, Odysseus, Bayadère, Spartacus, Cinderella and many others.

He is a multiple prizes laureate and a top-contender of many competitions in Ukraine and across the world and was awarded the Dancer of the Year 2009 TAOS Award in classical dance. He performed at festivals in Japan, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Germany, Turkey, Canada, Russia and other countries.

Vasyl Sevastyanov is also coming from Kiev, having studied dance at conservatory and choreography at the university. After finishing conservatory studies, he became soloist of the State Theatre Košice, where he also started acting as an assistant choreographer later. He was a guest performer at the Slovak National Theatre between 2010-2012 and has been a guest at Sopron (Hungary) since 2015.

He portrayed many a role, mostly the lead ones, in ballets such as the Swan Lake, the Marriage by Figaro, Carmen, Romeo & Juliet, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Le Petite Prince, Requiem, the Nutcracker, Odysseus, Bayadère, Giselle, Spartacus, Cinderella and others. He toured and took part in festival in Spain, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Canada, Russia and other countries.

Choreography: Jiří Bubeníček
Music: Masato Hatanaka, Arvo Pärt
Artistic Director: Andrii Sukhanov