Balletto di Milano is one of the most compelling Italian cultural phenomena of the highest artistic level, presenting Italian dance with its extraordinary shows all around the world. Directed by Carlo Pesta and over the years of its history, the Company has worked with famed dancers and world-known choreographers.
It was the first Italian Dance Company performing on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (1999). Moreover, the Company harvested success performing in England, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain and Germany and it is one of the most popular Italian companies abroad. Between 2015 and 2017, in addition to the intense activity in the major Italian theaters, the Company has collaborated in prestigious international events including Saaremaa Opera Festival in Estonia (2015) and received ambitious prizes and awards.
In 2017 the Balletto di Milano represented Italy at the Special Inauguration Gala of the FITUC Festival in Casablanca, where Italy was the guest of honor of the year. In October 2017, the Company received the “Box Office Excellence Award”, Oscar della Danza.
Giulia Simontacchi is a graduate of the DAMS / University of Padua. During the studies, she was also improving herself in various internships with internationally renowned teachers, she has been part of the contemporary dance company „The Simple Company” and she has collaborated as a dancer in the film Iago di Volfango de Biasi (2008). Since 2013 she has been part of the Balletto di Milano where she holds important roles in shows such as including Anna Karenina,Traviata or Romeo and Juliet.
Federico Mella joined the Balletto di Milano as early as a 17-years-old apprentice. Since 2012 he is part of the Company where, after having held important solo roles, in 2013 he was chosen to make his debut as a principal dancer in Romeo and Juliet by Giorgio Madia. He is currently one of Company’s principal dancers and dances first roles in all productions such as Nutcracker, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella. In 2014, he represented the Company at the Grand Gala of the Imperial Ballet, the Great Water Show in Monteverdeor the Batumi International Gala in Georgia. In 2017 he co-created the choreography of the new ballet production Shéhérazade, for the prestigious „FITUC” International Festival of Casablanca (Morocco). In the 2017/18 season he was chosen for the role of Siegfried in the new Swan Lake signed by the Estonian choreographer Teet Kask.
Established as a classical company by founder Celia Franca in 1951, The National Ballet of Canada is the only Canadian ballet company to present a full range of traditional full-length classics. The company’s repertoire includes works by the world’s most celebrated 20th and 21st century masters, Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, Jiří Kylián, John Neumeier, Rudolf Nureyev and others.
Canada’s premier dance company has performed for over 10 million people, having toured in Canada, the US and internationally with appearances in London, England, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles with upcoming tours to Paris, France, San Francisco, and Hamburg, Germany.
A native of Toronto, Sonia Rodriguez studied dance in Madrid and at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1990 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2000.
Recently, Ms.Rodriguez debuted as Hermione in The Winter’s Tale and as Le Renard in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince. She has danced the principal roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Manon, La Fille mal gardée, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Nijinsky, as well as in numerous George Balanchine ballets and works by contemporary choreographers such as Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, John Neumeier and others. Ms. Rodriguez has had many roles created on her, including the title role in Cinderella, Princess Vasilisa in The Firebird and roles in An Italian Straw Hat and The Four Seasons.
Ms. Rodriguez has held numerous guesting engagements, including the Stars of the 21st Century Gala in New York City, International Ballet Gala in Madrid, Gala of International Dance Stars in Cincinnati, International Ballet Festival of Miami or Houston Ballet Gala. In 2005, she danced the role of Dulcinea in the world premiere of Suzanne Farrell’s re-staging of Balanchine’s Don Quixote at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
In 2014, Ms. Rodriguez was named one of “The 100 Spaniards” being honored for her success abroad and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2012. In 2011, she was honoured with Spain’s Officer’s Cross of the Civil Merit and wrote her first children’s book, T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet.
“Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez tirelessly appeared onstage for most of the night, perfectly capturing the mix of playful innocence and bewilderment as she encountered one strange scene after another during her journey.”
Los Angeles Magazine, 2012
Piotr Stanczyk was born in Poznan, Poland and trained at the State Ballet School of Poznan before studying at Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1998 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2008.
Mr. Stanczyk’s repertoire includes principal roles in Onegin, Canadian premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire, Swan Lake, Pinocchio, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Nijinsky, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Nutcracker and others. Mr. Stanczyk has also performed in company premieres by contemporary choreographers such as Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Kevin O’Day and John Neumeier.
As a guest artist, Mr. Stanczyk has performed at the Vienna State Opera, International Ballet Festival of Miami, Charleston Ballet and Brott Music Festival.
In 2012, Mr. Stanczyk received the Rolex Dancers First Award and was the recipient of the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Excellence in 2003, for his role as Jaguar in The Firebird.
“(In Romeo & Juliette) Mercutio, the wonderful Piotr Stanczyk… offers a fusion of comedy and filigreed footwork”
Los Angeles Times, 2014
Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk will be participating in CHOREA GALA shows in Košice and Bratislava, 9th and 10th June 2018.
It Takes Two To Tango
Title of duet choreographed and performed by Ján Špoták and Lee-Yuan Tu refers to an english phrase which emphasises that if two people are involved in a difficult situation they both accept their part in it and share responsibility for it. A process of making decision; trying to stay true to yourself despite the expectations, values and identities chosen by our society. Of course, there are times when decisions are more intricate and complex. But once the decision is done, when we already know what will happen, if we could, would we make the same decision again?
Ján Špoták and Lee-Yuan Tu will be participating in CHOREA GALA shows in Košice and Bratislava, 9th and 10th June 2018.
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