Slovak National Ballet

The beginnings of the Slovak ballet go back to the historic day of the first ballet premiere of Coppélia by C. Ph. L. Delibes on May 19, 1920. The choreography was by Vaclav Kalina, the first artistic director of the SND Ballet.


Oskar Nedbal, Director of the SND, invited the Italian ballet master and choreographer Achille Viscusi to Bratislava for the season 1923 - 1924. For the next eight years Viscusi was playing an important role in professionalizing the ensemble as well as the repertoire. He staged such works as From Fairy Tale to Fairy Tale, A Tale about John, Princess Hyacinth, and Andersen (music by O. Nedbal), Slavonic Dances (music by A. Dvořák), The Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Sheherazade, Sylvia (music by L. Delibes), etc.


Between 1940 - 1945 Director of the SND wasMaximilián Froman, the representative of the Russian ballet school and member of the world-famous ensemble Ballets Russes. He acquainted the public with the repertoire of Diaghilev's ensemble by presenting such works as Sheherazade, Les Papillons, Carnival, Polovetz Dances, Sylfides and The Sleeping Beauty.

In the years 1948 - 1955 Stanislav Remarmarkedly influenced the dramaturgy of the SND Ballet by presenting the first Slovak ballet Orfeus and Eurydike by T. Andrašovan (1949), and by staging works such as The Flames of Paris, The Fountain of Bakhchisaray, Prokofiev´s Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet. The coming of Karol Tóth to the post of the artistic director of the SND Ballet marked new independence of the ensemble. In May 1989, Emil Tomáš Bartko, critic and theoretician, takes over the position of the artistic director. 


Since 2012, Jozef Dolinsky is the artistic ballet director, whom main aim is to combine classical masterpieces and contemporary coreographies.

The repertoire includes works of Marius Petipa, Vladimir Malakhov, Nacho Duato, Uwe Sholtz, Massimo Moricone, as well as ballets as Swan Lake, Bayadère, Sylphide, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, Duende.

The Ballet performs in two beautiful theaters: the historical building in Bratislava center and the new Opera House along the Danube.

 

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