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Edward Clug <em>Photo: Ivan Vinovrški</em>
Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Edward Clug

Edward Clug <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

When enrolling at the National ballet school in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in 1983, the child of 10 years of age saw a way out from the repressive dictatorship of Ceausescu. After very harsh years during schooling, the communist regime collapsed in 1989. Two years after, in 1991, he 
completed his study and in September of the same year he tried his chance at the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor. He gets his first engagement and starts his career in Maribor, as Slovenia makes its first steps as a new-born country after exiting Yugoslavia. 
In Maribor, he met a famous Slovene theatre director Tomaž Pandur, with whom he started to collaborate as a dancer in his avant-garde productions. Noticing his creative potential, Pandur asked him to create the choreography for his staging of Babylon, which premiered in 1996. 
After his first choreographic experience, Clug embarked on a new artistic journey. In 1998, he created his first independent project Tango, together with costume designer Leo Kulaš and set designer Marko Japelj, who have both become his constant collaborators. Later in 2008, a Slovenian composer Milko Lazar joined the team in creating of the project Prêt-à-porter and they continued to collaborate intensively ever since. 
In 2003, the newly appointed general director of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Danilo Rošker, appointed him as an artistic director of the Maribor Ballet and Clug starts to lead the company towards new and distinctive directions. In 2005, he created Radio & Juliet to the music by Radiohead, which became an international hit and drew the international 
attention to himself, due to his specific choreographic style. He then started to collaborate with other ballet companies around the world and equally succeeds in putting the Maribor Ballet ensemble on the international dance map. The Ballet of the SNG Maribor participated 
in the largest theatre festivals throughout the world performing his choreographies: Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (USA), the Stars of the White Nights festival held at Mariinsky Theatre 
in St. Petersburg, Festival of Firsts in Pittsburgh, Arts Festival in Singapore, Biarritz Festivalin France, O Boticário na Dança in Brazil, Dance Festival in Tel Aviv, Sintra Festival in Portugal, Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (Canada), Seoul International Dance Festival(Korea), at the Milan Teatro Piccolo, Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg and toured 
Netherlands, Italy, and the countries of ex-Yugoslavia. 
Throughout the years, Clug has developed a strong relation with internationally acclaimed ballet companies, Stuttgart Ballet and Zurich Ballet, for which he created several works and plans on creating more stage works in the future. In recent years, he also started a successful collaboration with the famous Netherlands Dance Theatre, where he created two projects for NDT 2. Next year, he will have his debut with the NDT 1. He was also invited to create new works for the Royal Ballet of Flanders, National Ballet in Lisbon, Station Zuid Company, Croatian National Ballet in Zagreb, Croatian National Ballet in Rijeka, National Ballet in Bucharest, Aalto Ballet Essen, Bitef Dance Company Belgrade, Graz Tanz, Ukrainian National Ballet Kiev, Smtaatsballett am Gärtnerplatz Munich, Augsburg Ballet, Hessisches Staatsballett Wiesbaden and West Australian Ballet in Perth. 
He received several national and international awards for his work at dance competitions and festivals and was distinguished with the highest Slovene prizes in culture, the Award of the Prešeren Foundation in 2005 and the Glazer Charter in 2008. 

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