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Tijuana Križman Hudernik <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>
Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Tijuana Križman Hudernik

Tijuana Križman Hudernik <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

The Slovenian ballet soloist Tijuana Križman Hudernik has, despite the fact of her rather late decision to become a professional ballet dancer, in a very short time completed her training at the Conservatory for Music and Ballet in Maribor in 2002. In 2004, after passing an audition, she mastered her two-year perfection period at the Academy of the Scala in Milan with honours. The same year, she became a member of the Maribor ballet ensemble, and was promoted to ballet soloist in 2008. Already as a student, she regularly participated in several ballet productions, such as the Graduation Ball by Johann Strauss Jr., and Giselle. She also participated at the "Gala Nureyev" at the Arcimboldi Theatre, as well at the 190th anniversary of its Ballet Academy.

Her vast repertoire comprises of important ballet roles of romantic ballet, such as: Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Sugarplum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Pas de trois (Swan Lake), Gamzati (Bayadère), the title roles of the ballets Giselle, The Little Prince and Cinderella. She also danced contemporary choreographies in ballets such as Radio & Juliet (Juliet), Wozzeck (Maria), etc. Furthermore, she also participated in conceptual dance projects: Quatro, Prêt-à-porter, Watching Others, Evropa danes (Europe Today), Zorba the Greek, Arhitektura tišine (The Architecture of Silence), Gospodarji časa (The Masters of Time), Sladko Sweet, Stabat Mater. She created remarkable roles in various narrative, comic ballets, and divertissements, such as in Carmen, Paquita, La fille mal gardée (Lisa), Don Quixote, Dangerous Liaisons (Cécile de Volanges), etc. Tijuana was featured also in opera productions of Lakmé, La traviata, Tosca, La forza del destino, Nabucco and Madama Butterfly.

She regularly performs on various tours in Luxemburg, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Singapore, the USA, Canada, Columbia, South Korea, Russian Federation, Brazil, as well as in Japan, Portugal, and Finland. In addition to her artistic work, she is the head of the Summer Dance Seminar in Piran, where she teaches classical ballet.


Since 1998, after she won the first prize in ballet competition in Klagenfurt, she was awarded with many other titles: in 2000, she won the 3rd prize in classical ballet and contemporary dance in Freiburg, the same year she won the 3rd prize in Florence, following with a great success in the next year (2001): the first prize and the golden medal at the 5th Slovene Ballet Competition in Ljubljana. In 2003, she was bestowed with a lesser plaquette by the Municipality of Piran. In 2005, she won the 2nd prize and silver plaquette at the 7th Slovene Ballet Competition in Ljubljana, the 2nd award in Florence (2006), the 1st prize in Vienna (2007), 3rd prize in Rome and golden plaquette, and the grand prix at the 8th Slovene Ballet Competition in Maribor. In 2007, she was also given a special "Lydia Wisiak" award for the year 2006 (for her portrayal of Princess Aurora in Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty), conferred by the Slovene Ballet Artists’ Society for special achievements in ballet art. In 2010, Tijuana received also a special Tartini recognition for exceptional cultural achievements that have greatly contributed to cultural development and welfare of the Municipality of Piran.

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