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Grand International Anton Bogov Ballet Gala <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>
Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Grand International Anton Bogov Ballet Gala

A coproduction between Anton Bogov Ballet Academy and the Maribor Ballet

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Grand International Anton Bogov Ballet Gala

September 16th 2017 at 19.30, Grand Hall of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor

A coproduction between Anton Bogov Ballet Academy and the Maribor Ballet



Anton Bogov, principal soloist at the Maribor Ballet

Viktorina Kapitonova, principal soloist af the Zürich Ballet

Maria Jakovleva, principal ballet soloist at the Vienna State Opera

Denis Čerevičko, principal ballet soloist at the Vienna State Opera

Prisca Zeisel, soloist at the Bavarian State Ballet

Aleksej Popov, principal ballet soloist at the Bavarian State Ballet

Nikola Marova, principal soloist at the Prague Ballet

Michal Štipa, principal soloist at the Prague Ballet

Jelena Lečić, soloist at the Maribor Ballet

Asami Nakashima, soloist at the Maribor Ballet

Yuya Omaki, soloist at the Maribor Ballet


Symphony Orchestra SNG Maribor

Conductor: Simon Krečič

Concert-master: Saša Olenjuk


Producer: Mojca Gajšek, Anton Bogov Ballet Academy




Anton Bogov was born in Omsk (today’s Russian federation). He completed his ballet training in Almaty (Kazakhstan). His prolific talent and stamina were quite notable already in his earliest performances for various school productions and occasional theatre projects. In 1993, just after attending an international ballet competition in Moscow, he became soloist at the International Ballet Theatre Ochi in Nagoya, where he still occasionally performs as a guest soloist. The following year (1994), he joined the Maribor Ballet Ensemble, where he gradually became soloist after two years. In 1998, he became a Slovenian citizen. As a first soloist and principal dancer of the Maribor Ballet, he regularly performs with other ensembles as well, for example with Ljubljana Ballet Ensemble (The Nutcracker, Giselle, Anna Karenina, Swan Lake), Graz Ballet (La Sylphide, La fille mal gardée), Croatian National Ballet in Zagreb (The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Carmen) and the Czech National Ballet in Prague (Swan Lake). Anton often performs at several international ballet festivals, e.g. in Osaka (Don Quixote, La Sylphide), Bregenz (Don Quixote), he toured also with the Romanian National Ballet in various European countries, and attended the Kishinev Festival in Moldavia. At the Toulon Ballet, he danced two principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia. In Atlanta (federal state Georgia in the USA) he toured with Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake; he is a well-sought after partner and participant of ballet gala events (such as is Roberto Bollé and Friends), mostly in Italy (Bologna, Genova and Parma). In addition to his classical ballet training and performance, he often participated in neoclassical and contemporary choreographies (Balanchine, MacMillan, Massine, Clug, Turcu, etc.). Between 1995 and 2004, he won several prizes at international ballet competitions in Seoul, Ljubljana, Budapest, Varna, Nagoya, Luxemburg and Shanghai. In 2006, Anton was named as the most distinguished artist of the city of Maribor by journalists at the review Mariborčan. In the following year (2007), he won the Prešeren Foundation Award. Among Anton’s last performances, one should point out the title role from Prokofiev’s neoclassical ballet Romeo and Juliet (choreographed by Valentina Turcu), the role of Don José from Shchedrin’s Carmen (also choreographed by V. Turcu), as well as his rendered interpretations of Colin (La fille mal gardée), Viscount Valmont (Dangerous Liaisons), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), etc. His latest compelling creation, imbued with mature artistry and style, is the title role in Valentina Turcu’s narrative ballet Yevgeny Onegin.


Viktorina Kapitonova, principal soloist of Ballet Zürich

Viktorina Kapitonova, who is a native of Russia, studied ballet at the Kazan Ballet School and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre Academy. The winner of both the Young Ballet of Russia competition and the Arabesque contest of 2008, she has danced at the Musa Jalil Opera House in Kazan since 2005, performing the most notable soloist roles of the classical repertoire, such as in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Coppélia  and The Nutcracker. She was a member of the Stanislavsky Ballet in the 2008/2009 season. In 2010, she joined Ballett Zürich, where she performed the following soloist roles: Odette/Odile in Heinz Spoerli’s Swan Lake, Spoerli’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wäre heute morgen und gestern jetzt, ... und mied den Wind  and Goldberg Variations, Rosetta in Christian Spuck’s Leonce and Lena, the Nurse in Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet and the title role in Spuck’s Anna Karenina. She has also performed choreographies by George Balanchine, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Douglas Lee, Wayne McGregor and Martin Schläpfer. In Zürich, she also presented her own choreography Two Bodies – One Soul as part of the Young Choreographers’ programme. She was also Giselle/Myrtha in Patrice Bart’s Giselle, alongside Roberto Bollé and Friedemann Vogel. She won the Friends of Ballett Zürich’s Dance Prize for the year 2015. Her last rendered stage interpretations comprise Odette/Odile in the reconstruction of Swan Lake by Alexei Ratmansky, as well as Olimpia in Christian Spuck’s Der Sandmann.


Maria Yakovleva, principal soloist at the Vienna State's Opera

Maria Yakovleva was born in Saint Petersburg (Russia). She graduated from Vaganova Academy in 2004. In 2004/2005, she was a member of the Mariinsky Theatre where she was entrusted with solo roles of the classical repertory. In 2005, she was engaged as soloist by the Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper und Volksoper – in 2010, she was appointed first soloist of the Vienna State’s Ballet. She performed the title roles in Nureyev’s Raymonda, MacMillan’s Manon, Pierre Lacotte’s La Sylphide and Patrick de Bana’s Marie Antoinette, Elena Tchernichova’s Giselle, Kitri in Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Odette/Odile in Nureyev’s Swan Lake, Clara in Nureyev’s The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty, Lisa in Ashton’s La fille mal gardée, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Julia in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatjana and Olga in Cranko’s Onegin, Baroness Mary Vetsera in MacMillan’s Mayerling, Medora in Manuel Legris’s Le corsaire, Gamzatti in La Bayadère, Ada in Béjart’s Le Concours, Hermia in Jorma Elo’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Vivette in Roland Petit’s L’Arlésienne, Balanchine’s Rubies, Lifar’s Suite en blanc, Jerome Robbins’s In the Night, Glass Pieces and The Four Seasons, Hans van Manen’s Adagio Hammerklavier, John Neumeier’s Bach Suite II, Twyla Tharp’s Variations on a Theme by Haydn, William Forsythe’s The Second Detail, etc. She created the role of the Empress Elisabeth in Patrick de Bana’s Ludwig II – The Swan King. She has appeared as guest dancer in many European countries and overseas. She was nominated for the prestigious "Benois de la Danse” prize for her performance in George Balanchine’s Rubies in 2011.


Denys Cherevychko, principal soloist at the Vienna State’s Opera

Denys Cherevychko was born in Donetsk (Ukraine). He was educated at the Ballet Academy of Vadim Pisarev in his hometown, as well as at the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation and Ballet Academy in Munich. In 2006, he joined the Ballet of the Vienna State’s Opera and Volksoper, where he was named demi-soloist in 2008, soloist in the following year (2009), and finally first soloist in 2012. Cherevychko performed Basil in Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Prince Siegfried, Drosselmeyer/Prince in Nureyev’s The Nutcracker, Jean de Brienne in Nureyev’s Raymonda, Conrad in Manuel Legris’s Le corsaire, James in Pierre Lacotte’s La Sylphide, Golden Idol in Vladimir Malakhov’s La Bayadère, Prince Florimond and Blue Bird in Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty, Colas and Alain in Ashton’s La fille mal gardée, Joseph in John Neumeier’s Joseph’s Legend, Vaslav Nijinsky in Neumeier’s Le Pavillon d’Armide, TV-Choreographer in Maurice Béjart’s Le Concours, Mercutio in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Lensky in Cranko’s Onegin, Lescaut and Beggar King in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, Max in Max and Moritz by Ferenc Barbay and Michael Kropf, Harald Lander’s Études, García in Davide Bombana’s Carmen, Puck in Jorma Elo’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frédéric in Roland Petit’s L’Arlésienne, Koschey in Andrey Kaydanovskiy’s The Firebird, main roles in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Rubies and Symphony in C, Lifar’s Suite en blanc, Jerome Robbins’s The Concert, Other Dances and The Four Seasons, John Neumeier’s Vaslav, Nils Christe’s Before Nightfall, William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Vers un Pays Sage, Jorma Elo’s Glow – Stop, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León’s Skew-Whiff, Jiří Bubeníček’s Le Souffle de l’esprit, David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin, etc. He has appeared as guest dancer in many European countries and overseas. He won 2nd prize at the Competition of Young Dancers in Kiev (2004), 1st prize at Serge Lifar Competition in Kiev (2004), 1st prize at Tanzolymp in Berlin (2005), silver medal (juniors) at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson (2006), 1st prize at the ÖTR contest in Vienna (2007), as well as promotion prize of the Vienna State’s Ballet (2007), gold medal and first prize at the 25th International Ballet Competition in Varna (2012). He was also nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse prize for his performance in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (2011).  


Nikola Márová, principal dancer at the Prague Ballet

Nikola Márová was born in Prague. She began devoting to dance at the age of six at the National Theatre Ballet preparatory school. Between 1990 and 1998, she studied at the Dance Conservatory in Prague under the tutelage of Hana Vláčilová, Zdenka Nemcová and Pavel Ždichynec. During her studies, she also took up two residencies in Dresden. After graduating in 1999, she started to work at the National Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet. In 2001, she received a solo contract and since 2006, she has been a principal dancer. Her first major artistic opportunity was Pas de trois in Swan Lake, followed by the lead role of Maria in The Nutcracker, the roles of Frederic in the production of Little Mr Friedemann / Psycho, Olga in Onegin, the title role of ballet Raymonda, and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew. In Americana II, she danced solo roles in two ballet productions, The River and Who Cares. Her virtuoso classical technique, elegance and convincing dramatic appearance predetermined her for demanding roles of the classical ballet repertoire. Audiences could see her as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Raymonda and Cinderella in the ballets of the same name, Myrtha (nomination for the Thalia Award) and Giselle (both roles in the ballet Giselle), the Christmas Fairy in Y. Vàmos’s new adaptation of the ballet The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, Olga in J. Cranko’s Onegin, the Sylph in the classical version of the ballet La Sylphide, M M in Mats Ek’s Carmen, Sabrina in Vaculík’s Faust, Mother and Fairy in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Cinderella, or as Carabosse in Javier Torres’s The Sleeping Beauty. She also danced the role Medora in Le Corsaire, Grand Pas de quatre to music by C. Pugni, in G. Balanchine’s famous choreography of Tchaikovsky, Pas de deux and Theme and Variations, as well as in the famous choreography by M. Fokine, The Dying Swan to music by Saint-Saëns. Her staggering neoclassical and contemporary repertoire comprises of soloist roles in choreographies, such as Jiří Kylián’s Sinfonietta, Return to a Strange Land, Stamping Ground, Petite Mort, Conny Janssen’s Álbum Familiar, Petr Zuska’s Requiem, Ibbur, or a Prague Mystery, Among Mountains, D. M. J. 1953 – 1977, Maria’s Dream, A Little Extreme, Empty Title, or William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated. She is a regular guest at the National Theatre in Brno, Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, National Opera in Prague, National Theatre of Moravia and Silesia in Ostrava, as well as the Metropole Hall in Taiwan. In 2002, she won the prestigious Philip Morris flower award for the best Czech ballet artist. Furthermore, she was awarded with the title "the most popular ballet dancer” in Czech Republic for five years in a row. In 2008, she also won the Thalia award for the creation of the roles Odette/Odile (Swan Lake) at the National Opera in Prague.    


Michal Štipa, principal dancer at the Prague Ballet

He was born in Brno. In 1990, he began studies at the Dance Conservatory in Brno which he successfully completed in 1998. He then joined the ballet company of the National Theatre in Brno where, from the very beginning, he was casted in numerous solo parts in key pieces of the ballet repertoire. Subsequently, in 2000 he was appointed soloist. During his 7 years' engagement in the ballet ensemble of the National Theatre in Brno, he became a regular guest on the stage of the National Theatre in Prague, where he was engaged as soloist in the 2004/2005 season. After several successful seasons, during which he had an opportunity to dance in all significant pieces of the repertoire mainly in leading roles, he was appointed the first soloist in 2009. His apt dance technique disposition, excellent partnership and compelling stage presence have proved themselves as Štipa’s main features in his interpretations of the leading soloist roles within the classical and neoclassical ballet repertoire, such as Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Jean de Brienne (Raymonda), Nutcracker/Prince (The Nutcracker), Prince Albert (Giselle), Lensky (Cranko’s Onegin), Escamillo (Mats Ek’s Carmen), James (La Sylphide), Father (Cinderella by Jean-Christophe Maillot), Prince (Javier Torres’s The Sleeping Beauty). He also performed in contemporary choreographies, such as Petr Zuska’s Maria’s Dream, Conny Janssen’s Álbum Familiar, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Sinfonietta, Zuska’s A Little Extreme, or William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, etc. In the 1998/1999, Štipa won the Philip Morris flower award for the most promising talent in the field of classical dance; three years later, the won the main Philip Morris award. In 2004, he was nominated for the Thalia prize (for his creation of the role Solor in La Bayadère); in the same year, he won the audience award. For his interpretation of the role Prince Albert in ballet Giselle, he won the Thalia prize, which was bestowed to him also in 2007 (for the main role in Zuska’s choreography Brel – Vysockij – Kryl / Solo for three). He is a regular guest of various Czech theatres, as well as prominent ballet venues abroad (Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Russia, Spain, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Malta, Japan, China, Taiwan, the United States and South America).        


Jelena Lečić, ballet soloist at the Maribor Ballet

Ballerina Jelena Lečić was born in Zrenjanin (Serbia). She attended ballet class at the Music and Ballet Conservatory in Novi Sad (Serbia), where he became a member of the ballet ensemble, and then soloist at the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad. Her most successful soloist creations comprise of showcase role within the classical ballet repertoire: Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), title role of the ballet Giselle, Juliet (Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet), Kitri (Don Quixote), Marguerite Gautier (The Lady with the Camellias). For her utter expressive and compelling creation of Marguerite Gautier she received many praising reviews from ballet critics, as well as the public. During her time with the National Ballet in Novi Sad, she collaborated with many distinguished choreographers, such as Giovanni di Palma, Bakhram Yuldashev, Guy Weizman (for the role in Weizman’s choreography Language of walls she won the Dimitrije Parlić award), Leo Mujić (Carmina Burana), Staša Zurovac (Divine Comedy), Krunoslav Simić (Zorba the Greek), Istvan Herzog (Altum Silentium). In 2010, she received the annual award, bestowed by the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad for her outstanding soloist creations (Giselle, Odette/Odile); she won the same award in the following year (for her staggering creation of Kitri in Gyula Harangoza’s Don Quixote). In the 2013/2014 season, she turned a new leaf in her dance career, as she started her intense collaboration with the Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, where she performed some prominent soloist roles in ballets, such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppélia à Montmartre, Anna Karenina, to name just a few. In the same time, she began performing at the Maribor Ballet, where she received excellent reviews for her creation of Marquise de Merteuil in Valentina Turcu’s ballet Dangerous Liaisons. Later on, she made a successful debut in Shchedrin’s Carmen, and most recently as Tatiana in Valentina Turcu’s internationally acclaimed drama ballet Yevgeny Onegin.

Asami Nakashima, soloist at the Maribor Ballet

Asami Nakashima was born in Osaka, Japan. She began her ballet training at an early age in her home city, and she continued with her ballet studies at the Ballet conservatory Tanaka (in Osaka). Between 2008 and 2010, she attended Ballet school of the Vienna State Opera, where she successfully graduated. A new turn in her so far existing dance career began with her collaboration with the Maribor Ballet in the 2011/2012 season. Starting with corps de ballet roles, she gradually established herself as a promising young talent with apt technique and unique stage presence, which enabled her performing of demanding demi-soloist and, most recently, soloist roles of the classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoire. Among her most accomplished debuts, one could point out roles such as Amor and Kitri’s friend (Don Quixote), Colombine (Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Valentina Turcu), Myrtha (Giselle), Medora and Gulnare (Le Corsaire), Anitra and Ingrid (Edward Clug’s Peer Gynt), The Chosen One (Clug’s Sacre du printemps), Olga (V. Turcu’s Yevgeny Onegin), Clara (The Nutcracker), Red (Johan Inger’s Walking Mad). She regularly performs in basically all productions of the Maribor Ballet (Dangerous Liaisons, Zorba the Greek, Carmen, Stabat Mater, La fille mal gardée, Swan Lake, Tango, Watching Others, Prêt-à-porter, Paquita, etc.), and even some opera productions with featured choreographies (Aida, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Black Masks, La traviata, Rusalka, Turandot, etc.). Society of Slovene Ballet Artists (DBUS) bestowed her a prestigious Lydia Wisiakova award (in 2013 and in 2017). In 2016, she also won the bronze medal at the 27th International Ballet Competition in Varna. Asami is a regular guest of various ballet venues and gala events (in Riga, Jurmala, Osaka and Tokio).    


Yuya Omaki, soloist at the Maribor Ballet

Yuya Omaki was born in Osaka, Japan. At the age eight, he began with his ballet training at the Ballet school Sanae Yamamoto under tutorage of Sanae Yamamoto and Eri Sato. In 2007, he began his studies of the modern dance at the Ballet Academy in Munich (member of the Faculty for music and theatre) under Kiril Melnikov, Konstanze Vernon, Robert North and Jan Broeckx, focusing on incorporating classical and contemporary ballet, pas de deux technique and national dances. During his studies, which he completed in 2010, he successful attended various international competitions and won several awards, such as 1st prize at the National Dance Competition in Kobe (2004), Youth Ballet Competition in Fukuoka (2007), National Dance Competition in Tokio (2007) and Youth Competition in Nagoya (2009). In 2007, he made into the semi-finals of the greatest international students’ ballet competition (YAGP) in Japan, and he won the 1st prize, which enabled him to compete in the finale of the YAGP in New York (2008). He also participated at the prestigious 36th Ballet Competition for the grand prix of Lausanne, where he made into the semi-finals. Most recently, he won the bronze medal at the 27th International Ballet Competition in Varna. His most prominent soloist creations comprise of virtuoso and stamina-demanding roles within the classical repertoire: James (La Sylphide), Grand pas de deux (The Flames of Paris), Grand pas de deux (Le Corsaire). In 2009, he performed in Don Quixote production by the Bavarian State Opera. Since 2011, Yuya has performed in almost every production by the Maribor Ballet (Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Le Sacre du printemps, Romeo and Juliet, Walking Mad, etc.). Some of his signature performances, such as the role Court jester in Tchaikovsky’s classical ballet masterpiece Swan Lake, and most recently, the role of slave Ali (Le Corsaire), won praise from critics, as well as standing ovations by the public.


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