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Welcoming our guest répétiteurs for Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

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We have the pleasure of welcoming choreographer Gyula Harangozo and his associate Blanka Fajith Rotterne this week. Both of whom are flying from Europe to teach the Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs repertory to our dancers and to also oversee the staging of the production which premieres 21st November 2014.

 

Gyula and Blanka will also be here to join the audience for opening night at His Majesty’s Theatre. They will both be making sure our dancers are not only prepared, but to ensure our audience get to see the exact same, cheerful family ballet, full of visual surprises and tricks as Mr Harangozo originally created back in Budapest.

 

If you would like to see more information about the Australian premiere of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs with shows running from 21st November to 14th December – click here.

 

Gyula Harangozo (Choreographer)

 

gyulaGyula was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1956. He attended the Hungarian State Ballet Academy, later finalising his training at the Moscow State Ballet Academy in Alexander Prokofiev’s class. Following his graduation he joined the Hungarian National Ballet, rising through the ranks to become Principal Dancer in 1978. In the following year he joined Vienna State Opera Ballet as a Principal Dancer and also became a guest principal dancer with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich until 1989.

 

Throughout his career he won many esteemed awards including;

 

1977 Award for the best juvenile at 3rd Moscow International Ballet Competition

1978 Gold Medal as best male dancer at the 2nd Tokyo International Ballet Competition

1981 Hungarian Dancer of the year

1983 Artist of the year in Munich, Germany

2000 Officer’s cross of the Hungarian Republic

2009 EuroPas Dance Award

2010 Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art

2012 Kossuth Prize of the Hungarian Republic

 

Gyula has made guest appearances in New York, Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, La Scala Milan, London, Paris, Zürich, Madrid, Mexico City, Caracas, Edinburgh, Stuttgart, Berlin and Hamburg. Since retiring he has held managerial positions with the following companies and production projects;

 

‘Stars of Ballet’ International Ballet Gala in Vienna, ’Stars of Ballet’ International Ballet Gala in Vienna, Lausanne, Frankfurt, Cologne. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s guest performance in Vienna with Paul Szilard Productions Inc. ‘Russian Ballet Stars’ Ballet Gala in Belgium . ’World Stars at the Opera’ Ballet Gala’s artistic director, ‘Russian Ballet Stars’ Ballet Gala in Bratislava and Victor Ullate Ballet’s guest performance in Vienna with Paul Szilard Productions Inc.

 

Most notably though, in his time since retiring from a successful career as a dancer, Gyula was director of the Hungarian National Ballet from 1995 to 2005. During this period he created and oversaw the production of many full length ballets.

 

More recently Gyula was Ballet Director of Vienna State Opera, the Vienna “Volksoper” and Director of the Vienna State Opera Ballet School. He is the current Artistic Director of the Szeged Summer Festival in Hungary.

 

Blanka Fajith Rotterne (Choreographer’s associate)

 

In 1964 Blanka Fajith Rotterne was admitted to the Hungarian State Ballet School where she graduated in 1973. She was offered a contract in the very same year to join the Hungarian National Ballet where she was danced until 2003.

 

In 1984 Blanka graduated as a ballet teacher in the Hungarian College of Dance. Since the age of 20 she has been working as an assistant choreographer and later as a ballet master in the Hungarian Opera. She was the ballet master for many ballets staged outside of Hungary. Some examples include the Vienna State Opera, Kirov Theatre, St. Petersburg, Ljubljana Opera, Polish National Opera, Sofia Opera Ballet, Croatian National Theatre, Estonian National Opera and Lithuanian National Opera.

 

In acknowledgment of her several decades of work as a ballet master, Blanka holds one of Hungary’s most prestigious national awards. 1974 Blanka married the dancer Oszkár Rotter. They have two daughters, Barbara and Bianca.