The Jury Panel EBGP 2022

Mário Radačovský

Artistic Director of the Ballet NdB Brno, Czech Republic
-President of the Jury-

After graduating from the Eva Jaczová Dance Conservatory in Bratislava, he joined the Slovak National Theatre Ballet in 1989, becoming a soloist in a very short time. In 1992, he received an off er to dance in Jiří Kylián’s Netherlands Dance Theatre in The Hague, but before joining he first had a half-year contract with The Ballet of the National Theatre Brno as a soloist. Working at the NDT, he met some of the most important choreographers of his time, including Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Édouard Lock and many others. In 1999 he accepted another foreign offer and became the first soloist of the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, then returning to the Slovak National Theatre Ballet in 2000 as a guest soloist and later its artistic director in 2006–2010. He founded the ensemble Ballet Bratislava, which he led until its dissolution (2011–2013). From the 2013 season, he has been the artistic director of The Ballet of the National Theatre Brno. In 2018, he finished a master’s degree in choreography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

He began to create as a choreographer in 2002 at the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. Radačovský’s first work was the miniature The Letter, followed by Inspiration (2002) and Train Station (2004). After returning to the Slovak National Theatre, he introduced the ballets Change (2005), Meeting the Swan I. (2007), Warhol (2007), 68 (2008) and Everest (2009). In the Ballet Bratislava then for example Monos (2012), Queen (2013) or the musical Mata Hari (2013). But most of his choreographies were created outside of Slovakia: Bolero (2006) at the Jeune Ballet du Quebec in Canada, Romeo and Juliet (2011), Black and White (2012) and Beethoven (2015) at the Grand Rapids Ballet in the USA and Compulsive (2013) at the Diablo Ballet in San Francisco. He staged his choreography Black and White also at Royal New Zealand Ballet. He introduced other choreographies in theatres in the Czech Republic: Fateful Loves (2012), Together (2016), dance version of the famous musical West Side Story (2017) and Romeo and Juliet (2019) in the National Theatre Brno, the Slavic Quartet for the Prague Chamber Ballet (2014) and Carmen for the ballet of the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen (2016).

His other notable works from abroad are the Piano Concerto of Rihards Dubra in the Latvian National Ballet in Riga (2014) and the musical Maria de Buenos Aires for the National operetta in Bucharest (2010). He is currently working on a new ballet piece Michelangelo for Serbian National Ballet in Beograd and Beethoven for the National Theatre Brno

Ovidiu Dragoman

Director of the Sibiu Ballet Theatre, Romania

Ovidiu Dragoman graduated from the Choreography High School in Bucharest and from the Direction-Choreography specialization at UNATC.

Between 1983-1987 he worked at the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad and between 1987-1990 at the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana. In 1997 he became director of the Sibiu Cultural Centre, where he created and coordinated the entire cultural and sports agenda of the city, having previously worked in the field of specialized education.

In 2005 he was appointed vice-president of the Association of Cultural Establishments in Romania, with responsibility for designing national development strategies, coordinating cultural activities, and launching legislative initiatives.

In 2007, the year in which Sibiu is the European Capital of Culture, he manages the entire cultural activity of the program.

He has been director of the Sibiu Ballet Theatre since its foundation in 2008.

Alin Gheorghiu

Ballet Advisor to the General Director of the Romanian Opera in Bucharest, Romania

Alin Gheorghiu graduated from the “Floria Capsali” Choreography High School in Bucharest in 1992.

In 1994 he became the First Ballet Soloist of the Bucharest National Opera until 2002.

In 2001 he graduated from the Ion Luca Caragiale National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Arts in Bucharest, choreography section, specializing in pedagogy.

Alin Gheorghiu is one of the most famous names in Romanian ballet. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with institutions in the country and abroad and has danced with dance personalities such as Luciana Savignano, Raffaelle Paganini, Gheorghe Iancu, Adeline Pastor, Michelle Wiles, etc.

He won the First Prize at the National Ballet Competition (1989 and 1991), the Grand Prize at the Phenian Dance Festival (North Korea, 1998), and was awarded the “Cultural Merit” in the rank of Knight at the Romanian Embassy in Vienna by the Romanian Presidency in 2004.

Since 2002 he has been a soloist at the Landestheater Salzburg (Austria), then in 2007, he returned as the First Soloist at the Bucharest National Opera.

Head of the ballet department of the Bucharest National Opera from 2011 to 2013 and from 2013 to 2014 head of the entertainment ballet department of the Bucharest National Opera.

Arianne Lafita Gonzalez

International Principal Ballet Dancer, Cuba

Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Arianne Lafita Gonzálvez graduated as a professional dancer – lecturer at the Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA), Havana, Cuba and she has been a member of the International Dance Council CID UNESCO, Athens, Greece since 2010.
In her career, she received several awards including gold medal at the International Ballet Competitions Havana in 1999, a silver medal in 2000, and the bronze medal in 2002.
Arianne started her career with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, under the instruction of Alicia Alonso, and in 2005 she becomes prima ballerina at the “Ballet de Cuba” of Laura Alonso.
In 2009 she transferred to Spain where she joined the ballet “Victor Ullate Comunidad de Madrid“.
With the Ballet Nacional de Cuba she has performed: The Carnival of Venice, After the Flood, Time Danzon, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Shakespeare and his masks and Paquita.
With the Ballet of Cuba “Laura Alonso“ she performed as a principal dancer in: Swan Lake (Odet-Odile) Pas de troi in the Swan Lake 1st act, Don Quixote (Kitri), Dracula (Isabel), Les Sylphides, Paquita, Medora in “Le Corsaire”, Le Chevalier de St. George, Yarini (the lady of the veil) A Night of Avalon.
In the repertoire of Arianne there are also pas de deux from: Red Bhakti the Maurice Bellart, Nutcracker, Presence, Carnival of Venice, Coppelia , Momentum, Red Rose, Chaicovsky pas de deux, variation of Rita, Flames of Paris, Arlequinade, Giselle (pas de deux 2nd act), The merchant and slave (pas de deux in Le Corsaire, 1st act) Sleeping Beauty, Le fille Mal gardèe and as part of the Ballet of “Victor Ullate comunidad de Madrid” in Spain she has danced: Samsara, Beethoven, Wonderland, The Art of Dance, Jaleos.
Arianne was a guest dancer at various gala performances in the world. In March 2011 she attended the gala “Thanks Rudy” in Milan as tribute to Nureyev, then, in July, in Barcelona, attended the “Gala de Danza Barcelona 2011” and in the same month she got invited at the Spoleto Festival 2011 Gala Dance in “The Value of Life” by Alberto Testa. In August that year she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival of Loano 2011 and following that month, in September, she got invited to the XVI International ballet Festival of Miami. In December 2011 she was a guest dancer at ” Ballet gala city of Salerno “ in Verdi Theater.
In January 2012 she danced in ”Dance gala city of Tourin”.
In March 2012 she was invited to the Closing Gala of international ballet competition ”CITY OF SPOLETO 2012“.
In April 2012 she was invited as a prima ballerina in TENERIFE in “Tchaikovsky passion“, ne pas de deux of “SCIACCIANOCI” and “Sleeping Beauty” 3rd act. In June 2012 she was invited in Opera Roma for dancing Kitri in suite of Don Quijote for gala program.
In august 2012 she was invited to perform at the “GALA DI STELLE” in Ascoli, Rome, as Cremona under the direction of Raffaele Paganini e Carla Fracci and on 25 of August Arianna danced at the “2nd GALA DE DANZA BRASIL” in Poulina and on 1st of September she received the GRAND PRIX OF TALENT at the International festival of Loano, Italy.
November 2012 Arianne is invited at Bucharest Opera House as guest dancer in full ballet Kitri, Don Quixote.
April 2013 is invited at the State Opera Ruse, Bulgaria to, as well, dance Kitri in Don Quixote.
April 2013 with National Ballet of Sofia, is invited in tour to Dubai to dance Kitri in Don Quixote, and Giselle in Giselle.
May 2013 principal guest dancer in Skopje, with National opera of Macedonia to dance Kitri in Don Quixote.
June 2013, Arianne was invited to dance at the 10th annual ANNIVERSARY OF “DANCE BENEFIT GALA” ARDT FOUNDATION in Holland, Amsterdam.
July 2013 Arianne is invited to dance at the closing of BALLET GALA of the Bucharest International Competition 2013.
July 2013 is invited as a guest teacher for workshop and to dance at LEVANTE DANZA FESTIVAL 2013 in Italy.
July 2013 is invited to dance at VALENCIA INTERNACIONAL BALLET GALA 2013, SPAIN.
August 2013 Arianne received, from CARLA FRACCI, the carrier award at “PREMIO CAPRI INTERNATIONAL 2013”.
September 2013, Arianne also received the carrier award of Montecatini City during the festival “PASSI DI TALENTO” Montecatini 2013.
October 2013 she’s invited to perform at the Slovenian National Ballet Gala 2013, Maribor.
November 2013, along with her partner Vittorio Galloro, she performed at the Russian ballet festival, in Saratov, the full performance of “Don Quixote” at Saratov Opera House, in the role of Kitri.
Arianne attended as a performer the International ballet gala “RISING STARS”in Parma Teatro Regio.
In December 2013 Arianne danced at SALIERI DANCE FESTIVAL 2013, LEGNAGO, VERONA.
January 2014 Arianne was invited at Milan for the international ballet gala “STARS OF BALLET”with many principal dancers of the important ballet companies worldwide.
March 2014, Arianne is invited to dance in Russia at a prestigious ballet gala called “WORLD BALLET STAR Perm 2014”.
May 2014, Arianne is invited to dance at the Prague State Opera at “Miroslav Kura Ballet Gala” and in July performed there as well at for World Ballet Stars Prague, 2014.
June 2014, Arianne danced at “SEGOVIA DANCE FESTIVAL 2014“ Spain, gala performance with principal dancers of National ballet of Cuba.
In July 2014, Arianne is invited to dance at JESOLO DANCE FESTIVAL 2014, dancing a pas de deux “OBLIVION” tango from Astor Piazzola music, choreographed by Eriberto Verardi.
July 22nd – 23rd, 2014, Arianne is invited at ballet gala ”THE GREAT PAS DE DEUX” with principal dancers of “La Scala”Milan and Opera of Roma.
August 3rd 2014, Arianne is invited at opening gala of “PIRAN DANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014”, Slovenia and in the same place she attends as a guest lecturer at DANCS SEMINAR PIRAN. On the 16th of August she danced during the closing gala of the festival the pas de deux ”ROMANCE”, choreographed by John Blikendaal.
August 25 2014, Arianne is invited at the Prague State Opera at the annual “Summer Ballet Gala” under the coordination of Jana Kurova.
November 2014, she was a Guest Principal Dancer at Ballet Opera Theater in Saratov, Russia to perform the full Nutcracker performance.
November – December 2014, Arianne was a guest Etoile with national company in Italy, direct by RAFFAELE PAGANINI to perform in more than 30 cities around Italy for THE NUTCRACKER show, full ballet performance.
In December 2014, Arianne participated at the Ballet Gala ”World Ballet Stars in Saratov” Russia with “Le Corsaire”and “Arlecchinade” PDD.
Arianne is currently an international guest principal dancer in many of the State Operas of Europe such as: Rome, Napoli, Opera of Bucharest, Opera Perm, Opera Sofia, Opera Macedonia, Opera Maribor, Opera Ljubljana, Saratov Opera Theater, Russia.


Marek Rozycki

Associate Artistic Director at the Berlin State Ballet School, Germany

Marek Rozycki was educated in the Poznan State Ballet School.

His first professional engagement was with the Polish Dance Theatre under Conrad Drzewiecki, who was at this time the most innovative choreographer of polish dance scene. Further he was engaged with the Bremer Dance Theatre, Deutsche Oper Berlin Ballet and Ballet of the Staatsoper Berlin. His repertoire includes various roles from world famous classical and contemporary repertoire while he had the privilege to work with world famous classical and contemporary choreographers.

As first Ballet master and choreographic assistant he worked in Peter Schaufuss Dance Company in Denmark and Berlin Ballet Company of the Komische Oper Berlin where he was in the position of  the Associate Artistic Director.

He is teaching ballet in Europe, Asia and both Americas and is desirable judge by the world renowned ballet competitions.

Presently he executes the position of Associate Artistic Director at the Berlin State Ballet School. He continues working with his other interest such as choreographing, guest teaching and collaborating with different Artist (Film, Photography, Art and Music).

Steffi Scherzer

Artistic Director, Zürich Dance Academy, Switzerland

Trained at the State Ballet School in Berlin with subsequent engagement at the German State Opera. In 1984 she was appointed prima ballerina and danced the leading roles in all major classical as well as neoclassical ballets. Bronze medal in Varna, art and critics awards. Guest performances abroad all over the world. Collaboration with important choreographers such as Bejart, Roland Petit, Uwe Scholz, Pierre Lacotte, Patrice Bart.

Mihail Sosnovschi

International Guest Soloist Dancer

Born in Chisinau (Moldova). After his education at the Ballet Academy of Moldova and the Conservatory of the City of Vienna, he danced in 2000 at the Jeune Ballet de France. In 2001 he became a member of the Vienna State Opera Ballet, and in 2003 he became a semi-soloist. In 2010 he was appointed solo dancer of the Vienna State Ballet. Guest performances took him to numerous European countries and overseas. Since September 2017, he has also worked as an educator at the Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera. Awards: 1. Prize at the ÖTR-Contest in Vienna (2001), Grand Prix at the Concours International de Danse de Luxembourg (2001), Karl Musil Memorial Prize (2016), Premio Capri Danza (2017), Order “Gloria Muncii” and Honorary Certificate (Diplomé de Onoare) of the Republic of Moldova for Special Cultural Merit (both 2018), Grand Prix de la Culture 2018 of the Vienna Private Bank.