Slovenian Choreographer Edward Clug Among the Nominees of the Benois de la Danse Festival

Slovenian choreographer and ballet master Edward Clug joined the list of nominees for one of the prestigious awards of the annual ballet festival “Benois de la Danse” for setting “Rite of Spring” (Posvetitev pomladi — in Slovenian) and “Handman”. The first performance was shown by the Zurich Ballet, and the second — by the Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT2). Winners will be announced during the official ceremony at the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow) in late May.

The Benois de la Danse Ballet Festival was founded in 1991 by the International Association of Choreographers (Moscow). It annually features the world’s best performances by representatives of various ballet schools and trends from around the world.

The Slovenian and world communities know Edward Clug due to his contemporary ballet productions, which are able to delight even an experienced connoisseur: Tango, Radio & Juliet, Stabat Mater and Peer Gynt, as well as dance performances, such as Arhitektura tišine, Posvetitev pomladi, Ptiči and others. His style never leaves spectators indifferent. He masterfully demonstrates the whole range of human emotions with the help of modern choreography, music, lighting and scenery.

Modern ballet in Slovenia is unthinkable without Edward Clug — a choreographer, ballet master and art expert, who in 2017 celebrated the 25th anniversary of his work at the Slovene National Theatre Maribor (SNG Maribor). For his artistic achievements, he was awarded a number of international awards in dance competitions and festivals in Varna, Belgrade, Moscow, Sarajevo, as well as the Prešeren Fund Award (2005). In 2010, Clug was nominated for the Golden Mask Award in Moscow.

The creative formation of Edward Clug was strongly influenced by the director Tomaž Pandur, with whom Clug first worked as a dancer, and later was invited as a choreographer to the Babilon (1996) project. Two years later, the Clug’s debut staging “Tango” came around.

In 2003, the SNG Maribor director Danilo Rošker appointed Edward Clug the creative director of the Maribor Ballet, which under his leadership reached new creative heights. At the same time, Edward Clug started touring abroad and participated in a big number of world’s festivals.