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Serbian National Ballet
Throughout its rich history, the audiences of National Theatre in Belgrade had seen many guest performing of best dancers, singers and actors of their time. The constant quality of the repertoire that merges good tradition with contemporary approach, along with the outstanding level of performing quality is our artistic trademark. Productions of the National Theatre in Belgrade are touring the country and abroad, reconnecting with the family of best European theatres that we belong to. The ballet is an essential part of the National Theatre in Belgrade. The Serbian National Ballet is famous mostly for his world premières, as the "Anna Karenina" by the Russian composer Schedrin, as well as "The Legend from Ohrid" by the Serbian artist S. Hristic.
The Artistic Director of the Ballet of the National Theatre in Belgrade is Bruce Steivel.
Previously, Mr. Steivel served as the Artistic Director of Bern Stadt Theatre in Switzerland, the Hong Kong Ballet, the Universal Ballet of Korea and most recently Nevada Ballet Theatre, where he served as artistic director for over a decade. Bruce Steivel is an internationally recognized choreographer and teacher.
Graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts, Mr. Steivel continued his studies on full scholarship with the American School of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Harkness House for Ballet Arts. He has trained and worked under some of dance's most famous teachers and choreographers including George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Roland Petit, Anton Dolin, Ben Stevenson, Andre Eglevsky, Alexandra Danoliva, David Howard and Heinz Spoerli.
As a dancer, Mr. Steivel danced every major role in the classical repertoire, including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Franz in Coppelia and the Prince in Nutcracker, to name a few. His contemporary repertoire included working with such notables as Sir Frederick Ashton, Hans van Manen, Jiri Kylian and Maurice Bejart.
As Artistic Director for the Hong Kong Ballet and the Universal Ballet, Mr. Steivel developed a strong internationally accepted company and launched each company on their first American and European tours. Hong Kong Ballet's tour to mainland China was the first time the Hong Kong based company performed in China.
As Artistic Director of Nevada Ballet Theatre, Mr. Steivel expanded the repertoire by adding 30 ballets - 13 from visiting choreographers and 17 from of his own creation. His Nutcracker was a holiday favorite, along with Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Good Times. Several of his works are in the repertoire of five major dance companies.
Mr. Steivel is frequently sought after as a guest teacher, teaching for Nederland Dans Theatre, the Norwegian National Ballet, the Hungarian National Ballet, the National Ballet of Portugal, the Berlin Stadstoper, Beijing Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Bat-Dor of Israel, the National Institute of Istanbul, Turkey and numerous schools in Japan and America.
His international involvement continues with his position as the Artistic Director for the prestigious International Concours de Danse in Luxembourg, under the patronage of the Grande Duc and Duchess of Luxembourg.