Tibur Trulik

Tibor Trulik’s dancing career began to take shape in his hometown Bytča, where he studied dance at the Primary Art School under the guidance of dance pedagogues Marta Bušfyová and Mária Zagatová. Besides dance, he also completed the Secondary School of Construction and Industry in Žilina. Later, he graduated from the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica, where he received a master’s degree in social pedagogy. 

Trulik has worked for the Dance Studio Theatre in Banská Bystrica since 2004; at the Studio, he has collaborated with many eminent personalities, including Zuzana Hájková, Tomáš Nepšinský, Daniel Raček, Tomáš Krivošík, Stanislava Vlčeková, Pierre Nadau, Milan Tomášik, Anton Lachký, Peter Mika, Jozef Fruček, Stanislav Dobák, Andrej Petrovič, Katarína Zagorski, Miloš Galko, Tomáš Danielis, Julyen Hamilton, Zuna Kozánková, Lívia Mendez Balážová, Sebastián Mendez Maligna, Jakub Nvota, Jozef Vlk, and Michal Náhlik. Since 2005, he has led regular dance courses for children and adults, dance workshops for people with special needs, as well as training courses for the dance ensemble of the Dance Studio. He has taught at the Art School in Brezno, the Lavuta Art School, led courses of the Dance Studio, and worked as a dance pedagogue at the Private Primary School Fantázia. He was a lecturer at the summer theatre camps in Banská Štiavnica, at the Počúvadlo Lake. At present, he teaches courses for adults at the Dance Studio and still cooperates with the Fantázia school. He extended his education by studying dance pedagogy at the Private Conservatory in Liptovský Hrádok.

 Trulik’s stable, interpretationally and creatively intensive work for the Dance Studio Theatre very naturally led him to start his own, devised work. Co-directing with Zuzana Ďuricová Hájková, he created productions with children, for children: Knots (2006), About the Sister Abducted by a Dragon (2008), Trees (2011, renewed premiere 2014), The Shepherdess of Wolves (2017), Neverending Dance (2017), and Pure Joy (2019). He also created the choreography for a music video by the band Longital (2011). Trulik’s solo project Repulsive Home (2012) was presented at the festival of contemporary dance Four (+1) Days of Dance for You (2012) and the Arteterapia festival (2012).

Trulik’s first feature choreography was the dance production The Tower of Babel (2013), for which he was awarded the Slovak Literary Fund Prize. In 2015, he staged the successful male duet entitled Androgen – a response to the then intricate political situation affected by nationalist political tendencies in the Banská Bystrica region. His other devised projects include the outdoor production Neverending Dance (2017) and the title Predominantly Good (2017), co-authored with Zuzana Ďuricová Hájková. The production The Right Angle (2018) was created as part of the 3x20 Men project. It was followed by the dance production Elizabeth’s Touch (2022) as an homage to Alžbeta Gwerková Göllnerová.

Trulik is a laureate of the Dance Personality of the Season Award – TAOS (2009).