Andrej Petrovič

A graduate in dance at The Ján Levoslav Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica, Mr Andrej Petrovič (1982, Bojnice) holds an additional degree in teaching classical dance from the Faculty of Music and Dance of The Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. After completing his studies at the conservatory, he joined the professional Theatre Dance Studio in Banská Bystrica where he worked with the choreographer Zuzana Ďuricová-Hájková.  Once he relocated to Bratislava, he became one of the founding members of the professional dance group Dajv led, at the time, by Marta Poláková. His further fate in dance was influenced by dancers, choreographers and tutors Russell Maliphant, Julyen Hamilton, Martin Kilvády, Marta Poláková, Chrysa Parkinson, Jaro Viňarský, Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, and Viliam Dočolomanský. After he left Slovakia, he was with the Editta Braun Company (Salzburg), Fatou Traoré (Brussels), Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (Rome), Fatore Kappa Physical Theatre (Rome), and Jean Abreu Dance Company (London).

In addition to dance, Mr Viňarský is into the film. He has co-authored and choreographed the dance film The Day, made in 2004 in collaboration with the choreographer Juraj Korec and the director Jozef Vlk.

Since 2007 he is member of the internationally acclaimed Akram Khan Company (London), where he was one of the foremost dancers and still is the assistant to the choreographer Akram Khan. Mr Viňarský participated in the production of iTMOi (in The Mind Of igor), (MC2: Grenoble 2013) made to mark the centenary of the opening of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. As assistant to Akram Khan and principal dance master, he continues in staging works by Akram Khan worldwide. The two have collaborated on preparing the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. They also jointly prepared the production of the modern adaptation of the ballet Giselle (2016) for the English National Ballet v London and its subsequent staging for international ballet stages.

In recent years, Andrej Petrovič has also focused on his own works. His own projects include such productions as The Tempest – part Caliban (SND Bratislava 2014), Fifth (Kecskemét City Ballet Budapest 2014), Rashomon Effect (National Youth Dance Company – Sadler’s Wells Theatre London 2014), or L / One of the Seven (Theatre Ponec Prague 2016) – the first solo in the given cycle on lust (Lust), made for the dancer Martina Hajdyla Lacová. For her performance of the work she was nominated for the 2016 Thália Prize. The second part in the cycle – solo P / One of the Seven (Stanica Žilina-Záriečie 2019) focuses on pride (Pride). Mr Petrovič was member of the creative team, assistant director and assistant choreographer in the most recent performance by Viliam Dočolomanský and the company Farma v jeskyni entitled Refuge / Útočiště (DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague 2018), where he is also part of the cast.

In 2018 he worked with the Department of Dance at The Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava to create, together with the students, dance production Dôvera / Trust. For the Slovak National Theatre Ballet he choreographed Michelle into a five-part show Beatles Go Baroque (2018) to the music by Peter Breiner. In a duet of two ladies he plays out the confrontation of youth and ageing, given that, for ballerinas, middle-age essentially means old age. The paradox of the impossibility of using the experience and mature perspective, limitation posed by the worn body reconcile in the duet through the acceptance and mutual respect.