Prof. Dr. Alkis Raftis (Greece)
President International Dance Council CID UNESCO, Paris
Prof. Raftis is considered the leading authority on dance in Greece since the Antiquity, as well as on dancers around 1900 such as Isadora Duncan and La Belle Otero. His Dance History Gallery series is considered the most valuable tool for dance historians. He is currently working on the history of dance in the Eastern Mediterranean before 1900.
He has authored more than 20 books on dance, culture and management, and more than 100 articles. He has edited other 30 books, 11 CD-ROM volumes, 6 CDs, 2 DVDs and a bi-monthly review with over 110 issues.
Olivier Patey (France)
ballet dancer, ballet master and choreographer
He is one of the most renowned French ballet dancers, ballet masters and choreographers. Heis a frequent member of the jury of international ballet and choreography competitions. He graduated from the Paris National Opera's Ballet School. His teachers were Raymond Franchetti, Gilbert Mayer, Alexandre Kalioujny, Richard Glasstone, Walter Trevor, Terry Westmoreland and Brian Shaw. In 1983 he became the principal dancer at the Paris Opera. Since 1997 he has continued his international career as a choreographer and dance teacher. For over twenty years he has successfully co-operated, both as a dancer and choreographer, with numerous theaters and ballet companies all over the world, including the Paris National Opera, Compania Nacional de Danza de Mexico, the Singapore Dance Theatre, the Korean National University of Art, the National Ballet of Belgrade, the Scottish Ballet, the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia, the German Staatstheater Braunschweig, Volkstheater Rostock and Sächsische Oper Dresden. He performed as a soloist on the world's most prestigious stages, dancing solo part in various works by outstanding choreographers such as Alvin Nikolaïs, Yuri Grigorovich, John Neumeier, Sir Kenneth Mac Millan, Karole Armitage, Nils Christe, Lucinda Childs, Dominique Bagouet and Mark Morris. He also created choreography presented on theatre stages around the world, including the National Opera in Paris, the National Ballet of Cuba, the Korean National Ballet as well as the Bucharest National Opera Ballet. In 1996, Olivier Patey was honoured with the title of "Chevalier des Arts et Lettres" by the French Government.
Marek Różycki (Germany)
dancer, choreographer, dance teacher
He was educated in the State Ballet School in Poznań where he was tutored following the Vaganova Syllabus a.o. by Wanda Jakowicka and Władyslaw Milon. His first professional engagement was with the Polish Dance Theater, under Conrad Drzewiecki, who was at that time the most innovative choreographer of the Polish Dance Scene. During a tour to Italy with this company, Marek decided to stay in the western part of Europe where he got hired by Reinhild Hoffmann to work in the Bremer Dance Theatre. His next professional engagement brought him to Berlin. There he became a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin Ballet under the direction of Gert Reinholm. Later, in 1990 Peter Schaufuss was given directorship of the company and Marek continued under Mr. Schaufuss. In this time he started his choreographic career. With the Deutsche Oper Berlin Ballet, Marek danced various roles in works by world famous classical and contemporary choreographers. Marek was then invited to join the Staatsoper Berlin under the direction of Michael Denard, where his duties included being a soloist, company ballet master, ballet teacher and choreographer, which all broadened his experience in the world of dance. Marek was then invited to become first ballet master and choreographer’s assistant to Peter Schaufuss and his Dance Company in Denmark. He then furthered his education for one year choreographing and teaching ballet all over Europe and finished at the Institut de Pédagogie et de Recherche Chorégraphiques in Paris in the Centre National de la Danse. Bertrand d’At, Director of the Ballet du Rhin, invited him to be the company resident guest teacher and professor for classical dance at the Conservatoire National de Région in Strasbourg. His next engagement brought him back to Berlin, where alongside Adolphe Binder, as her associate artistic director and first ballet master he cooperated numerous projects at the Berlin Ballet Company of the Komische Oper Berlin in the period of its greatest prosperity and creativity.
Radu Poklitaru (Ukraine)
ballet dancer and choreographer
Founder and Artistic Director of the Kiev Modern Ballet Theater. One of the most talented young European choreographers. He graduated from the Perm State Choreographic College in Russia and studied choreography at the Belorussian State Academy of Music. In the years 1991-2001 he was a dancer of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Belarus. In 2001-2002 he was the chief choreographer of the Moldova National Opera Ballet in Kishinev. His art captivates the audience and is quite controversial. He became famous in the late 1990s when his short productions with flexible approach to the art of dance, musicality and dramatic structure, won the first prize at a number of international ballet competitions. The works of Radu Poklitaru comprise about 20 one-act, full-length productions which have been staged in many theaters, including the Bolshoi Theater of Russia, the Russian Chamber Ballet in Moscow and the National Opera Houses of Moldova, Latvia and Belarus. His every performance is an experiment and a search for novelty. It attracts the audience by adopting an unexpected approach to world-renowned theatrical plots and enriching contemporary dance by being innovative while remaining true to the music itself. Each production aims to reveal the complexity of the human psyche. Radu Poklitaru's performances have been presented during international festivals and tours in Great Britain, the U.S., the Netherlands, Russia, Belarus and Poland.