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Honorary member

Henrik Neubauer

About Henrik

Opera director, choreographer, full professor at the Academy of Music, doctor, publicist, historian of opera and ballet.

The long-time president of the SLOVENIAN CHAMBER THEATER Association and its honorary member.

Jobs: Soloist of the Ljubljana Ballet (until 1957), assistant at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana (1957-1961), head of ballet and choreographer of the Ljubljana Ballet (1960-72), director and artistic director of the Ljubljana Festival (1972-82) - in 1977 achieved that the Ljubljana Festival was accepted into the Association of European Music Festivals - , artistic director of the Opera and Ballet in Maribor (1984-86). From 1989 to 2002, he lectured at the Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana in the singing department and the Opera School, for which he prepared the study program in 1997. 

In 2008, he also prepared the program of the opera department for the planned Music Academy of the University of Maribor in Velenje. Since 2007, he has been teaching at the Higher Ballet School of the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana, the foundation of which he has been preparing since 1997, History of Dance, Character and Classical Dances and Choreography.

International and domestic activity: Active in many international and domestic organizations, among others since 1973 in the International Theater Institute (ITI-Unesco), where he was president of the Slovenian Center (1992-2000), general secretary of the Dance Committee, technical advisor of the Executive Committee and is still a member of the Presidency of the Musical Theater Committee. He is an active member of the Dance Notation Bureau in New York, a member of the Advisory Council of the International Dance Alliance, a founding member of the Alliance of Dance Notation Educators, president of the Slovenian Chamber Music Theatre, he was president of the Association of Slovenian Concert Agencies, president of the Coordination Committee of Yugoslav Concert Agencies, president of the Slovenian Bicycle Association , representative of the Ljubljana Festival in the Association of European Music Festivals and in the Committee for Extra-European Arts, chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 1st and 3rd Competition of Young Slovenian Ballet Dancers, member of the Committee for Music and Dance-Ballet Activities of the Cultural Community of Slovenia, member_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_ Terminological Commission of the Institute for the Slovene Language of the Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, member of the committee for the preparation of the cultural and artistic program of the Ivan Cankar Cultural Center in its founding, member of the Council for Music Education of the Ministry of Education , science and sport and the Ministry of Culture, member of the Program Committee of the Maribor Philharmonic, president of the Association of Ballet Artists of Slovenia (1995-2001), president of the jury of the 7th Competition of Young Slovenian Ballet Dancers 2005, president of the Slovenian Chamber Music Theater (2002-2009). President of the Council of the 9th Competition of Young Ballet Dancers in 2009. From 2008 to 2010, member of the Supervisory Board, from 2010 onwards, member of the Board of Directors of the Ljubjana Music Academy.

Awards: In 1970, he became an honorary doctor of the Universite de la danse in Paris, in 1964 he won the second prize at the 3rd Slovenian Amateur Film Festival and the fourth prize at the 8th Yugoslavian Amateur Film Festival for the genre film Na konicah prstov, and at the same time there the third prize for the feature film Vision, in 1970 a diploma for participation in the 17th World Gymnastics Championship, in 1971 he received the Order of Labor with a Golden Wreath, in 1973 recognition of the position of artist of exceptional quality by the Commission for the Classification of Artists, in 1977 he became an honorary member of the Ballet Group Lidije Sotlar, at the Yugoslav Opera Biennale in 1978 he won the award for the best direction (Bizet: Carmen), and at the Yugoslav Ballet Biennale in 1981 the award for the best choreography (Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet), since 1983 he has been an honorary member of the ITI Dance Committee, in 1986, as a director together with the ensemble of Opera SNG Maribor, he received recognition from the 10th Yugoslav Opera Biennale for an extremely creative performance of K Ralj D. Božič and in the same year recognition of the Maribor Concert Office for long-term cooperation. In 1989, he received the recognition of important works of art from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television of the University of Ljubljana, in 2000 the Škerjančev recognition of the Secondary School of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana, in 2000 the Betet charter as a group recognition of the contributors to the Encyclopedia of Slovenia, in 2001 the recognition of the Ministry of Education , science and sport and the Ministry of Culture on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of competitions of young Slovenian musicians and ballet dancers, in 2003 he received the Award of the Capital City of Ljubljana for his invaluable work in Slovenian ballet and opera art, for his managerial work in the central opera-ballet house, for his teaching work and the creation of original higher education programs in the field of opera and ballet for the long-term successful management of the Ljubljana summer festival and for committed social action and fundamental scientific journalistic work in the field of opera and ballet. In 2009, the President of the Republic Dr. Danilo Türk was awarded the Golden Order of Merit for outstanding work and merit in cultural activities, especially ballet, and in realizing the sovereignty, reputation and progress of the Republic of Slovenia in culture. On this occasion, the President of the Republic particularly emphasized his outstanding contribution to the development of aesthetics in Slovenia. In the same year, at the Turyak Congress in Istanbul, he received the award and the title "Distinguished Senior Citizen of the World" from the hands of the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan.

Choreographies and directing: His creative opus in Slovenia as well as in Austria, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Ireland, Bulgaria, Slovakia presents over 80 ballet choreographies  to the music of foreign and Slovenian composers (Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf , Romeo and Juliet, The Stone Flower, R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Auric: La Chambre, Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Caprice, Romeo and Juliet, Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins, De Falla: El Amor Brujo, Francaix: The Naked Emperor, Khachaturyan: Spartacus, Blacher: Othello, Hamlet, Constant: Cyrano de Bergerac, Ravel: Bolero, Grieg: Peer Gynt, Lehar: Merry Widow, Stravinsky: Firebird, Bliss: Checkmate, Osterc: Illusions, Arabesques, Mask of the Red Death, Savin : Tea Girl, Ciglič: Obrežje plesalk, Ukmar: Godec, Petrić: Kurent, Škerjanc: Gazelle, Mařenka, Kozina: Highland Fairy Tales, Vrhunc: The Little Prince, etc.), 80 choreographies in opera and drama performances, over 40 choreographies for special events , 33 opera and operetta directions (Bizet: Carmen, Puccini: Tosca, Verdi: The Troubadour, Traviata, Mozart: The Abduction from the Serai, The Marriage of Figaro, La Finta Giardiniera, Gluck: Le Cinesi, Menotti: The Medium, The Consul, Donizetti: Rita, etc.) and 13 stage plays in French (Anouilh, Moliere, Labiche, Tardieu, Feydeau, Cocteau, Orsenna, etc.). On the occasion of the 70th birthday of the composer Lojze Lebič, in November 2004 he presented the ballet premiere of his compositions Kons (b) and Krinka (to the music of Korant) in Prevalje. Within the framework of the Slovenian Chamber Music Theatre, he prepared three premieres: in 2003 Čudež v Kropa by J. Offenbach, and in 2004 Jože Dobrnik's Great Day and Phantom in Handel's House, both by E. Streul, in 2006 two operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bastien and Bastienne and Theater director, in 2007 the christening performance of the new Slovenian chamber opera Pierrot and Pierrette by Tomaž Svetet and in 2008 the comic opera by the Russian classical composer Vasilija Paškevich Skopuh. As part of the cooperation between SKGG and SNG Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, in 2009 he presented two one-act plays: Theater Director by WA Mozart and Marriage Contract by G. Rossini.

Bibliography: He wrote more than 30 books and over 500 articles in the field of opera and ballet; his most important journalistic and research work is Development of ballet art in Slovenia in two parts, as well as musical theater works by Slovenian composers, Motion through the ages, Classical ballet I and II, Dance through the ages, 80 years of Slovenian ballet, Ballet vocabulary, Guide to operas of Slovenian composers, Guide to ballets by Slovenian composers, Reflections on the future of opera art in Slovenia, Reflections on theater criticism, The world of stage play, Cube of Luck and Shining wings - a collection of songs, Reflections on the position of ballet art in the world and in our country, Slovenian literary works on musical theater stage, Character dances - Dances of European nations on the theater stage, From little boy to Architecture of silence, Basics of choreography, Operetta in Slovenia and Memories from travels, Stage swordsmanship, Reckoning, Ljubljana Opera during the Second World War.

Participates in many encyclopedic editions: Encyclopedia of Ballet, Moscow; All about ballet, Moscow; Yugoslav musical lexicon, Zagreb; Ballet Almanacs, Berlin; Encyclopedia of Slovenia, Ljubljana, World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre, Toronto; The Great Lexicon of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ljubljana; Slovenian theater lexicon, Ljubljana; Slovenian Biographical Lexicon, Ljubljana; Ballettjahrgang Deutschland, SAZU Terminological Dictionary, Ljubljana; Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet, London; International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York; Theater Vocabulary, Ljubljana; The World of Theatre, ITI-Bangladesh, Great English-Slovenian Dictionary Oxford - DZS, Ljubljana. He was also the editor-in-chief and editor-in-chief of the Theater List of Opera and Ballet of the SNG Ljubljana, a member of the editorial board of the Theater List of Opera and Ballet of the SNG Maribor and participated in the editions of the Music and Ethnography Institute in Ljubljana, the editors of the anthologies "50 years of Slovenian ballet", "20 years of the Secondary Ballet School in Ljubljana", "Ballet School in Ljubljana 1948-1993", "100 years of the Opera House in Ljubljana", "25 years of the Ljubljana Festival", "30 years of the Ljubljana Festival", "Slovenian Thetare 1993 and 1994", for which he wrote most articles.

Lectures: In the USA (Brandeis University, UCLA, University Dallas, University of Illinois, Ballet Guild of Chicago), in Finland (Savonlinna), in Germany (Cologne, Munich, Essen), Austria (Vienna, Wolfsegg), in Hungary, in Belgium, France (Cabourg), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bjelašnica), Croatia (Opatija, Grožnjan) and Slovenia. In November 2003, he led a seminar on dance script of the Society of Ballet Artists of Slovenia, and in January 2004, he lectured on ancient dances at a seminar of the Institute of Education of the Republic of Slovenia in Olimje. In 2001 and 2005 he was visiting professor at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch", Berlin, in 2004 and 2008 he was visiting professor for the course of choreography and in 2009 for the course History of Ballet at the International Ballet Seminar in Wolfsegg, Austria. In October 2009, he participated in the International Congress of Distinguished World Citizens in Istanbul, Turkey, with the article "Bridging the differences between cultures".


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