Association of Ballet Artists of Slovenia

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Društvo baletnih umetnikov Slovenije
dbus.dbus@gmail.com
Trg prekomorskih brigad 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 5 936 6161
RegionSI-1
Tomaž Rode, President
tomaz.rode@dbus.si
Phone386 (0) 40 465 160
Matjaž Marin, Vice President
matjaz.marin@dbus.si
Phone386 (0) 31 251 189
Darja Sebastian, Secretary
tajnistvo@dbus.si
Phone386 (0) 40 465 161
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The Association of Ballet Artists of Slovenia is a professional association of ballet artists with a current membership of over 280. The association acts as a representative of the interests of ballet practitioners, informs its members of important events, issues the bulletin Ballet (available also online), and confers the highest awards in the field of ballet, the Lydia Wisiakova Prize and the Pia and Pino Mlakar Award.

The association cooperates with the Society of Slovene Composers, Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), Slovenia, Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), and other cultural institutions, and is a member of the Chamber of Culture of Slovenia and a participating member of the European Council of Artists (ECA).


Overview

Established in 1962, the Association of Ballet Artists of Slovenia promotes the art of ballet with a number of activities, ranging from the organisation of ballet evenings to presentations of ballet as an art form in primary and secondary schools across Slovenia. Each year, the association organises a ballet concert, held at one of the two national opera and ballet houses, namely at Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana and Slovene National Theatre Maribor, where the recipients of the Lydia Wisiakova Prize are presented; organises the annual gala evening of new ballet choreographies accompanied by original Slovene music, usually held at Cankarjev dom Culture and Congress Centre; as well as organises presentations of Slovene ballet schools and societies.

The association organises also international events (such as the International Gala Ballet Concert) and ballet concerts abroad as well as the exhibitions on Slovene ballet.

Awards

Besides the Lydia Wisiakova Prize for outstanding achievements in the popularisation of ballet, the association also confers awards for outstanding choreographic achievement in the area of ballet – the Pia and Pino Mlakar Award, named after the dancers, choreographers, and initiators of ballet education and Slovenia Pia and Pino Mlakar.

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