Mujić, Leo | Choreographer

Date created: 22.02.2014.
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After a successful dancing career on European and world stages, the internationally recognised ballet artist Leo Mujić devoted himself to choreography. He has mounted his ballet pieces, for which he often writes librettos and selects music, on numerous ballet stages, presenting himself as an author with an interesting contemporary style that successfully combines modern, classical and neoclassical elements.

As a compelling creator, he has been invited to stage his works at many ballet theatres, including the Staatsballett Berlin, the Slovene National Theatre Ljubljana, the Zurich Dance Academy, the Dutch National Ballet Amsterdam (a solo for Tamás Nagy), the Paris Opera Ballet (a solo for Aurélie Dupont) etc. He choreographed the ballet Change Me to music by Johann Sebastian Bach for the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. At the Staatstheater Augsburg he staged a full-length ballet Traumgekrönt, inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry and set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Paul Hindemith, as well as full-length ballet-opera Orpheus-Saitenschlag, with music by Georg Philipp Telemann, Dieterich Buxtehude and Leopold Hurt. At Theatre No in Tokyo he did an independent ballet project with principal dancers of the New National Theatre; at the Tokyo City Ballet he staged a ballet set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi. He staged the ballet Change Bach, set to Bach’s music, at the Hungarian National Theatre of Pécs; the ballet Glass House, with music by Robert Schumann and Philip Glass, at the Györ National Ballet; the ballet in opera La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi at the National Theatre Belgrade; the ballet Carmina Burana by Carl Orff at the Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad. At the Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc Rijeka he staged Pour homme et femme, his original project with music by J. S. Bach, a full-length ballet Scheherazade, with music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with music by various composers. In collaboration with Valentina Turcu, at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival he staged his original ballet piece Dangerous Liaisons, based on the famous book by de Laclos, with music by various baroque composers, co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor and Ljubljana Festival; they collaborated again on the ballet Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev at the Latvian National Ballet. He staged Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov at the same theatre; at the Slovene National Theatre Ljubljana he staged the ballet The Great Gatsby, based on the novel by Francis Scott Fitzgerald and set to the music of various American composers. Last year he participated with his choreography in the hit show Vivid - A Celebration of Life in Berlin, produced by the Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin.

His first engagement at the Zagreb Ballet, in 2008, was a staging of his short ballet Idi vidi, set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. In 2011 he staged the ballet The Silence of My Murmur, inspired by Dobriša Cesarić’s poetry and set to the music of Anita Andreis; he choreographed and directed the hit production of Ana Karenina based on Tolstoy’s novel and set to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, praised by the critics and audiences alike, which toured major theatres in Croatia and abroad and won several awards, including the Croatian Actor Award for Best Choreographed Piece awarded to Leo Mujić. In 2017 he choreographed and directed the ballet The Glembays, based on Miroslav Krleža’s drama and set to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Rachmaninov, which brought him another Croatian Actor Award.


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