Sanja Ninkovic

She graduated from Lujo Davico Ballet School in 2001 and became a member of the National Theater ensemble the same year. She became Ballet Soloist III in 2003, signing a contract to become Ballet Soloist II in 2010.

She performed her first solo roles in ballets of contemporary repertoire: Who’s Singin’ Over There, The Autumn Flowers, The Rite of Spring, Songs, Alexander, Dictionary of the Khazars – Dream Hunters, The Tin Drum, Step Lightly, Six Dances, Interval, Viva la Vida, as well as solo roles in operas Carmen and Adriana Lecouvreur.

She plays solo roles in theater shows of classical repertoire: Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Paquitta and Coppelia.

She has been a guest member of Bitef Dance Company since 2010 (Yesterday, Divine Comedy, Myrrh and Cinnamon, If Everyone Could Hush Down for a Bit…) and since 2002, she has been a cast member in ballets of Opera & Theatre Madlenianum (Triptych, North Fairy Tale, Orpheus in the Underworld, Liederabend, Wolfgang Amade).

In the course of her career she worked with following choreographers: Paul Lightfoot, Marie Claud Pietragalla, Edward Clug, Guy Weizman, Jasmin Vardimon, Isidora Stanisic, Ronald Savkovic, Zoran Markovic, Konstantin Kostjukov, Ljubinka Dobrijevic, Krunislav Simic, Vladimir Logunov, Lidija Pilipenko, Aleksandar Ilic, Dejan Kolarov, Ramon Oller, Duska Sifnios, Ditmar Seifer, Snjezana Abramovic, Renato Zanella…

She received the Critics Award and Encouragement Award at the 22nd Festival of Choreographic Miniatures for her debutante choreography Subjective.

Her first ballet show, named One, for which she was the choreographer and director, premiered in October 2019 in National Theater, at Rasa Plaovic stage, within the 23rd Festival of Choreographic Miniatures. The show was selected to be a part of the main program of the 17th Belgrade Dance Festival where the author received the Believe in Yourself award.

The second show that bears her signature as the choreographer and director was The Bait and it premiered within Young Choreographers program at the Main Stage of National Theater in 2020, becoming the part of the ballet repertoire. For this show, the author received the annual award of the National Theater for Best Individual Premier Artistic Accomplishments in 2021.

She’s also the winner of the award Smiljana Mandukic for the Best Dance Interpretation in the artistic dance field for Yesterday – Remember to Forget of Bitef Dance Company (2013); award Dimitrije Parlic as the ensemble member in Step Lightly ballet for exceptional artistic interpretation and technique; award Natasa Boskovic for the role in Slavic Dances of the theater show Coppelia; and the commendation of National Theatre for exceptional work achievement (2010, 2013 and 2019).

She graduated from the department of Theater and Media Production at the University of Arts in Belgrade.

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