Do not miss a special opportunity to see another world-known ballet star, Roman Lazík, at the State Theatre Košice. On Friday, 27th January, he will perform on the stage in historical building in a leading role of ballet production by author tandem, director and choreographer Ondrej Šoth and dramatist Zuzana Mistríková, NUREYEV – biographical story of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous emigrant from communist Russia and a legendary dancer who changed the dance world forever.
„ It is an immense challenge for me. When I saw this ballet for the first time, I could not take my eyes off it.“, says Roman Lazík, who started his star career in 1998 also in Košice as Romeo in the ballet Romeo and Juliet and he last performed here three years ago in the farewell program Balet Gala of soloist Eva Sklyarova.
While studying at the Eva Jaczová Dance Conservatory in Bratislava, Roman Lazík was a finalist at the ballet competition in Paris, at the Eurovision Song Contest in Gdańsk and in Lausanne in Switzerland, where he received an internship at the Boston Ballet School. He won First Prize at the Czechoslovak competition in Brno and the ÖTR-Contest in Vienna and as the first Slovak dancer he won a medal at the prestigious ballet contest in New York. In his graduation year, he was already engaged as a soloist of the Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre.
During his short but intense work at the SND Ballet, he danced almost every main character of the repertoire and received several awards. In 1996, the Philip Morris Ballet Flower Award for the Most Promising Talent of the Year and a year later for the Best Dancer of the Year, followed by the Prime Minister of Slovakia´s Prize and in 1999 the Prize of the Literary Fund for the role of Death in the ballet Requiem by O. Šoth.
His dance career continued through engagement with PACT Ballet in Pretoria, South Africa, with Israel Ballet in Tel Aviv and then he again became the first soloist at the SND Ballet. In 2000 he accepted an offer of demi-soloist at the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where in 2001 he became its soloist and in 2003 the first soloist. He settled in Vienna in 2007, where he accepted an engagement as a soloist in the Ballet of the Viena State Opera. He has been a first soloist of the Wiener Staatsballet since 2010 under the direction of Manuel Legris.
In the course of his career, he profiled himself as a Danseur Noble, interpreting the most important roles of the classical repertoire. His repertoire includes many solo parts in the famous ballet pieces of world-class choreographers, such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Roland Petit, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan and others. He also has an opportunity to work with contemporary renowned choreographers as Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Boris Eifman and many others. During his career he danced on the most prestigious ballet stages around the world, whether it was Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow or theatres in Paris, Tokyo, Toronto, Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, etc.