From our collections – Henrik Neubauer, Prešeren Award recipient
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Henrik Neubauer, Prešeren Award recipient
Henrik Neubauer simultaneously graduated from the Ljubljana Ballet School and completed his medical studies at the Medical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana in 1953. In the time of his studies, he already worked as a ballet dancer with the Ljubljana Ballet Ensemble and trained as a choreographer abroad after finishing his studies. In his extremely extensive choreographic oeuvre, prominent place is reserved for first presentations of ballets by Slovenian composers. His directorial activity, his pedagogic work and professional research are abundant as well. He published a number of notable books of dance and music-theatre. Likewise, he made a significant contribution to the European establishment of the Ljubljana Festival and received numerous awards for his extremely diverse activity.
Among his solo dance roles, we can name the title role in the only independent choreography by Pia Mlakar, Dancer in Chains (1956), of which Ljudska pravica wrote: “We are dealing with an extremely difficult dance, in terms of physical capacity, as well as dancing intensity, which may not ease off from the first jump onto the stage until the end, not even in a motionless posture on the floor. This demands not only great technical mastery of the dancer, an excellent condition, but also a high and mature dancing stage presence.”
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