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Ivan Cavallari

Director of the Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin

From La Scala to the West Australian Ballet, not forgetting the Stuttgart Ballet, Ivan Cavallari's oustanding international career is totally in tune with the history of the Ballet of the OnR, where he took up the post of Artistic Director in January 2013.

Ivan Cavallari was born in 1964 in Bolzano, Italy. He received his initial training at the Teatro alla Scala Ballet School in Milan where his teachers noticed his talent and awarded him a scholarship to the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow in 1981 until 1983. From 1984 to 1985 he danced with the Teatro alla Scala Ballet. In 1986 he joined the Stuttgart Ballet and became a soloist in 1991, advancing to a principal dancer in 1994 under the successive directions of Marcia Haydée and Reid Anderson.

His repertoire includes leading roles in choreographies by Balanchine, Ashton, Fokine, Béjart, Tetley, Kylián, Forsythe, van Manen, Scholz, Mac Milan, Neumeier, Thoss, Spuck and Lee. He worked with international artists such as Massimiliano Guerra, Alessandra Ferri, Alina Cojocaru, Tamara Rojo, Johan Kobborg et Adam Cooper. He danced all the leading roles of John Cranko's ballets and staged regularly the latter's works with companies such as the Royal Ballet Covent Garden in London, the Teatro alla Scala Ballet, the Czech National Ballet, Prague, the Hungarian National Ballet in Budapest, the Opera di Roma, the Swedish Royal Ballet, the National Ballet of China, the Universal Ballet in Corea and the West Australian Ballet. He also staged numerous works by Uwe Scholz.

He choreographed ballets for the Stuttgart Ballet, the State Opera Ballet, Hanover, the Lodz State Opera Ballet in Poland, the Mannheim Ballet, the ballet company of the State Opera in Vienna and the State Gallery of Stuttgart which asked him to create a piece for the opening of an exhibition of paintings by Franz Marc. In 2002 he created The Last Emperor and I with the Liaoning Ballet in Schenyang, China and received several rewards. In 2008, his choreography of The Nutcraker for the West Australian Ballet received critical acclaim. In 2013, he created Dolly for the Ballet de l'OnR. Since 2007, he has been the artistic director of the West Australian Ballet, the oldest company of Australia created in 1952 by Kira Abrissokova (Bousloff).

Ivan Cavallari in a few dates

scholarship to the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow
1984 dancer at the Teatro alla Scala Ballet
1986 dancer at the Stuttgart, Ballet, principal dancer from 1991
2007 appointed Artistic Director of the West Australian Ballet
2008 The Nutcracker with the West Australian Ballet