Lukas Slavicky

Lukas Slavicky was born in Prague and received his training at the conservatory where his father Jaroslav Slavicky was director of the dance department. Since both his parents were ballet dancers dance was in his blood from boyhood. While still a student he danced solo parts in Nutcracker and La Fille mal gardee. When the school performed at the theatre in Brno he danced the Don Quixote pas de deux.

For this and many other performances he chose Zuzana Zahradnikova as his partner and together they came to Munich in 1999, Zuzana as apprentice and Lukas as corps de ballet dancer. Even in his first year in the corps de ballet he was given small solo parts, e.g. in the pas de six in Giselle and as Bird-Spirit in A Cinderella Story by Neumeier.

In 1997 Lukas Slavicky won the first prize at the ballet competition in Vienna, was in the finals of the Prix de Lausanne in 1998 and was awarded the third prize at the Nureyev competition in Budapest the same year, and again, one year later, in Nagoya, Japan.

Even before his first professional engagement he was invited to dance at galas, e.g. in 1997 and 1998 in Ludwigsburg for the Birgit-Keil-Foundation, and again at the gala on the occasion of Birgit Keil receiving the German Tanzpreis award. In 1999 he appeared at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow with the Jeune Ballet de France and at the Nureyev memorial gala in Budapest.

At the beginning of the 2000/2001 season he made his debut as Romeo in John Cranko's ballet and as Prince in Neumeier's A Cinderella Story, in both cases as partner of Anna Villadolid. The same season Lucinda Childs created for him one of the leads in her Handel/Corelli.

With the beginning of the 2002/2003 season he was appointed soloist. During the guest season in Venice in September he had his debut as Basilio in Don Quixote with Maria Eichwald as Kitry and had a great success. Back to Munich he began rehearsals for his debut as Lenski in Cranko's Onegin and also danced Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream by John Neumeier.

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