Anna Ol and Jozef Varga in Concerto Concordia, choreo by Christopher Wheeldon, music by Francis Poulenc, costumes by Jean-Marc Puissant. Made in Amsterdam 2 (Christopher Wheeldon, David Dawson, Alexei Ratmansky, Krzysztof Pastor) Het Nationale Ballet, shot during general rehearsal on 9.2.2017 in Dutch National Opera & Ballet Theatre.
Anna Ol (Krasnoyarsk, Russia, b. 1985) is a Prima Ballerina with HET Nationale Ballet. She was born in Krasnoyarsk in, Russia, trained at the Krasnoyarsk Ballet College (class of S. Mikheyeva) graduated in 2003. Danced with the Siberian State Ballet, the State Opera of Tatarstan, the Michailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg and the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Music Theatre in Moscow, where she danced all the major roles of the classical repertoire. She joined Dutch National Ballet as a principal on 17 August 2015.
Jozef Varga is a Principal dancer with Dutch National Balllet (HET Nationale Ballet). Following his career with the Czech National Ballet in Prague and the Swiss Zürcher Ballett, Jozef Varga (Nové Zámky, Slovakia) joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2007, where he immediately received a contract as a principal. Jozef trained at the Conservatoire for Dance in Bratislava and at the Académie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. He has won awards at several international ballet competitions and received the Alexandra Radius Prize in 2010. The magazine Dance Europe recently included Jozef in their top 100 international dancers.
Christopher Peter Wheeldon OBE (born 22 March 1973) is an English international choreographer of contemporary ballet. Born in Somerset, England, Wheeldon began training to be a ballet dancer at the age of 8. He attended the Royal Ballet School between the ages of 11 and 18. In 1991, Wheeldon joined the Royal Ballet, London; and in that same year, he won the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne competition. In 1993, at the age of 19, Wheeldon moved to New York City to join the New York City Ballet. Wheeldon was named Soloist in 1998. Wheeldon began choreographing for the New York City Ballet in 1997, while continuing his career as a dancer. He retired as a dancer in 2000 in order to focus on his choreography. In 2001, Wheeldon became the New York City Ballet resident choreographer and first resident artist. He was productive in this position, choreographing a number of much lauded works for the troupe, Polyphonia being the first. He quickly developed a reputation as a talented choreographer, and several other eminent ballet companies, such as the San Francisco Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, and the Royal Ballet, London have commissioned dances from him. As of May, 2003, Wheeldon had composed at least 23 works, incl Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden; The Winter’s Tale for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden; The Nutcracker, Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Dutch National Opera and Ballet Theatre, special thanks to Laura Mönch, Roos van der Steen and Richard Heideman.