Viola Mariner as Mercedes and Andrej Szabo as Espada in Don Quixote

Viola Mariner as Mercedes (The Street Dancer) and Andrej Szabo as Espada (Toreador). Don Quixote, music by Ludwig Minkus, choreography by Marius Petipa, new version Vasily Medvedev and Stanislav Feco, costumes by Jelena Zajceva, set design by Andrei Voitenko. Shot at The Slovak National Ballet (SND New Building) 21.11.2019.

Viola Mariner (born 1987 in the Austrian city of Moedling) is a Soloist with Slovak National Ballet, Bratislava. She graduated from the Ballet Conservatory of the Vienna State Opera (1993-2005). She took part in a dance workshop with Marcia Haydee and Joe Alegado (2002), and later on a ballet internship at Princess Grace Academie de Danse Classique in Monaco (2003). In 2004 she studied at the Royal Ballet Academy in London. In the 2005/2006 season she was a member of the Heinz Spoerli Junior Ballet in Zurich. Since 2006 she has been a member of the SND Ballet. In the 2008/2009 season she performed in the Rennais Dance Ensemble in Vienna. In 2009 she returned to the Slovak National Theater, where she has been a ballet soloist since 2011.

Andrej Szabo is a First Soloist with Slovak National Ballet. He graduated from Eva Jaczova Dance Conservatory in Bratislava (2003), studied at the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monaco. He is currently studying at the Law Faculty of Trnava University. Since 2004 he has been a member, since 2010 a soloist, since 2014 the first soloist of the SND Ballet.

Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of Slovak National Ballet, special thanks to Vasily Medvedev, Stanislav Feco and Peter Antalík.

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