choreographer, stage director
Youri Vàmos was born in Budapest. He received his dance training at the State Ballet School in his home town. After his initial engagement as a soloist in the Hungarian State Opera, he became the principle soloist at the Bavarian State Opera in 1972. He also gave guest performances in the USA, Japan, Paris, Vienna, at La Scala in Milan and at the Berlin State Opera. Vámos has been involved in choreography since 1978. In 1985, he became the Director of Ballet at the Dortmund Theatre, in 1988 he moved to the Bonn Opera and in 1991 he took over the directorship of the Corps de Ballet in Basel. Since the 1996/97 season, he has been the Director of the Corps de Ballet at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Throughout his artistic career, Youri Vàmos has presented his own adaptations of classical ballets such as Swan Lake, the Nutcracker, a Mid Summer Night’s Dream and Sleeping Beauty. Vàmos has also created new contemporary ballets such as Lucidor based on the novella of the same name by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (music: Alexandr Glazunov), Julien Sorel based on Stendhal’s novel Red and Black (music: Edgar Elgar), Shannon Rose (music: Jean Sibelius) and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. As well as Romeo and Juliet (music: Sergei Prokofiev) and the Othello Case (music: Leoš Janáček), Vàmos also created a full length ballet of Cinderella to the music of Sergei Prokofiev in the 2000/01 season. The premiere of his production of Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky was staged in spring 2002. In autumn 2002, he staged Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story with his own choreography. Since 2001 Youri Vámos is Honorary Professor at the Dance-Academy Budapest. Since 2009 Vámos is working as an independent choreographer.
He has created three works for the Czech National Ballet: In the season 2004/2005 ballet The Nutcracker - A Christmas Carol, in the season 2006/2007 staging of Romeo and Juliet and in season 2009/2010 in the world premiere ballet Othello.
Photo: Diana Zehetner