Romanian dancer and choreographer, artistic director of ballet of the Slovenene National Theatre in Maribor
Born in Meius, Romania, Clug graduated from National ballet school in Cluj-Napocca and became a dancer at the Slovene National Theatre. He started to make his own choreographies, the first one being Babylon in 1996.
In 2003 he was appointed artistic director of the ballet company of SNT. As a choreographer he collaborated with many companies around the world such as Stuttgart Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Wiener Staatsballett, Royal Ballet of Fladnres, National Ballet in Zagreb, Ukranian National Ballet Kiev or Nederlads Dans Theater. His ballets also featured in many dance festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Biarritz Festival, Dance Festival in Tel Aviv or Seoul International Dance Festival.
One of his most celebrated work is balelt Radio & Juliet (2005), a retelling of Romeo and Juliet on music by Radio Head, that made Clug internationally famous. Among his other pieces are Ssss… (2012), No Men’s Land (2014) or Handman (2016).
He received several national and international awards for his work and was nominated for the Golden Mask award in 2010 for the project Quattro. He was distinguished with the highest Slovene prizes in culture, the Award of the Prešern Foundation in 2005 and the Glazer Charter in 2008. He was nominated in 2017 for the prestigious award Benois de la Danse for the piece Handman with Nederland’s Dance Theatre 2 and in 2019 for the German Theatre Prize Der Faust for the piece Patterns in ¾ with Stuttgart Ballet.
His creative team includes costume designer Leo Kulaš, set designer Marko Japeli and composer Milko Lazar.