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Nikola Márová

Nikola Márová

First soloist of The Czech National Ballet


Principal dancer with Czech National Ballet. Her elegance, stellar technique and deep understanding of her characters made her a perfect ballerina for big roles of classical ballet repertory such as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake or Nikia in La Bayadère as well as dramatic roles such as Tatiana in Onegin. Márová is an exceptional artist, who dances in any dance style or technique with the same level of utmost excellence. A principal dancer of the company since 2006, she’s a two time awardee of Thalia Award for her roles of Odette/Odile and Mother in Glen Tetley’s Rite of Spring.

Born in Prague, she began her dance training in Dance school of National Theatre. Then she studied at Dance Conservatory Prague (her teachers include Hana Vláčilová, Zdenka Nemcová and Pavel Ždichynec). During her studies, she also took up two residencies in Dresden

She joined Czech National Ballet in 1999, in 2001 she was named a soloist, in 2006 a principal. One of her first roles include pas de trois in Swan Lake (Harapes, Mazalová) and the main role of Marie in Nutcracker (Grigorovich).

She is dancing the main roles in majority of Czech National Ballet repertory such as Odette/Odile (Swan Lake; Greve; Cranko), Nikia (La Bayadère; Torres), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty; Torres) and Tatiana (Onegin; Cranko). She created roles in ballet by George Balanchine (Theme and Variations, Serenade), Glen Tetley (The Rite of Spring), William Forsythe (In The Middle Somewhat Elevated), Jiří Kylián (Petit Mort), Petr Zuska (Brel – Vysotsky – Kryl / Solo for three, Tremble, Romeo and Juliet), Libor Vaculík (Valmont) among others.

She was awarded a Thalia Award in 2007 for her roles of Odette and Odile and in 2017 for her role of Mother in The Rite of Spring by Glen Tetley. In 2002 she won a Philip Morris Ballet Flower Award for the best ballet dancer of the year. 

She was a guest artist with many companies such as National Theatre in Ostrava (Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle), Finnish National Ballet (Odette/Odile; Greve) or in Thaiwan (Marguerite in The Lady of the camelias; Yu).

She danced in many international galas in Germany, Spain, Finland, Italy, Portugese, Malta, Russia, Thaiwan or China.

Odette/Odile (Swan Lake; Harapes, Mazalová; Greeve; Cranko), Raymonda (Grigorovich), Giselle, Myrtha (Giselle; Hampson), Bianca (The taming of the Shrew; Cranko), „M“ (Camen; Ek), Sabrina (Faust; Vaculík), Aurora, Carabosse (Sleeping Beauty; Torres), La Sylphide (Bournonville), the Step Mother, Mother/The Fairy (Cinderella; Maillot), Nikia (La Bayadère; Torres), Christmas Fairy, Clara (Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol; Vàmos), Snow Queen (Corder), marquise de Merteuil (Valmont; Vaculík), Queen Mab (Romeo and Juliet; Zuska), The witch (The Little Mermaid; Kodet), Mum, a Star (Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse; Zuska), Lise (La Fille mal gardée; Ashton), Mother (The Rite of Spring; Tetley), Laundress (Kafka: The Trial; Bigonzetti), Rosetta (Leonce & Lena; Spuck), Olga, Tatiana (Onegin; Cranko).

Child and the Magic Spells, Sinfonietta, Stamping Ground, Petit Mort (Kylián), The River (Ailey), Theme and Variations, Who cares?, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Serenade (Balanchine), In the Middle Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe), Guru (Konvalinka), 1st Symphony in D major, D.M.J. 1953 – 1977, Ibbur or a Prague Mystery, Brel – Vysotsky – Kryl / Solo for three, Empty Title, A Little Extreme, Tremble (Zuska), 7th Symphony in A major (Scholz), Vertigo (Bigonzetti).