Szilárd Macher
Ballet dancer, teacher, choreographer, director at HDA

Studied at the Győr Ballet School of the Arts between 1985 and 1991 and then at the Hungarian Dance Academy until 1994. After graduation he was offered a contract to the Hungarian National Ballet where he danced until 2015, in 2000 was promoted to Soloist.

Most important roles at HNB: Prince (The Nutcracker), Rotbart, Pas de trois (Swan Lake), Peasant pas de deux (Giselle), Waclaw (The Fountain of Bakhchisaray), Karenin (Anna Karenina), Gremin (Onegin), Paris (Romeo and Juliet), Charles Hamilton, Mr. Kennedy (Gone with the Wind), The Lord (The Tragedy of Man), Adam (Tricky Students), The Witch (Snow White), The High Brahmin (La Bayadére), Four Hungarian Officiers (Mayerling), principal parts in ballets by Balanchine (Serenade, Symphony in C, La Sonnambula) and solos in works of Kylian (Six Dances), van Manen (Five Tangos, Concertante, Adagio Hammerklavier), North (Death and the Maiden), de Valois (Checkmate), MacMillan (Concerto), Harangozó (Polovetsian Dances), Pártay (Bolero, Othello, The Golden Brush), Dózsa (Adagietto) and Lukács (Connection).

He received Junior Interlyra Award in 2002, Harangozó Gyula Prize from the Hungarian Ministry of Culture in 2007 and Golden Cross of Merit of Hungary in 2017. Toured with HNB in USA, Mexico, China, Japan, Spain, the Netherlands, Finland and was invited to international gala performances in Russia, Austria, Italy, Great-Britain, Finland as well as in Budapest in the memory of Rudolf Nureyev.

He graduated as ballet-teacher (BA) in 1998 and as dance theoretician and critic (BA) in 2003 at HDA, and at the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) he got MA diploma as choreographer in 2007. Earned a DLA in 2015.
Teacher at the Hungarian Dance Academy  from 1998, since 2018 as University Professor. In 2008 was appointed Deputy Director of Institute for Training Dance Artists where he is the Director since 2010.

His students won numerous awards at international ballet competitions and they are members of different companies worldwide (Semperoper Ballett Dresden, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Vienna Staatsballet, Ballet Mainz, Croatian and Hungarian National Ballet companies, Hofesh Shechter Company, Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani etc).

He was a guest teacher at Highschool of Arts in Amsterdam, at Nordic Ballet Seminar in Oslo and Helsinki and was teaching at the International Summer Courses and Dance Festivals of HDA, and Slovenia. Was also ballet master of the Hungarian National Ballet, Formosa Ballet of Taiwan, Ballet Preljocaj and Nureyev International Ballet Competition.
He was member of the jury at the Mia Corak Slavenska IBC (Zagreb, 2016), 12th IBC – Sicily (2017), Anna Pavlova BC (Florence, 2018), Pacific IBC (Tokyo, 2019). Also working as a dance critic and theoretician at Hungarian Dance Magazine.

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