Uğur Seyrek
Uğur Seyrek worked as soloist ballet artist at the Ankara State Opera and Ballet between 1977-1980. In 1980, he went to Germany to develop his knowledge and technique and worked as a soloist dancer in the "State Theater Berlin" and "State Theater Stuttgart Ballet" ballet ensembles. He performed in 58 different countries and had the opportunity to work with world famous choreographers; M. Haydee, J. Cranko, J. Kylian, U. Scholz, G. Tetley, J. Numeier, W. Forsythe, M. Béjart, M. Millan, H. van Manen, D. Aykal, G. McMillan, Balanchine and others. In 1987, he successfully graduated from the John Cranko Stuttgart Ballet Academy and shared the stage with Malakov, who was considered as one of the most important dancers of the world in New York in 1997, with the ballet "Romeo and Juliet". In 1999 he graduated from the Dance Pedagogy department at the Wüerttenbergishe Ballet Academy in Stuttgart, where he received his dance teacher diploma and after this finished his active dancing career. After that he had the chance to stage five choreographies performed by Stuttgart Ballet Dancers on behalf of "Nover Young Choreographers Association". In 2001, he worked as Chief Choreographer and Head Teacher at Istanbul State Opera and Ballet. From 1997 until today he made choreographies of modern dance works such as; Bolero, Balloon, Bozkır, Uçarcasına( on the occasion of the 75th Celebrities of the Turkish Republic), Scream, Blue Eyed Giant, Dont Kill the Butterflies, Contrast, Canvas, Victim, Bride, Air, Otello, Kösem Sultan, Salome, The Price of Love, Tangopera and Çesmebaşı (Near the Fountain). He also performed choreographies of major operas such as Turandot, Aida and Zaide. At Cemal Reşit Rey Dance Theater, his work titled IDENTITES was staged. He was the initiator of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet to perform a tour of 8 representations in Germany in 1998-2000. Between 1998-2001, he brought the works of the world's most important choreographers to Ankara's ballet repertoire. These are Marcia Haydee's Sleeping Beauty, John Cranko's Shocking Girl, Uwe Scholz's Seventh Symphony and J. Kylian's Forgotten Boy. Besides Uğur Seyrek's choreographic carreer, he started painting and sculpture studies in Berlin in 1983. He participated to more than sixty personal and mixed exhibitions. These exhibitions were especially focused on works about his stay in Stuttgart. You can dance in his paintings and sculptures, find the aesthetics of painting and sculpture in his choreographies. Awards received, Donizetti Awards 2011; most successful choreography of the year (Otello Ballet). Donizetti awards 2012; The most successful choreographer of the year (Otello and Salome ballets). Lions Club's Tülay Kahramankaptan Award 2010; The Best Choreographer and Method (Otello Ball) Caddebostan Lions Club Opera and Ballet Awards 2011; Most successful Choreographer and Director (Otello Ball) Caddebostan Lions Club Opera and Ballet Awards 2014; Most successful choreographer and director (for all studies) Rarely, he has been organizing the Bodrum Aspat Dance Platform, which he has been organizing for many years, to bring young Turkish dancers together with local and foreign dancers and to contribute to their physical and mental development.