Monday, 10 January 2022

Croatia’s First High School for Classical Ballet to Open in Rijeka?

January 10th, 2022 - The City of Rijeka announced plans to open a high school for classical ballet, the first of its kind in Croatia. The City is also planning to introduce an elementary school programme in English in one of the schools in Rijeka

The City of Rijeka and Vežica Elementary School sent a letter of intent to the Ministry of Science and Education in which they expressed interest in establishing a new high school for dance in Rijeka.

Vežica Elementary School Principal Violeta Nikolić said there had been a need for a school of this kind for a long time now. Such an educational institution in Rijeka would be the first of its kind in Croatia, reports Novi list.

‘This year, the Elementary School for Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance [in Rijeka] marks its 15th anniversary. In those 15 years, around twenty of our pupils had to continue their education in Zagreb or abroad. Namely, students are leaving for Ljubljana, Milan and Budapest. There is interest in higher education, and if Rijeka had its own school, there would certainly be even more interest. The idea is to open a four-year vocational school after which our students could find employment right away. The school would have two departments, for contemporary dance and classical ballet. It would be the first such school in Croatia’, explained Nikolić.

The principal believes that the new school would certainly attract students, not only from Primorje-Gorski kotar county, but from other parts of Croatia as well. Asked about the personnel that would work in the future school, she said this definitely wouldn’t be an issue as they already have staff that are experts in the field of dance. ‘A high school would only be an extension of what we’ve already been doing for 15 years’, said Nikolić.

The City is on board with the plan, according to Rijeka Deputy Mayor Sandra Krpan, who said the City would find a location for the future school. It wouldn’t be implemented in Vežica Elementary School, but would be an autonomous institution located in the city centre.

‘We embraced the idea of establishing a dance school right away. We’re also planning an expansion of Elementary School Vežica to fit the needs of the Elementary School for Ballet’, said Krpan, adding that the funds for the school expansion have already been set aside in this year’s city budget.

That’s not the only new school the City of Rijeka has in the works, as there are plans to open a new elementary school that would offer a programme in English. Krpan explained that establishment of a new educational institution wouldn’t be necessary in this case, as the new programme would be implemented in one of the existing schools in Rijeka.

‘Rijeka is developing, international companies are increasingly present and we believe that there’s a need for an elementary school programme in the English language. We would introduce it from the first grade of elementary school. We believe that personnel won’t be a problem’, said Krpan, adding that they haven’t yet decided which school would offer the new programme and that it might be implemented in multiple schools.



Monday, 5 November 2018

Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk - The First Flight' to Be Performed in Zagreb

ZAGREB, November 5, 2018 - Canada's Cirque du Soleil and the film "Avatar" have joined forces for a multisensory spectacle called "Toruk - The First Flight", which will be performed in Zagreb on December 7-9.

"Toruk - The First Flight", which premiered in 2015, has been seen by almost 1.5 million people and performed over 350 times in some 50 cities around the world. It was inspired by James Cameron's 2009 blockbuster "Avatar".

"Installations such as the impressive 13-metre-high Dream Catcher, a 20-square metre kite, Toruk, with a 12-metre wing span, a six-legged mythical creature, numerous costumes, puppets, visual effects and amazing animation will certainly leave Croatian audiences breathless too," according to an announcement of the two-hour performance.

The story takes the audience back 3,000 years before the events depicted in "Avatar", bringing to life on stage the mythical world of Pandora and the Na'vi people.

According to the show’s description on the Cirque du Soleil’s website, “in a stunning light inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, Cirque du Soleil transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting.”

Cirque du Soleil productions have been seen by more than 180 million people in over 420 cities on all six continents. The company has sold more than 10 million tickets and employs nearly 4,000 people, including 1,300 performers from 50 countries.

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Contemporary Dance Festival Coming to Zagreb

ZAGREB, September 16, 2018 - The autumn edition of the Dance Inn contemporary dance mini festival, Dance Inn Autumn 2018, will be held in Zagreb on September 20-23, as part of the Ganz Novi festival and it will feature two projects.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Contemporary Dance Festival Coming to Zadar

ZAGREB, August 19, 2018 - The 10th MONOPLAY contemporary dance festival will take place in Zadar on August 20-24, bringing many eminent artists, contemporary dancers, art theorists and fans from all over the world to several locations in the coastal city.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

2000 Dancers Coming to Pula for 17th IDF World Championship

April 21, 2018 - Pula will host a dance spectacle that will liven up the city for four days

Monday, 5 February 2018

Croatian Dancer Steals the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Justin Timberlake included a beautiful and talented Croatian dancer in his Super Bowl half-time show.