Kaloyan Boyadjiev

Pretty Creatives Award Winner 2019

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1977,  Kaloyan Boyadjiev joined the National Ballet School, Sofia, Bulgaria in 1986. In 1995 he started working at The State Theater Ballet Pretoria, South Africa, as a Senior Soloist until 2000. From 2000 to 2002 he danced with the National Opera and Ballet, Sofia, Bulgaria as a Soloist. Since 2002 Kaloyan has been a Principal Dancer with the Norwegian National Ballet. During his esteemed career, Kaloyan has danced soloist and principal roles in the classical repertoire including Romeo and Mercurio in Romeo and Juliet, Basilio in Don Quixote, James in La Sulphide, Colas in La Fille mal Gardée, and Albert in Giselle, among others. In the contemporary repertoire he has worked with some of the most acclaimed choreographers including Jiří Kylián, Paul Lightfoot – Sol Leon, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, and Johan Inger. As a choreographer, Kaloyan has created contemporary works for the Norwegian National Ballet and a version of The Nutcracker, which was nominated as the Best Premiere in Dance Europe for 2016. Additional original works include Lost in Time, Frozen Silence, Fade in BlackOpen for DiscussionRoundabout, and Picture Perfect. Kaloyan was a finalist for the 1994 Paris International Ballet Competition and he was awarded the modern dancer prize at the Ballet Competition Pretoria in 1997. Kaloyan was nominated for the Crystal Lyre award in 2001 and the Vita Award for Ballet in1998, which he won the following year.