(c)Andreas Jakwerth
© Andreas Jakwerth

Roman Lazik

Roman Lazik was born in Bratislava. After his education at the Dance Conservatory in his hometown he joined the Slovakian National Theatre as Soloist. Hereinafter he was engaged by the PACT Ballet, Israel Ballet and once again by the Slovakian National Theatre. In 2000 he joined the Bayerisches Staatsballett where he was appointed Soloist in 2001, and First soloist in 2003. In 2007 Roman Lazik was engaged by the Ballet of Vienna State Opera und Volksoper. In 2010 he was appointed First soloist of the Vienna State Ballet. Since the 2020/21 season he is Senior Artist of the Vienna State Ballet. 
His repertoire in former engagements comprised main roles in classical productions as well as in creations of choreographers like George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan, Hans van Manen, Lucinda Childs, John Neumeier, Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián, Graeme Murphy and William Forsythe.

His Viennese repertoire comprises James in Pierre Lacotte's »La Sylphide«, Herzog Albrecht in Elena Tschernischova's »Giselle«, Solor in Vladimir Malakhov's »La Bayadère«, Prince Siegfried in Rudolf Nureyev's »Swan Lake«, Drosselmeyer/Der Prinz in Nureyev’s "The Nutcracker", Prinz Nussknacker in Gyula Harangozó’s »The Nutcracker«, Johann in Roland Petit’s »Die Fledermaus«, Romeo in John Cranko’s »Romeo and Juliet«, the title role in Cranko’s »Onegin«, Des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan’s »Manon«, Kronprinz Rudolph in MacMillan’s »Mayerling«, Oberon in Jorma Elo’s »Ein Sommernachtstraum«, Espada in Rudolf Nureyev’s »Don Quixote«, Angel and Potiphar in John Neumeier’s »Josephs Legende«, the doctor and Serge Diaghilew in Neumeier’s »Le Pavillon d’Armide, partner in Boris Eifman’s »Giselle Rouge«, young poet in »Platzkonzert« by Gyula Harangozó sen., widow Simone in Frederick Ashton’s »La Fille mal gardée«, padre Lorenzo in Davide Bombana’s »Roméo et Juliette«, father in Frederick Ashton’s »Marguerite and Armand«, Endymion in Manuel Legris’ »Sylvia« as well as main roles in George Balanchine’s »Stravinsky Violin Concerto«, »Symphony in C«, »Jewels” and »Liebeslieder Walzer«, Serge Lifar’s »Suite en blanc«, Harald Lander’s »Études«, Jerome Robbins’ »In the Night«, »Glass Pieces« and »The Four Seasons«, Hans van Manen’s »Adagio Hammerklavier« and »Trois Gnossiennes«, Rudi van Dantzig’s »Vier letzte Lieder«, Twyla Tharp’s »Variationen über ein Thema from Haydn«, John Neumeier’s »Bach Suite III«, Jiří Kylián’s »Petite Mort«, »Bella Figura« and »Symphony of Psalms«, Nils Christe’s »Before Nightfall«, Myriam Naisy’s »Ederlezi«, Jean-Christophe Maillot’s »Vers un Pays Sage«, Jorma Elo’s »Glow – Stop«, András Lukács’ »In Your Eyes My Face Remains«, Helen Pickett’s »Eventide«, Jiří Bubeníček’s »Le Souffle de l’esprit«, Christopher Wheeldon’s »Fool's Paradise«, Edwaard Liang’s »Murmuration«, Kenneth MacMillan’s »Concerto«, William Forsythe’s »Artifact Suite«, works by Martin Schläpfer such as  »Ein Deutsches Requiem«, as well as excerpts from Roland Petit’s »Proust ou les Intermittences du cœur« and Pas de deux (2nd Act) from Rudolf Nureyev’s »Cinderella«. Furthermore, he created roles in Jorma Elo’s »A Midsummer Night’s Dream«, Patrick de Bana’s »Marie Antoinette«, András Lukács' »The White Pas de deux«, Natalia Horecna’s »Contra Clockwise Witness«, Antony McDonald’s and Ashley Page’s »Ein Reigen« the role of Arnold Schönberg. Guest performances have taken him to many European countries and overseas.

His awards and honours include the bronze medal at the Ballet Competition in New York (1996), 1st prize at the Ballet Competition in Brno (1996), 1st prize at the ÖTR contest in Vienna (1997), Philip Morris Ballet Flower Award (1995 and 1996), prize of the Prime Minister of Slovakia (1996) and the prize of the Literarily Fund of Slovakia (1999).

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