Stills from Gentian Doda in rehearsal studio with dancers.
Born in Tirana, Gentian Doda began his dancing career with the Albania´s National Theater of Opera and Ballet. He continued his artistic journey with positions at the Azerbaijan State Theater of Opera and Ballet, Teatro Arena di Verona, Balletto di Parma, Compañía de Victor Ullate and Compañia Nacional de Danza directed by Nacho Duato.
Doda began choreographing when he created for the choreographic workshops at Compañía Nacional de Danza (C.N.D) under the driection of Nacho Duato . He was later commissioned two pieces for C.N.D.2 and three creations for the main company.
In 2011, Doda received the First Choreography Prizes in the Copenhagen and Hanover contests, as well as the Scapino Production Prize.
Since then, he has created world premieres for New York Choreographic Institute, Scapino Ballet, Direccion Nacional de Danza Santo Domingo and Staatsballet Nürnberg, Gärtnerplatztheater, Teatro Massimo Palermo. He has also engaged in many collaborations and independent projects showing his works in Germany, USA, Israel, Spain, Italy, Albania, Denmark, China, among others.
In August 2014, he was offered the position of First Ballet Master of the Staatsballett Berlin where he was in role for four years. He premiered the theatrical piece “Die Letzte Reise” in Berlin and the solo “Kjaj” in Conde Duque, Madrid; and he restaged a repertoire piece at Teatro Massimo Palermo, Italy. In the past season he premiered two new shows, “This Sillence” at the Julliard School in New York, and “was bleibt” with Staatsballett Berlin at Komische Oper.
Gentian Doda lives and works in Berlin, currently creating new independent productions.
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