As part of Theatre Night, this year under circumstances different from those of previous years, visitors once again had the opportunity to enjoy the ballet Lace by choreographer Maša Kolar and composer Tena Novak, demonstrating with their arrival that they feel safe in the theatre and have not given up on it. Immediately after the performance was the audience award ceremony for the best achievements in the ballet program and by guest artists in the last season.
The Olga Orlova Award for the best female ballet role was received by Tea Rušin for the leading role in the ballet Lace and the dominant artistic performance level in the performance Burning Water. The Joža Komljenović Audience Award for the best male role went to Tilman Patzak. He received the award for his role as The Nutcracker in the ballet The Nutcracker, and for a dominant level of artistic presence in the shows Lace and Burning Water. Both winners thanked the audience for their votes and pointed out how important the opinion of the audience is to them, as well as how the decision motivates further creation.
The ballet-dance performance Burning Water with music by Julien Tarride and choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis received the most votes in the category of ballet performance as a whole and won the Boris Papandopulo Award. The award was received on behalf of the choreographer by the director of the Ballet, Maša Kolar, who emphasized that she was proud of the show’s author team and of the whole Rijeka ballet ensemble.
The Sarah Bernhardt Audience Award for the best guest artist achievement went to Neva Rošić for the roles of Neva Rošić and Mafalda in the play “Practicing Life – Second Time”. Jelena Lopatić, her student and current colleague as well as a partner in the play, accepted the award on her behalf from Intendant Marin Blažević. She passed on Neva Rošić’s message to the Rijeka audience: “My dear citizens of Rijeka, I am proud of the award you have given me and hope that I will repay you for it.”