Maša Kolar

Artistic director of Ballet

Maša Kolar was born in Zagreb in 1973. In her hometown she finished the School for Dance Ana Maletić. She attended Vlaamse Dansacademie in Brugge/ Belgium and graduated Contemporary dance, teaching department on the Academy of the dramatic art University of Zagreb (BA) and Culture studies on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka (MA). Her professional dance career began in 1986 at the Comedy Theatre in Zagreb, and continued in 1992 in Semproper Ballet Dresden, where in 1995 she gains the status of a soloist. In 1997 she won the Mary Wingman award for special achievements for choreographies of John Neumeier, Stephan Thoss and Mats Ek. In 1998 she joined Thoss TanzKompanie. With the role of Carmen, choreographed by Mats Ek, she toured Asia. Since 2000 she has collaborated with Queensland Ballet in Brisbane / Australia. In 2005, 2006 and 2008 she lectured at Scandinavian Dance Academy in Stockholm / Sweden and Centre for the Arts Interlochen/ USA, assists Stephan Thoss in Aalto Ballet in Essen / Germany. In 2007 she joins Aterballetto in Reggio Emilia / Italy, where she worked with choreographers such as Mauro Bigonzetti, Ohad Naharin, Marco Goecke, Gina Patterson, André Mesquita and Walter Matteini. From 2006 she works in Zagreb youth theatre as a dance teacher and choreographer while she pursues her international career as a freelance dance artist. She choreographed ballet Interval for the Ballet of National Theatre and Othello for Bitef Dance Company, both in Belgrade / Serbia. She continues to produce, choreograph and performs many full-length pieces in Zagreb. For National Youth Ballet in Hamburg she makes three short choreographies. From 2013 until now she choreographs Pour homme et femme, Macbeth, Lace, Rite of Spring and Afternoon of a Faun for Rijeka Ballet in Croatia. 2016 she choreographed Bolero for Croatian National Ballet in Zagreb and in 2018 Allegro for Croatian National Ballet in Split.

She received numerous awards: Croatian Theatre Award for female dancer in 2008, Austin Critics Table Award for outstanding dancing in Austin / USA, Award for outstanding dancing performance and Audience Award for choreography BoNeT in Copenhagen / Denmark in 2010, Production award of 27th and the 30st Dance week festival, Vocational Award from UPUH and two awards of the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka: Olga Orlova in 2013 and Boris Papandopulo for choreography of Macbeth in 2018 and for Rite of Spring in 2021.

With the season 2017/18 she is appointed artistic director of Ballet CNT Rijeka/ Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre Rijeka where she acts as choreographer and creative producer.