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Natalia Horečna is a dancer and choreographer. She was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 26 October 1976. Horečna received her dance training from 1987 to 1994 at the Bratislava Conservatoire. At age 17 she won a ballet competition in Lausanne, and used the cash prize to receive dance training at the Hamburg Conservatoire. After a year at the Conservatoire, in 1995 she won a place in John Neumeier’s dance company, the Hamburg Ballet, where she gradually rose to become a soloist. She danced there until 2003. Her major roles included ‘Circe’ in the Odyssey; ‘Manon Lescaut’; ‘Black Pas de Deux’ in The Lady of the Camellias; a duet in Magnificat – Agnus Dei (originally created for Silvie Guiellem), ‘Two Big Swans’ and the ‘Butterfly Solo’ in Swan Lake, ‘Eleonora’ in Nijinski, and many more.

After years of performing classical dance, Horečna left to pursue a career in modern dance in the Netherlands. From 2003 to 2006 she danced with the Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam. In 2006 she was asked by the then Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater, Anders Hellström, to audition for NDT1. She joined NDT1 in August 2006, and she will dance with the company until August 2012. From August 2012 Horečna will devote herself full time to her second career as a choreographer. During her career in modern dance she has danced many roles in works by world-famous choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Wayne McGregor, Ed Wubbe, Sjoerd Vreugtenhil, Jacopo Godani, Jiri Bubenicek and many others.

Horečna created her first choreography at NDT in 2007: Lullaby of Little Soldiers. My Broken Self (NDT) followed in 2008, and Lie Lies (a Korzo production) in 2009. In partnership with Theater de Regentes in The Hague she choreographed As If It Happened (for NDT’s UpComing Choreographers 2010). In 2010 she created Pollice Verso and Day (NDT).

In 2011 she made Funeral Purgatorial, followed in the summer of 2011 by The night (for dance students of the NDT Summer Course).

In 2012 she created Dressed Up in Tissue Paper for the soloists of the National Youth Ballet of Hamburg Ballet, and Not Without My Head for the Hamburg Ballet’s first soloists. In the spring of 2012 she made Gloomy Triptych on Pink for Chemnitz Ballet.
In August 2012 was the premiere of her choreography Spat Upon, made ​​for NDT Summer Intensive. On September 15, 2012 was the premiere of Horečna's choreography for the film'' Spiral Netty'' in collaboration with Pierre Bokma and Karin Post for museum Cloth Hall.
Recently she is named by "Tanz Jahrbuch 2012" one of the choreographers of the year.

In November 2012 she made a premiere for Ballet Graz.

In the meantime (the november 20th 2012), she was invited by Her Majesty The Queen Beatrix, to the State Banquet in honor of the Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic.

Recently Horečna created for Graz (Firebird). In the near future Horečna will create for the Ballet of Kiel, Chemnitz, Innsbruck Ballet, Finnish National Ballet and NDT2 (UpComing Choreographers, Cadance Festival opening). Also she will work on a new creation for the summer course in Antwerp and a new creation for The Vienna State Theatre/the big house (in triple bill with William Forsyth).

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