Arabesque Dance Company, founded in 1967 is the sole ballet company in Bulgaria with a real prestige for the contemporary staging, based on the unconventional trends in the field of the modern dance. The ballet company includes 16 dancers – 8 females and 8 males. Boriana Sechanova (choreographer) is the Artistic Director of Arabesque Dance Company since 2000.
The repertoire of Ballet “Arabesque” contains more than 100 different artistic works. The open stage method has made it possible for choreographers from Bulgaria and elsewhere in the world to put on their own performances, differing in their style.
Among the successful joint projects of the Ballet “Arabesque” with foreign choreographers in the recent five years are the Bulgarian-French “Who Says Who?” – choreography: Hristiyan Bakalov; the Bulgarian-English “Parallel Worlds” – a joint project with “Random Dance Company” and “Aeon” – choreography: Wayne McGregor; “Duality” and “Seen and Unseen” – choreography: Liz Lee; the Bulgarian-American “Sequences” – choreography: Roger Jeffrey. Ballet “Arabesque” has put on in Bulgaria one of the most famous and loved American musicals “Hair” (2004). It has also participated in the world premiere of the stage version of the film production “All That Jazz” (2006).
During its forty-year-long history the Ballet “Arabesque” visited a lot of countries on the five continents around the world; it has taken part in international productions (“Hoffman’s Stories” “The Flying Dutchman”, “Samson and Delilah”, “Carmen”, “Faust’s Curse”, etc. We have also participated in the Opera Festival in Bergents in the period 1987-1992 and in 2001 in the super-production of the opera “Aida” at the SHALKE-04 Stadium in Gelsenkirhen, Germany and STADE DE FRANCE – Paris, France and the dance festivals: “Dance and Beyond” – Detroit, The Festival of the Danube Cities – Austria, “Women Creators of the Two Seas” organized by UNESCO – Thessalonike, “Euro Dance” – Yash, Romania, the Solun Festival “Dimitriya”, Greece, “Monmartre in Europe” – Paris, France, “The Ballet Festival – Istanbul”, Turkey, “Europalia” – Brussels, Belgium, “The 1st Balkan Performing Arts Market” – Thessalonike, Greece.
With one of its most successful performances – “Carmina Burana” (music Karl Orff, choreography Boriana Sechanova) and “Bolero” (music Maurice Ravel, choreography Margarita Arnaudova) Ballet “Arabesque” displayed its original and exquisite style during its tour in the United States in November 2005 and January 2006. The last premiere of ARABESQUE CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY – “Worship and violence” – variations on Mozart’s Don Juan theme (music Hristo Petkov, choreography Boriana Sechanova) and “Duality” (music Astor Piazzola, choreography Liz Lea) gained the admiration of the demanding audience.
“Arabesque” has visited Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Poland, Russia, Finland, France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Spain, Belgium, USA, India, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Singapore
Every year ARABESQUE CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY organizes a competition for choreographers “In memoriam of Margarita Arnaudova”- one of the most outstanding choreographers and directors of the company.